Silver Medal Winner, European fiction - 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards
A haunting historical thriller set in Britain's North Yorkshire Moors about isolation, superstition and persecution, The Haunting of Thores-Cross explores 18th century life in a picturesque but isolated village in the North Yorkshire Moors. But when a vulnerable young girl is ostracised within her community and accused of witchcraft, the descendants of her neighbours will suffer for centuries to come.
"This is the most well-researched, intense and spookiest book I've ever read" - Author Amy Queau
Likened by independent reviewers on Amazon to the Bront sisters, Edgar Allen Poe, Barbara Erskine and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Karen Perkins' novels are filled with unflinching honesty and an acute understanding of human nature. She explores not only the depths of humanity, but the depths of human motivation behind the actions and pain people inflict upon each other, as well as the repercussions of these actions not only in the short term, but also the later generations who live with the implications of the past.
Emma Moorcroft is still grieving after a late miscarriage and moves to her dream house at Thruscross Reservoir with her husband, Dave. Both Emma and Dave hope that moving into their new home signifies a fresh start, but life is not that simple. Emma has nightmares about the reservoir and the drowned village that lies beneath the water, and is further disturbed by the sound of church bells - from a church that no longer exists.
Jennet is fifteen and lives in the isolated community of Thores-Cross, where life revolves about the sheep on which they depend. Following the sudden loss of both her parents, she is seduced by the local wool merchant, Richard Ramsgill. She becomes pregnant and is shunned not only by Ramsgill, but by the entire village. Lonely and embittered, Jennet's problems escalate, leading to tragic consequences which continue to have an effect through the centuries.
Emma becomes fixated on Jennet, neglecting herself, her beloved dogs and her husband to the point where her marriage may not survive. As Jennet and Emma's lives become further entwined, Emma's obsession deepens and she realises that the curse Jennet inflicted on the Ramsgill family over two hundred years ago is still claiming lives.
Emma is the only one who can stop Jennet killing again, but will her efforts be enough?
The Haunting of Thores-Cross was previously released asThores-Cross.
Results on Amazon:
#1 Bestseller British Horror
#1 Bestseller Occult, Ghosts & Haunted Houses
#1 Bestseller Gothic Romance
Over 100 5-STAR reviews on Amazon.com
Karen Perkins is the international award-winning and bestselling author of six fiction titles in the Valkyrie Series of Caribbean pirate adventures and the Yorkshire Ghost Stories. All of her fiction has appeared at the top of bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic with over 200,000 downloads so far. Her first Yorkshire Ghosts novel - The Haunting of Thores-Cross - is a silver medal winner for European Fiction in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards, and Dead Reckoning: A Caribbean Pirate Adventure reached the top 50 in the UK Kindle chart as part of The Hot Box set that also included work by international bestselling thriller authors David Leadbeater, John Paul Davis and Steven Bannister. See more about Karen Perkins, including contact details, on her website: www.karenperkinsauthor.com Karen is on Social Media: Facebook: www.facebook.com/Yorkshireghosts www.facebook.com/ValkyrieSeries Twitter: @LionheartG