Monday, April 25, 2016

The Devil's Serenade by Catherine Cavendish [4 stars]

From the Description
Maddie had forgotten that cursed summer. Now she's about to remember. . .

"Madeleine Chambers of Hargest House" has a certain grandeur to it. But as Maddie enters the Gothic mansion she inherited from her aunt, she wonders if its walls remember what she's blocked out of the summer she turned sixteen.

She's barely settled in before a series of bizarre events drive her to question her sanity. Aunt Charlotte's favorite song shouldn't echo down the halls. The roots of a faraway willow shouldn't reach into the cellar. And there definitely shouldn't be a child skipping from room to room.

As the barriers in her mind begin to crumble, Maddie recalls the long-ago summer she looked into the face of evil. Now, she faces something worse. The mansion's long-dead builder, who has unfinished business-and a demon that hungers for her very soul

Publication Date: April 19, 2016

Publication Length: 208 pages

Publisher: Samhain Publishing


I received a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.


The Devil's Serenade is a fun and spooky haunted house story. It has a gothic feel to it complete with a creaky old manor house that hides a terrifying history, clannish villagers, and mysterious ghostly visions. It has some genuinely creepy moments paired with a palpable sense of creeping dread that made me want to yell at Maddie to get out of there already. Maddie is a fantastic character. Older than your average heroines, with flaws and real life problems, make her realistic and engaging. A great book to curl up with on a stormy night. I recommend this delightful 4 star read.


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About the Author

Hello, my name's Catherine Cavendish and I write (mainly) paranormal horror fiction.

My new novel - THE PENDLE CURSE - is published by Samhain Publishing on February 3rd 2015. My previous novel - SAVING GRACE DEVINE - is available in paperback and eBook.

I was one of four winners of their first Samhain Horror Anthology Competition with my Gothic horror novella, LINDEN MANOR. This is now available as a standalone eBook or as part of the paperback anthology - WHAT WAITS IN THE SHADOWS.


All are available from most online booksellers.

I live with a longsuffering husband in North Wales. Our home is in a building dating back to the mid 18th century which is haunted by a friendly ghost, who announces her presence by footsteps, switching lights on and strange phenomena involving the washing machine and the TV.

When not slaving over a hot computer, I enjoy wandering around Neolithic stone circles and visiting old haunted houses.

You can find me at or on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter


Praise for The Devil's Serenade

"The Devil's Serenade builds a sense of dread, with genuine scares, right up to the climax." --Daniel G. Keohane, Bram Stoker nominated author of Solomon's Grave

I absolutely love Cat's books. Hers are very different from what you may be used to. If you've never read one of her books before, I highly recommend you start here" - Cat After Dark

"The denouement scared me pale. Read with the lights on...and ignore those noises upstairs." - Mallory Heart Reviews

"This is a haunted house tale as full of memories and regrets as it is demons and spirits. More importantly, it's a story where the house itself is part of the story." - Beauty in Ruins

"I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good creepy story." - FangFreakin-tastic Reviews

"Ms Cavendish weaves a mysterious and spine tingling tale." - Just a Little R&R

"Fans of gothic horror are sure to eat this book up" -

"There's plenty of twists, turns, and doubt...horror and ghost-loving fans will really like to sink into this one."- The Reader's Hollow