The Write Reads BBNYA Finalsit Tour


Today, I am joining the tour for the finalists of the BBNYA competition.

If you don't know about this competition, her is a little info for you.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 15 finalists and one overall winner.  

If you are an author and wish to learn more about the BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website or Twitter @bbnya_official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.

Inheritance often comes with strings attached, but rarely are they as tangled as those hanging over High Hearth.

When Eudora Fellowes learns she's the sole heir of her estranged great-aunt's seaside manor, she believes it will be the peaceful escape she's longed for. What awaits, however, is a dark legacy shrouded in half a century of secrets, and it doesn't take long before Eudora realizes she's not the only one to call High Hearth home.


S.H. Cooper is a Florida based, multi-genre author with a focus on horror and fantasy. Her work has been published by Sleepless Sanctuary Publishing, Cemetery Gates Media, and Brigids Gate Press. In addition to short story collections and novels, she is also the writer for the horror comedy podcast, Calling Darkness. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing, talking about writing, or sleeping (wherein she dreams about writing). She is kept up and running through the tireless efforts of her extremely supportive family and coffee.

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I originally read Inheriting her Ghosts for the BBNYA competition and it immediately distinguished itself as one of my favourite reads of the competition.

It's a gothic ghost story that tells the story of Eudora Fellowes and her pair of dogs, Cerberus and Black Shuck as they move from her parent's home in the city, to the creepy coastal house of High Hearth following Eudora's inheritance of her great aunt's house. 

As you would guess the transition does not go smoothly as Eudora quickly finds that whilst seemingly unoccupied, the residents of the house have not exactly departed from this world, and are pretty intent on letting their presence be known. 

Right off the bat, I loved this haunting tale of ghosts. S.H. Cooper does an excellent job of creating an atmosphere that is ominously unsettling as the tension mounts to its climactic ending. 

There are many comparisons that you can make with the book, but for me, it primarily put me in mind of Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peake, primarily due to the fact that when the book starts with its ghostly goings on, S. H. Cooper's writing is vividly visual in its representations of the ghosts.

Character wise, I loved the independent main character Eudora Fellowes. In addition, one of the standouts is S. H. Cooper's skill to make Eudora's two massive hounds Cerebus and Black Shuck integral characters in the story that had an intrinsic part in the story.

The narrative itself is tight and expansive. One of the essential ingredients in this type of novel is atmosphere, and A. H. Cooper does this in spades. As soon as Eudora enters into High Hearth, an unsettling feeling is prominent, with the evidence of ghosts beginning very subtly, however, the writing soon conveys the mounting sense of escalating terror as the haunting comes more to the fore.

Whilst Inheriting her Ghosts is short in length, the book is packed full of story. If you like gothic horror, the I think you would definitely like this one.



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