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The Lighthouse Witches
The Lighthouse Witches | C. J. Cooke
Two sisters go missing on a remote Scottish island. Twenty years later, one is found--but she's still the same age as when she disappeared. The secrets of witches have reached across the centuries in this chilling Gothic thriller from the author of the acclaimed The Nesting. When single mother Liv is commissioned to paint a mural in a 100-year-old lighthouse on a remote Scottish island, it's an opportunity to start over with her three daughters--Luna, Sapphire, and Clover. When two of her daughters go missing, she's frantic. She learns that the cave beneath the lighthouse was once a prison for women accused of witchcraft. The locals warn her about wildlings, supernatural beings who mimic human children, created by witches for revenge. Liv is told wildlings are dangerous and must be killed. Twenty-two years later, Luna has been searching for her missing sisters and mother. When she receives a call about her youngest sister, Clover, she's initially ecstatic. Clover is the sister she remembers--except she's still seven years old, the age she was when she vanished. Luna is worried Clover is a wildling. Luna has few memories of her time on the island, but she'll have to return to find the truth of what happened to her family. But she doesn't realize just how much the truth will change her.
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Gizmo86
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Great book- struggled a little at the beginning but managed to get into the storyline. Great twists and turns and mystery element. Found some of the tone of some of the characters a bit whiny but didn't stop me from enjoying. Definitely recommend 🧙

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Gizmo86
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A break from Karin Slaughter, finally getting around to reading this one that Bear picked out ❤️🐻

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TorieStorieS
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My book club will be discussing this one a little later in the month- I usually wait to listen a bit closer but I don‘t think I‘ll have any trouble remembering this one! In 1998, Luna‘s mother and two sisters go missing. In 2021, she receives a call that her younger sister has been found… but she‘s not 29… she‘s still 7! Multiple timelines and narrators make this a quick and engaging listen! The plot takes some unexpected turns but it‘s fun!

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Bzosche
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“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” -Voltaire

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traa
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AmandaBlaze
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Eggs 🖤🧙🎃 3mo
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Laughterhp
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I really liked this book. I wanted to scream at the mom a lot of the time. I liked going back and forth in time and the journal entries. I‘m really glad I picked this one up.

#decadeschallenge - using for 2020s
#31by31 - book 2
#witchathon #spookoween #theoctoberreadathon #pointsathon #20in4 #autumnbingo2022 #stabbybookclub #autumnatoz - L #scarathlon2022 #teammonstermash

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+15pts - witch #scarathlondailyprompts

DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 4mo
TheSpineView Awesome 4mo
Ann_Reads Way to go! 🎃🎃🎃 4mo
Catsandbooks Fantastic! 🖤👻 4mo
Andrew65 Sounds good. 4mo
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Laughterhp
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Here are the books I want to finish for #20in4 #Readathon

I have all 4 days off but do have plans Sat and Sun. I‘m hoping to finish my audio which should be no problem. I‘m at 72%. And then I‘ve started both books in print, just haven‘t made a dent.

And I‘m hoping to not get distracted by books on my kindle and read my print books.

Andrew65 Best of luck 😁 4mo
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LeslieO
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Spooky season! Plus some miscellaneous. Bring on October! #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Laughterhp
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Yay! It‘s opening day for #FFFS !

I‘m so excited about these 2 books! They‘ve been on my TBR for a bit and now I have an excuse to read them!

The blanket is super soft and so cute! The candle is super cute and I love me a Reese‘s! And it took me forever to find where you hid the tea (so it‘s not pictured 🤣)

Thanks so much for everything!

Avanders 🍁🍂♥️🫶🏽 4mo
squirrelbrain And now we need to know where the tea was hidden! 🤣 4mo
Laughterhp @squirrelbrain It was hidden in between the pages of the books! 🤣🤣 4mo
MadelineMcCrae I‘m glad you liked it!!!😊😂 4mo
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angelamiller88
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I really enjoyed the tale told by C.J Cooke, a story based around the Scottish witch trials, folklore and wildlings. Suspenseful and skin tingling at times, particularly when the story is being told by the characters in the past. Made me check my children for marks 🤣🤣 I look forward to more by this author.

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wildwoodreads
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August was a hit or miss month. I really enjoyed some of the stuff I read, but I also read some stuff that I didn‘t like. I also dnfed more than I read. Some I put down to pick up at another time, but I just couldn‘t push through Old Country. So I‘m still on the hunt for some spooky season reads. Help me out and drop a few in the comments. I need some material for my September tbr.

https://wildwoodreads.com/2022/08/31/august-2022-wrap-up/

ravenlee I don‘t read much spooky stuff, but I do like some spooky MG: the Serafina series by Robert Beatty; Katherine Arden‘s Small Spaces and sequels (the last one was due out this month); Thirteens and Brackenbeast by Kate Alice Marshall. 5mo
wildwoodreads @ravenlee I love Katherine Arden! I don‘t know how I didn‘t know about Small Spaces. I‘ll have to check it out! 5mo
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ShyBookOwl
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I adored this one! Really atmospheric with great twists.

#LetterL #alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 6mo
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wildwoodreads
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed parts of The Lighthouse Witches. It‘s set on a remote Scottish Island that is full of folklore. It‘s so atmospheric and creepy. But there were a few glaring plot issues that were hard to ignore. And then a sci-fi plot line came out of left field and completely dissolved the folklore plot line that I loved.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review: https://wildwoodreads.com/2022/08/09/the-lighthouse-witches-review/

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wildwoodreads
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I‘m going to be honest; I don‘t imagine that I will read very much this month. We‘re right in the middle of remodeling our house and it‘s probably going to take a month to get everything back in place when they‘re finished. The chances of having enough time to read is slim. Plus, all of my things from my living room are blocking my tbr shelf right now. So I‘m reading the two books that I have access to. 😂😂😂

What are you reading in August?

ozma.of.oz Good luck with the remodel! I‘m working on the #AugustARC challenge, trying to get my backlog under control. 😂 6mo
wildwoodreads @ozma.of.oz Thanks! I definitely understand that. My backlog is ridiculous 😂 6mo
ozma.of.oz I‘ll look forward to your thoughts on The Lighthouse Witches! I‘ve had that title on my TBR for a while now! 6mo
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FantasyChick
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I wasn't planning on doing any shelf rearranging today but somebody wanted to pull out an entire shelf's worth of "Big, Heavy" books ?

Guess it's a sign to finally put those new books I bought away

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MysticFaerie
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Pickpick

I loved this book. The cover art is amazing, as well. 5🌟/5🌟

truthinfiction The cover is a stunner! 8mo
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ShyBookOwl
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They bind our feet and ankles, tear off our clothes and douse us with alcohol. #firstlinefridays

Kind of a dark way to start, but I'm here for it 😅

Julsmarshall Oooh, intriguing start! 10mo
SRWCF For first line Fridays, is it the first line ever of the book, or the first line of where you're currently at in the book? If that makes sense...! 10mo
ShyBookOwl @SRWCF Hey! It's the very first line of the book you are currently reading. That way it stays spoiler-free 😊 10mo
SRWCF @ShyBookOwl ohhhh! That makes sense. Thank you! 10mo
ShyBookOwl @SRWCF you're welcome! 10mo
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ShyBookOwl
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Reading Buddies
#catsoflitsy

AlaMich 😻 10mo
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cosmicgoddess
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My reading buddy (-:

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Cazxxx
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Been dying to finish this one it was so good! Set in Scotland where girls go missing, it was magical and atmospheric with well written characters and I couldn‘t put it down
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ozma.of.oz I am so in love with this cover! ❤️❤️ 13mo
Cazxxx @ozma.of.oz It‘s lovely isn‘t it 😍 13mo
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Ange44
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My next ten books lined up! #tenatatime. Round 41

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BeeMagical
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DANIELLE!!!😭🖤🤍🖤

I don‘t know how you knew, but I LOVE Stroopwafels!!🇩🇪😍
I love the mini colouring book and ERASEABLE coloured pencils!?!🌲How perfect for my Virgo perfectionist self😂👏🏻

The Ex Hex was a #LitsyMadeMeDoIt addition and I CANT WAIT to read it!!🖤

Everything is so perfect😭 BRING ON THE LORE!!!🖤💚

Now off to make all the birth charts!!!💫🪐🌛🌞

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Happy early Yule everyone!!❤️❤️

#WSS

sprainedbrain What a lovely package! Also, I LOVED The Lighthouse Witches. ❤️ (edited) 13mo
BeeMagical @sprainedbrain it sounds soooo good!! So excited to dive in!!👏🏻❤️ 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm glad you like it all. 💚💚 I look forward to opening your gifts once I'm back home. #haveayulethatscool 13mo
Chrissyreadit 💙🤍❄️😍🤍❄️💙 13mo
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candc320
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So if ever there was an argument for plugging along through a book you aren‘t loving it‘s this one! It took me so long to finish this and I admit I started skimming through the middle. Then magic happened and I figured out what was really going on and by the end I loved this novel! So so good! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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sprainedbrain
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This book checked a lot of boxes for me, and ended up being one of my most surprising picks of the year so far.

My review of this NetGalley gem and perfect fall read is on my blog: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2021/11/07/review-the-lighthouse-witches-by-c-j-cooke/

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

MeganAnn Great review! 1y
sprainedbrain @MeganAnn thanks! ❤️ 1y
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JoyBlue
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Panpan

My #UnpopularOpinion of the day: This is probably the dullest piece of Gothic fiction I‘ve ever read. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-lighthouse-witches

julesG I kind of agree 1y
JoyBlue @julesG So sad for us! 😢 1y
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julesG
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Tending my plant babies while I'm waiting for the cauliflower soup to boil.

Just noticed that my lucky bamboo has a new sprouting. The peppermint cuttings I took from a friend's garden for tea have sprouted roots.

Also, my daughter's "we'll make salt crystals" experiments from Spring are still on the tray.

#20in4 #readathon @Andrew65

julesG @wanderinglynn #NourishingNovember #BFC21 - making cauliflower soup from scratch. 😁 1y
Andrew65 A great post! 1y
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candc320
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Some recent purchases from the Target (top photo) and Amazon (bottom photo) Buy 2 Get 1 Free sales! Reading The Lighthouse Witches now - early days but really good so far - and most of the others I‘m adding to next month‘s Bookspin Bingo board. Both The Song of Achilles and It Ends With Us are impulse buys after hearing rave reviews on TikTok. Hopefully I love them too!

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Mpcacher
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This was a wonderfully atmospheric read for Halloween season. When two children go missing on a remote Scottish island in 1998, the frantic mother is told stories of witches and wildings (supernatural children that look like real children). In 2021 the third child is now an adult and rushes back to the island when she gets word one of her sisters has been found. I enjoyed the book, giving it an almost 4/5 stars.

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KristiAhlers
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Book 16 for October themed reads. This one was SO good! Scottish lore, dynamic characters. Totally worth picking up and reading!

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Reecaspieces
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Sassy_Steph
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I just finished this one last night! So good, couldn‘t put it down!! Read it! Perfect for this time of year!

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BeckyLeJ
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C. J. Cooke‘s The Lighthouse Witches is out today! I loved this book—perfect creepy vibes for fall! And a lovely Blueberry Peach Cobbler teacup candle from Beautifully Novel (you can find her on Etsy, if you‘re interested).

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ReadingEnvy
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The Lighthouse Witches takes place on an island off the west coast of Scotland (for some reason it's never called the Hebrides in this book.) A mother moves there to paint a mural inside a lighthouse and uproots her daughters to do so, but then they disappear. The island has a long sordid history including witchhunts and missing children, and the author has used a lot from Scottish folklore and history.

#spooktober #scaretober

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