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  • Location: Dundrennan

The Weight of Angels

The Weight of Angels

Why a Booktrail?

What secrets do the dark bones of Dundrennan Abbey hold?

  • ISBN: 978-1472125286
  • Genre: Crime, Mystery, Suspense

What you need to know before your trail

Ali McGovern’s dreams are slipping away and all her old ghosts are coming back to haunt her.

A year ago, she was happily married, bringing up her beloved son, running her successful beauty salon and living with her loving husband in her dream house.

Now, she has a job at Howell Hall, the private psychiatric facility near her rented cottage and the ruined abbey, seems too good to be true. But why has the couple who run the place employed her when she is clearly not qualified to do it? How can they afford to pay her so well? And what are they hiding?

When a body is discovered in a shallow grave by the abbey on Ali’s first day at work, it feels like one last horror. But it’s just the beginning of her descent into a nightmare world she never imagined existed so close to home.

Travel Guide


Dundrennan is a village in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, about five miles east of Kirkcudbright. Its population is around 230. It is most notable for the ruins of Dundrennan Abbey, a 12th-century Cistercian monastery

The abbey is close to the psychiatric facility, Howell House, where Ali in the novel gets a job under false pretences. The facility is claustrophobic and unsettling but the pay is more than she expected for such a position so easy to say yes.

The abbey however is where the worst and most settling event in the novel occurs. A dead body emerges from the ruins following heavy flooding. Ali’s son is often seen hanging around the spooky abbey so does he know anything?

The Voice of the Angels is alarming, chilling and as unsettling as that Scottish fog, the fog of the psychiatric facility, the fog which envelopes and smoothers.

Welcome to Dundrennan!

Streetview Maps

A) Dumfries/Galloway: Dundrennan Abbey
B) Dumfries/Galloway: Dundrennan Village

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  The Weight of Angels

Destination:  Dundrennan  Author/Guide: Catriona McPherson  Departure Time: 2000s

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