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The Blackhouse: A Novel
The Blackhouse: A Novel
The Blackhouse: A Novel
Audiobook13 hours

The Blackhouse: A Novel

Written by Carole Johnstone

Narrated by Joe McFadden and Eilidh Beaton

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

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.
Release dateJan 3, 2023
The Blackhouse: A Novel

Carole Johnstone

Carole Johnstone grew up in Lanarkshire, Scotland, and in her twenties relocated to Essex to work as a radiographer. She has been writing as long as she can remember and is an award-winning short story writer. She now writes full-time and lives with her husband in an old farmhouse outside Glasgow, though her heart belongs to the sea and the wild islands of the Outer Hebrides.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    I liked the twist and turns of the story line. Kept me guessing.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    The story was very interesting and a bit different from other books I have read. There was a lot of detail in the landscape and weather, smells, and sounds. I enjoyed the old Norse background and generally was intrigued by the story and where it was headed. The detail was amazing. The problem I had was toward the end where it felt like the story was being dragged. The detail was still fantastic, I saw very vividly the scenes playing out in pictures in my head, but it went on and on. Toward the end I was just hoping for the story to ends. It is worth the read and/or the listen, I do not regret listening.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    Purple prose, a highly convoluted plot and pithy, sentimental ramblings about life.

    I kept hoping it would get better, but it didn't. Still, I stayed with it until the end, so there must have been something redeeming about it ; that's why it gets two starts rather than one.