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  • Location: Edinburgh, Fife, Kinghorn

The Darkest Night

The Darkest Night

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2000s:  Some secrets last for generations . . .

  • ISBN: 978-1529418521
  • Genre: Fiction, Folklore, Gothic

What you need to know before your trail

When Ailsa Reid becomes the subject of a trial by media after an incident at the school where she works, she escapes to the comfort of her grandparents’ house in Fife. But she arrives to find her grandmother, Moira – recently diagnosed with dementia – has gone missing, and her grandfather, Rupert, gravely injured.

Desperate to ensure Moira’s safe return, Ailsa must rely on the help of her estranged mother, Rowan, who abandoned her at birth. Tensions simmer between the two women as they attempt to piece together the lead-up to Moira’s disappearance.

But to move forward and find Moira, both Ailsa and Rowan must look to their ancestors, and to a story about witches burned on the hill above the Reid house centuries ago. Can they break the bonds of

Travel Guide

Fife and Scottish witches

The author says:

This setting is absolutely central to the story, as is the location itself. Fife was the epicentre of witch hunts in the 16th and 17th centuries, and one of the stories that stuck with me most was that of Lilias Adie. Accused as a witch, Lilias died in custody and was buried on the beach in Torryburn, between the high and low tide markers. This inspired the scenes of the Reid women standing with one foot in the ocean and one foot on the sand, ‘that nowhere place, made only for salt spray and women who were lost’.


BookTrail Boarding Pass:  The Darkest Night

Destination/Location: Fife, Edinburgh   Author:  Victoria Hawthorne Departure: 2000s

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