The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements

The Coffin Path

The Coffin Path is an eerie and compelling seventeenth-century ghost story set on the dark wilds of the Yorkshire moors. For fans of Michelle Paver and Sarah Waters, this gothic tale will weave its way into your imagination and chill you to the bone.Maybe you've heard tales about Scarcross Hall, the house on the old coffin path that winds from village to moor top. They say there's something up here, something evil.Mercy Booth isn't afraid. The mo...

Details The Coffin Path

TitleThe Coffin Path
Release DateFeb 8th, 2018
PublisherHeadline Review
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Gothic, Horror, Fiction, Ghost Stories

Reviews The Coffin Path

  • Paromjit
    Katherine Clements serves up a scarily creepy atmospheric gothic tale of ghosts and horror set in the Yorkshire Moors of the seventeenth century. It is a location that has been hit hard and poverty runs rampant, a place that has been deeply affected by the English Civil War, Cromwell's rule and the return of the monarchy to the country. It is steeped in rampant superstitions, rumours, fears and religious divisions. The dilapidated Scarcross Hall ...
  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    🌟🌟🌟STARSARC-REVIEWRelease Date-8/2/18So the Coffin Path By Katherine Clements was a strange one for me, I was really looking forward to this but it didn't quite deliver and left me feeling a tad confused by that unexplained ending.So this book tells the story of Mercy Booth who lives at Scarcross Hall with her father and an old servant called Meg.Scarcross Hall is at the end of the old coffin path that winds up from the village to the to...
  •  ( A Bald Mage) *Keith*
    Firstly I would like to thank Headline and Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book."One marks the first to go. A second bodes the fall. The third will seal a sinner's fate. The Devil takes them all."Set in 1674 about 30 years after Oliver Cromwell's failed attempt at taking power from King Charles 1st we find ourselves on the bleak Yorkshire moors. Tending her sheep, Mercy Booth feels like she's being watched, not being able to sha...
  • Blair
    Set in a 17th-century sheep-farming community against the harsh backdrop of the Yorkshire moors, The Coffin Path felt like a book I could sink into and just savour right from the beginning. This historical ghost story is a fabulous example of great storytelling, rich with detail and drama.Mercy Booth is the only daughter of a widowed landowner. Her father's health is declining, and Mercy has not married or had children. In an age when women do no...
  • Cathy
    Find all my book reviews, plus fascinating author interviews, exclusive guest posts and book extracts, on my blog: Coffin Path’s striking opening line - “I was born with blood on my hands” - sets the scene for a story full of atmosphere and chilling moments. Ancient curses, family secrets, a remote moorland setting and a crumbling old house reached only by an ancient track called the coffin path ...
  • Kate
    Atmospheric and very spooky historical ghost story. A compelling read.
  • Jackie Law
    The Coffin Path, by Katherine Clements, is a ghost story set on the edge of a lonesome moor in 1674. Its protagonist is thirty-two year old Mercy Booth who lives in the gradually decaying splendour of Scarcross Hall with her ageing father, Bartram, and his faithful servant, Agnes. Mercy works alongside the shepherds and farmhands hired to till their land and care for the flock of sheep that provide the family’s main income. She has been told th...
  • Thebooktrail
    Visit the locations in the novelThis made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end, my eyes pop right open, my mouth drop in get the idea. If I owned a room divider/screen it would now be so far away from my house as I could get it. Next time I hear a sheep, I'm probably going to have a heart attack, and what is that amongst the trees at night?The Yorkshire moors are as bleak here as they've ever been but mix in a ghostly tale, ...
  • Blodeuedd Finland
    17th century. The Moors. A house that is said to be haunted and a stone circle where witches and the devil play. I had no idea what to believe, but something was sure going on.Mercy loves the land, her sheep, her life. She is content as it is. But her dad is loosing it and then things start to happen. Just as they have happened not everyone living there before them. All who have met violent ends.She goes on with her life. It is lambing season, th...
  • michelle
    I would like to thank Headline and Netgalley for and ARC of this book.The Coffin path is a 17th Century ghost story set in the Yorkshire moors. Where Mercy and Father Bertram Booth live in a place called Scarcross Hall just off the coffin path. Where she has lived all her life. Where they employ other people to look after the sheep over the moors and When her father dies hope to be the mistress of Scarcross hall. But in then times women who are n...
  • Stephanie
    The Coffin Path is an eerie tale that takes place on the Yorkshire Moors in the 17th century. It’s a hard place to live, the bleakness, the years after the war and its in a remote area that is reliant on good weather to make a decent living. And there is a rumour that has never gone away of an evil presence on the moors and especially at Scarcross Hall, the home of Mercy and her father.The novel has two narrators. Ellis, who has recently arrive...
  • Yvonne
    Set in the 17th century on the eerie Yorkshire Moors. Meet Mercy, she lives with her father Bartram Booth and Agnes in Scarcross Hall. They are in the heart of the sheep community and part of a close-knit of herders, shepherds and locals. But when a stranger appears looking for work, is it coincidence that things take on a turn that boarders on creepy maybe even supernatural.The descriptions given of the contrasts that can be experienced on the m...
  • Mairead Hearne (
    'One coin marks the first to goA second bodes the fallThe third will seal a sinner’s fateThe Devil take them all’ The Coffin Path is the third novel from critically acclaimed novelist Katherine Clements. Just published by Headline, The Coffin Path is described as ‘an eerie and compelling seventeenth-century ghost story set on the dark wilds of the Yorkshire Moors’You’ll feel the shivers up your spine with this one!!Read on for my though...
  • Ophelia Sings
    The Yorkshire moors are in Mercy Booth's blood. As is the crumbling, isolated Scarcross Hall - her childhood home. And she will do anything to remain there. Anything...Religion, love and death stalk the pages of Katherine Clements' deeply atmospheric, ghostly yarn. Rich in historic detail, The Coffin Path is set in an England still reeling in the aftermath of civil war - the effects of which reach even the most desolate corners of the Yorkshire m...
  • Irene
    Gothic 17th century ghost story set high up on the Yorkshire moors. Mercy Booth is content with her life, mistress of Scarcross Hall, assisting her father, and being a shepherdess but all that changes when she suddenly senses great danger, that something is watching and chasing her as she rushes home one evening. Shortly after an enigmatic stranger turns up - who is he and what does he want? A chilly, atmospheric story, best read when the light i...
  • Tracy Shephard
    Firstly I loved the reading voice in my head for this novel..and I think that owes a lot to the author Katherine Clements. It is a beautifully written tale.Mercy Booth feels that someone is watching as she rushes back to her house after birthing the first lamb of the season, unfortunately the ewe died during the birth just like Mercy's own mother did having her.Her father now to old to Shepherd, is superstitious, and collects coins. Not money, bu...
  • Sally Boocock
    Have you ever read a book you never want to end. Well this is one of those. It grips you like a vice which won't let go.It is a beautifully written tale encapsulating the bleakness, beauty and cruelty of the Yorkshire moors. Reminiscent of Wuthering Heights but with a far more menacing presence. Cannot recommend it highly enough.
  • Kirsty
    The lamb scene. Eww. I can't deal.
  • Alison
    I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review via Netgalley.This story gave me the creeps from the very start, a chill down my spine, and the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Let me tell you, very few books spook me as this one did.The story begins on a bleak Yorkshire Moor with death, and it creeps on from there! I can’t say that the characters were likeable, as I don’t think that was the intention. Instead they are eff...
  • Sophie Eminson
    I opened The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements anxious and excited, and I was not disappointed. Published yesterday, this novel is eerie and dark, relying on gradual tension building. As the reader, you must commit yourself to reading this book and choosing which characters to trust along the way. With a lot of murder, spooky ghost stories embedded and a weird atmosphere overall, this book is not for everyone, but it certainly is for those with a...
  • Elizabeth Moffat
    First of all, thank you so much to Headline publishers and Caitlin Raynor for allowing me to read a copy of this eerie, fascinating novel, set on the Yorkshire moors in the seventeenth century via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I love a good ghost story but haven't read one in quite some time and definitely haven't read one that gripped me as much as the story of Mercy Booth and her moors filled with sheep did. It's an incredibly atm...
  • Sam Law
    Yorkshire - 1674. Little Bo-Peep has found her sheep - and they have been torn to pieces on the dark Yorkshire moors!The Coffin Path opens arm-deep in blood, and there is yet an ocean of it to cross before the end. That, however, is not the scary part of this supernatural horror story.Read more reviews here on my blog: It's Good To Read.Mercy Booth is the mistress of Scarcross Hall, an isolated farmhouse set deep in the Yorkshire moors. She is bo...
  • Helen
    This is Katherine Clements’ third novel set in 17th century England, but it has a different feel from the previous two. Rather than being a straight historical novel like The Crimson Ribbon and The Silvered Heart, The Coffin Path is a ghost story with a lonely rural setting and this time there is much less focus on the political and social events of the period.It’s 1674 and there are signs that spring is on its way to the Yorkshire moors. The...
  • Louise Marley
    I love reading gothicky ghost stories, particularly at this time of year, and as soon as I saw the cover and title of this book I was intrigued. The story is set on the Yorkshire Moors in 1674, with the country still feeling the effects of the Civil War. The 'coffin path' is the well-worn path across the moor to the local church, passing Scarcross Hall. Once an impressive manor house, Scarcross Hall has now fallen on hard times, along with the fo...
  • Daphne Sharpe
    The coffin path is that rarity ,a truly scary horror read,with plenty of ghosts,deaths, and quite a few sheep!! Set on the Yorkshire Moors, in the 17th century,just after the English Civil Wars, Mercy Booth is a shepherdess, who lives at Scarcross Hall with her father,Bartram, and his serving woman, Agnes. The hall is falling into disrepair and money is scarce. There are rumours of a curse upon the hall and witchcraft being practiced upon a circl...
  • Thelastwordreview
    As we are still in the winter months The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements is just the perfect ghost story for those chilly dark evenings set in the 17th century among the bleak and dark Yorkshire moors. The year is 1674 and the focus is an isolated Manor House and farm on the misty and eerie Yorkshire Moors. Scarcross Hall is the manor house and the coffin path that leads to the house. They say the manor house is haunted and that there is someth...
  • Victoria Farrow
    "One coin marks the first to go.A second bodes the fall.The third will seal a sinner's fate.The Devil take them all."I've been reading quite a lot of short ghost stories recently, I like M.R. James, Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. So when The Coffin Path cropped up on NetGalley and was described as 'The perfect ghost story' I thought I'd give it a go.This is an excellent book to read in a cold and miserable winter, it has a good balance of su...
  • Jo Barton
    There is nothing I like better than an atmospheric ghost story which is set high above the hills of Northern England. Mercy Booth, her father, Bartram and servant, Agnes eke out a bleak existence amongst the lost and lonely crags of the Yorkshire Dales. The old coffin path that links Mercy's home at Scarcross Hall to the village below is a path not often travelled as folk say that evil lingers on its dark and lonely trail.Mercy isn't frightened, ...
  • Lozzi Counsell
    This is more of a 3.5 star than a 3. I would basically not recommend this book if you don't deal very well with the death of animals and unfortunately I am one of those people. And there's not just one animal death, there's A LOT and they start right at the beginning of the story. If I'd have known, I probably wouldn't have chosen to read it, but I did read it the whole way through and to be honest, the actual storyline is really really good! It'...
  • Lisa
    This was one of my most ancipated new releases of 2018 and I'm sorry to say that I was quite disappointed. On paper it sounded like the perfect book for me. A gothic ghost story set in Yorkshire in the late 17th century? Sign me up! Oh how I wish it had lived up to my expectations.The main problem I had with this book was the way it was written. There was no tension, no atmosphere and I felt better use could have been made of the 17th century set...