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The Lighthouse Witches

book | Fiction | Sep 2021
US & Canada → Berkley (Ed. Danielle Perez)
World excluding US → HarperCollins (Ed. Kimberley Young)

Upon the cliffs of a remote Scottish island, Lòn Haven, stands a lighthouse.

A lighthouse that weathered more than storms.

Mysterious and terrible events have happened on this island. It started with a witch hunt. Now, centuries later, islanders are vanishing without explanation.

Coincidence? Or curse?

Liv Stay flees to the island with her three daughters, in search of a home. She doesn’t believe in witches, or dark omens, or hauntings. But within months, her daughter Luna will be the only one of them left.

Twenty years later, Luna is drawn back to the place her family vanished. As the last sister left, it’s up to her to find out the truth . . .

But what really happened at the lighthouse all those years ago?


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This ghost story is a perfect mix of propulsive plot and shivers-up-the-spine spookiness.

Good Housekeeping

Spooky and suspenseful


This ghost story is a perfect mix of propulsive plot and shivers-up-the-spine spookiness.

Good Housekeeping

This book grabbed me on the first page and didn't release its grip until the last. With characters that feel like they live and breathe, an atmospheric setting and a plot that kept me guessing, all delivered in luminous prose, this is a flawless read. Underpinned by a story of the Scottish witch hunts, the themes remain starkly relevant today.

Elizabeth Lee, author of Cunning Women

The Lighthouse Witches is utterly enthralling, original and atmospheric. C J Cooke writes with such haunting beauty, I was hooked from page one.

N J Simmons, author of The Indigo Chronicles

[B]reathless pacing, evocative prose, and a hopeful denouement leave readers feeling gratified. Supernatural suspense fans will be well pleased.

Publishers Weekly

Right from the start, I was hooked on this eerie, cryptic novel. I don’t know how CJ Cooke does it, but every time I pick up one of her books, I can’t stop reading until the last page.

Samantha Downing, Sunday Times bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and For Your Own Good

Cooke manages to set a compelling timeshift mystery in a very real world, where believable people navigate authentic problems such as grief, parenting and peer pressure. The Lighthouse Witches is surprising and inventive.

Sarah Burton, author of the Strange Adventures of H

Put this one on your spooky season list, fellow ghouls. You will not be disappointed.

The Roarbots

Packed with shocking twists and ominous visions, C J Cooke spins a gothic tale of supernatural horrors.

Woman's Own

The Lighthouse Witches is an intricate story about women and the witch trials but with a delightful time-slip element that really works. It’s a compelling story and very satisfying how the threads are woven together.

Kate Sawyer, author of The Stranding

With beautiful prose and potent, pacy chapters, The Lighthouse Witches layers a gripping mystery with a history of witch hunts and unique mythology. Like a lighthouse roving atmospheric waters, its secrets are revealed glimpse by tantalising glimpse.

Cari Thomas, author of Threadneedle

A gripping meditation on terror and superstition.

Sara Sheridan, author of Brighton Belle