Book Review: The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke

Spooky season is upon us and you can’t have Halloween without a witch story, right? Right!


When single mother Liv is commissioned to paint a mural in a 100-year-old lighthouse on a remote Scottish island, it’s an opportunity to start over with her three daughters–Luna, Sapphire, and Clover. When two of her daughters go missing, she’s frantic. She learns that the cave beneath the lighthouse was once a prison for women accused of witchcraft. The locals warn her about wildlings, supernatural beings who mimic human children, created by witches for revenge. Liv is told wildlings are dangerous and must be killed.

Twenty-two years later, Luna has been searching for her missing sisters and mother. When she receives a call about her youngest sister, Clover, she’s initially ecstatic. Clover is the sister she remembers–except she’s still seven years old, the age she was when she vanished. Luna is worried Clover is a wildling. Luna has few memories of her time on the island, but she’ll have to return to find the truth of what happened to her family. But she doesn’t realize just how much the truth will change her.

The Lighthouse Witches Book Cover


My my, what a spooky story. The minute you know you are travelling to the wilderness of Scotland you know you are into something good. The creepy lighthouse, the horrific rumours, and the shifty community all some together to create a wonderful story. And that’s before the sisters disappear and one comes back – and hasn’t aged in years. I was just dying to find out what happens next and unravel the mystery.

I didn’t find The Lighthouse Witches scary. In my opinion witches aren’t scary because they are just misunderstood women, made to feel evil because they are somewhat different. And that’s another theme to this book, misunderstanding. Liv and Sapphire both misunderstand one another. The locals misunderstand all of what is going on. Liv misunderstands the locals concern, and so on. Plus, it shows that we all have our secrets to hide, mostly to protect the ones we love the most.

The Lighthouse Witches is the best witch-themed book I’ve read in a while. If you want to check it out, you can pick up a copy of the book here.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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