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, Paranormal, Ghosts

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...
  • 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...
  • Maria Chnoic
    “When we first came here, I told him this house had secrets. I warned him. And he flew into one of his rages and forbade me ever to speak if such things again. Promised to cast me out if I did. Seems no sense in changing that now.”This is a creepy gothic tale of a 17th century Hall and sheep farm on the moors of Yorkshire. The plot is worthy of a Victorian sensationalist novel with its dark secrets and melodramatic endings. All the characters...
  • 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 ...
  • Lucy Banks
    I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.A slow-burning, atmospheric novel, with plenty of mystery.Say the words 'gothic horror' to me and you've immediately grabbed my attention. As such, I eagerly requested a copy of this book - as anything that promises historic settings, eerie moors and unsettling manor houses I felt certain would be a winner. For the most part, I wasn't disappointed, though I have to admit, it wa...
  • 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...
  • Kate
    Atmospheric and very spooky historical ghost story. A compelling read.
  • 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, ...
  • Helen
    Meh. Maybe I'm somewhat disappointed because it wasn't really what I was expecting. Whilst the writing flows and is often quite beautiful, I found this too hard going. There was plenty of atmosphere but no real sense of dread for me. And there are only so many descriptions of fleece-odours and tallow candles one can read. The ending is pretty gripping with it's twisty-turns but for me, it wasn't worth the effort of reading all that to get there.I...
  • The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
    As always this review can also be found on my blog The tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and through bookbridgr in exchange for an honest review.When it comes through your doorUnless you just want some moreI think you better call (ghostbusters)Who ya gonna call? (ghostbusters)Who ya gonna call? (ghostbusters)Let’s be honest, it would have been remiss of me n...
  • 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...
  • Jo
    It's the late 17th century and Mercy lives a remote life on the Yorkshire Moors with her father, servant, and the men who work her land. There are stories of hauntings and mysterious happenings but Mercy has thoughts only for her sheep and her land. But then she starts to hear strange noises and has the feeling she's being watched. When a stranger turns up needing work, everything changes for Mercy and her family. This was a very subtle ghost sto...
  • Pat Walsh
    Atmospheric, unsettling and beautifully written.
  • 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...
  • Linda Hill
    Living at Scarcross has never been easy for Mercy, but it is about to get considerably harder.Now, I must confess that I don’t usually read books marketed in the ghost or horror genre as I find them too unsettling, but The Coffin Path was a perfect read for me with just the right amount of creepiness and supernatural to disturb and entertain me. Hardcore horror readers might find it wasn’t horrific enough, but I loved it.The quality of writin...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Teresa
    I don't know what to think about this book. On the cover it says, 'spine tingling', but I was at the end of the novel and nothing had tingled.It felt a bit flat and I didn't like the ending at all.I'm sure there are people who loved it, so I'll leave the reviewing to someone who can do it justice.
  • 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...
  • Katherine Kreuter
    I liked this book a lot, which surprised me. I wouldn't think the ghost story was a genre with much mileage these days. Everyone loves vampires (it's the evening wear) but not so wraiths and spirits. Yet the scary parts were so well written that you really felt the goosebumps. I couldn't quite buy some of the plotlines. Spoiler alert: I don't think women in her position would risk name, family and property for a roll in the hell with a sheep shea...
  • Kirsty
    The lamb scene. Eww. I can't deal.
  • 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...
  • 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...