The Blackhouse


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$28.00  $26.04
Scribner Book Company
Publish Date
6.35 X 9.29 X 1.3 inches | 1.08 pounds

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About the Author

Carole Johnstone's award-winning short fiction has appeared in annual "Best of" anthologies in the United States and United Kingdom. She lives with her husband in an old farmhouse outside Glasgow, Scotland, though her heart belongs to the sea and the wild islands of the Hebrides. She is the author of Mirrorland and The Blackhouse.


Advance Praise for The Blackhouse

"Fans of Tana French will embrace author Johnstone's skill at weaving supernatural and setting-as-character aspects into her story, and readers of Lisa Jewell will enjoy her unexpected plotting and character development. The caliber of Johnstone's writing and masterful storytelling will delight both. This richly evocative story exists at the point where love, fear, guilt, bad decisions, psychosis, and mythology collide." --Kirkus, Starred Review

"Atmospheric, thrilling, and utterly captivating."--Booklist

"A uniquely claustrophobic and disconcerting tale with notes of otherworldliness." --Book Riot

"Spins Norse legends, Hebridean superstitions, Bronze Age history and canny Scottish wisdom into a deeply absorbing and wildly atmospheric mystery about the dangerous brew of self-loathing, familial duty and guilt. Johnstone cleverly sets revelations, sometimes sinister, always startling, across her plot... the alchemy of place, plot and character is the white-bright light at the core of Johnstone's novel." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

"[An] eerie gothic thriller... this ghost story ultimately packs a gale-force wallop. Johnstone is a writer to watch." --Publishers Weekly

"Read THE BLACKHOUSE with the lights on, wrapped in a cozy blanket... The early spring of the Scottish isle will chill your bones, along with the darkness of the book. It's as unsettling as the ocean in the stormy seas and as enigmatic as the Norse myths that accompany it. And the twists -- oh, the twists." --Book Reporter

"Provides pulse-pounding panic." --Popsugar

"Atmospheric and compelling with an excellent sense of place, this literary thriller is somehow both uplifting and heart-breaking, with some very unexpected twists!" --Catherine Cooper, author of The Chalet and The Chateau

"One of the most atmospheric novels of the year... cements her reputation as a rising queen of the gothic." --Crime Reads

"One of the best suspense novels of the year... Richly atmospheric, gothic, eerie, and pulse-pounding... Multi-layered and mystical, The Blackhouse will hook you, reel you in, and capture your imagination until the last thrilling twist. --Mystery and Suspense Magazine