The Blackhouse by Carole Johnstone


From the author of the “dark and devious…beautifully written” (Stephen King) Mirrorland comes a richly atmospheric thriller set on an isolated Scottish island where nothing is as it seems and shocking twists lie around every corner.

A remote village. A deadly secret. An outsider who knows the truth.

Robert Reid moved his family to Scotland’s Outer Hebrides in the 1990s, driven by hope, craving safety and community, and hiding a terrible secret. But despite his best efforts to fit in, Robert is always seen as an outsider. And as the legendary and violent Hebridean storms rage around him, he begins to unravel, believing his fate on the remote island of Kilmeray cannot be escaped.

For her entire life, Maggie MacKay has sensed something was wrong with her. When Maggie was five years old, she announced that a man on Kilmeray—a place she’d never visited—had been murdered. Her unfounded claim drew media attention and turned the locals against each other, creating rifts that never mended.

Nearly twenty years later, Maggie is determined to find out what really happened, and what the islanders are hiding. But when she begins to receive ominous threats, Maggie is forced to consider how much she is willing to risk to discover the horrifying truth.

Unnerving, enthralling, and filled with gothic suspense, The Blackhouse is a spectacularly sinister tale readers won’t soon forget.


Maggie has known her entire life that something is just not right with her. When she was 5 years old, she announced that she was a reincarnated man. This drew all kinds of media attention and bad allegations. Now, 20 years later Maggie has returned and she is wanting answers.

I enjoyed a great deal about this novel. The setting, the weirdness of Maggie and then roll in the past and you just have an all around good read. It does have a great many characters and that was a bit tough in places. But, that is just a minor issue.

Maggie really kept the story going for me. I wanted her to achieve her goal! I wanted to know everything. And the way the author kept me glued to the setting of this isle off Scotland…I felt like I was right there experiencing all the weather and the weird townspeople.

Need a creepy novel…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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5 Responses to The Blackhouse by Carole Johnstone

  1. Thank you so much! I’m really glad you enjoyed The Blackhouse, and I’m so grateful to you for this wonderful review!
    All best wishes,
    Carole xx

    • fredreeca says:

      Wow! Thank you so much for your comment. Most authors…well no authors actually take the time to comment. You have just moved straight to the top of my favorites list! Thank you!!!

      • That’s so strange! I always try to reply and at the very least say thank you! Writers couldn’t survive without the support of reviewers and bloggers! Thank you again!
        Carole x

  2. I read her other book….didn’t know about this one.

    Sounds good…thanks for sharing.

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