The Orphan of Cemetery Hill by Hester Fox is an Adult Historical Gothic story of a girl with a secret gift on the run..
The dead won’t bother you if you don’t give them permission.
Tabby has a peculiar gift: she can communicate with the recently departed. It makes her special, but it also makes her dangerous.
As an orphaned child, she fled with her sister, Alice, from their charlatan aunt Bellefonte, who wanted only to exploit Tabby’s gift so she could profit from the recent craze for seances.
Now a young woman and tragically separated from Alice, Tabby works with her adopted father, Eli, the kind caretaker of a large Boston cemetery. When a series of macabre grave robberies begins to plague the city, Tabby is ensnared in a deadly plot by the perpetrators, known only as the “Resurrection Men.”
In the end, Tabby’s gift will either save both her and the cemetery—or bring about her own destruction.”
If you love reading ghost stories in the dark, this gothic spin will surely put a little spook in your night!
This isn’t a scary story by any means, but the introduction of grave-robbing, speaking to the dead-vibes leaves you with a chill down your spine.
I really enjoyed getting to know the main character’s struggle with her gift and the people who continue to abuse and exploit her. It was interesting to see how it shaped into a paranormal, 1800s mystery surrounding a single cemetery. I also was fond of the relationship that developed towards the end of the book, and overall, I gave this one a 3 out of 5 stars.
This won’t be a new favorite, but it definitely fit the ghost-y vibes of the upcoming season. If any aspects of this book sounds right up your alley, I recommend you check this one out!
Published: 15 September 2020
Publisher: Graydon House Books
Genre: Adult Historical / Gothic
How I Read It: eARC from Publisher
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*
Hester Fox is a full-time writer and mother, with a background in museum work and historical archaeology. Most weekends you can find Hester exploring one of the many historic cemeteries in the area, browsing bookshops, or enjoying a seasonal latte while writing at a café. She lives outside of Boston with her husband and their son.
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