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Gallows Hill

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Unfortunately, I had to DNF this book. This is the book that made me realize that Darcy Coates is not the author for me. I feel really bored while reading her books. They are way too slow, and this book was no different.
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A great read by this author.  I definitely recommend checking this one out!
Thank you NetGalley for providing a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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This book was fantastic! I really enjoyed it and it kept me guessing throughout, which is difficult for most books to do. I felt like I connected with the characters and really enjoyed the plot!
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After her parents death, Margot inherits her family’s successful winery. Never truly knowing her parents or the business, Margot travels to the winery. No matter how successful, the winery is believed to be cursed. Being built on the land where hundreds of convicts with hanged, Gallows Hills Winery lives up to its name. The long Margot stays, the more she believes the curse could be real. Things start to unravel and Margot quickly needs to learn what is going on before the curse catches up to her. 

I really enjoyed this novel! Was a quick read and I liked the plot! Another great read from Darcy Coates
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Compulsive and creepy - this book was put at the top of my list after hearing about it on a podcast, and I will be recommending Coates as a perfect fall author.
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I was excited to read my first Darcy Coates book, but unfortunately I did not enjoy this one. I found the mystery slow and uninteresting. I typically love haunted house books, but I don’t think Coates’ brand of horror works for me. I will not be reading any more books by this author.
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This was one of my favorite books of the year! I love the atmosphere and the plot felt really unique for a haunted house story. There were some moments that had me shocked and there were many times I could not put the book down! One of my favorite things while reading horror is feeling stressed and this book definitely accomplished that for me! I would not survive if I was in this book. I cannot wait to read more from Darcy Coates! This is definitely a new favorite that I'm always recommending!
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Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I am a BIG fan of Darcy Coates. I have never been disappointed by one of her books. When I saw she had a brand new book coming out, I was beyond excited to check it out! 😀

Once again, Darcy did not disappoint. Gallows Hill is a fantastic modern gothic horror story. The first half of the book is a classic gothic slow burn. After the 50% point, the book kicks it into high gear, continuously ramping up both the tension and the creep factor!

This story is so beautiful. Justice, family, and finding where you fit in are all major themes in this one. There are some truly lovely scenes that left me all the feels. Not to spoil anything too much, but I totally ugly cried happy tears over a very specific part of the story that involved a very good doggo!! ❤

And OMG! That ending! 😮 Geez! Ok, so the ending had one final EPIC reveal that was just… CRAZY (and very icky)! I was completely shocked at the reveal and impressed at the creativity of the author. I did not see THAT coming at all. Very cool. Slow clap standing ovation for that ending.

Gallows Hill might start off a little slow, but finishes with a beautiful, strong ending. Very tense, creepy atmosphere. After things begin to go sideways, the pacing speeds up and does not stop until the very last page. The end is absolutely perfect.

I didn’t know what to think when I first started this book, but by the time I finished Gallows Hill, I was absolutely in love with it. 😀
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This novel was spine-tingling, very spooky, and terrifying. I had a hard time sleeping reading this one. This is another hit from my favourite author. I felt all of the emotions while reading this but the characters were very well written and likeable. This is a must read for anyone that loves horror books.
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Thank you to NetGalley, Darcy Coates and Poisoned Pen Press for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review. 

Another creepy and hard to stop binging novel by Coates! I’m so so glad I got into this author because everything I read feels like a superb break from the world and it’s all so believable, which isn’t always easy to do with this type or horror. I loved it!
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This was my first Darcy Coates book, and I can see why she is such a big hit. The atmosphere, mystery, and the slow reveal of the Gallow Hills winery backstory was thoughtfully done and created tense moments. While I wasn't fully surprised at some of the twist and the end of the story, I still appreciate all the moments and elements that led to those twist.
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This was my first by Coates! She’s been an anticipated author on my list of must reads, so I’m very happy that I finally read one of her newest books! I thought this book was atmospheric, exciting, mysterious and was exactly what I was looking for in a fun paranormal suspense read for the month of October! While the main character made some questionable choices that I couldn’t fathom making had I been in the same situations, it didn’t take away from the overall story for me! The direction it took was unlike what I was expecting and I overall recommend for a spooky and suspenseful read! 
Thank you to Poisoned Pen Press for the gifted physical copy and to Netgalley for this gifted ebook copy!
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It’s been a long time since a book this scary made me cry. But this one did. What a fantastic book. Oh man, I loved this book.

And it is scary. No joke frightening with ghosts and jump scares and freaky little details that stay with you. 

And the nighttime scenes are terrifying. I think, if I were Margot, I’d have died from fright.

But, there’s so much to this story.  I loved the depth of detail that was involved in the curse that haunted the house in the vineyards. Darcy Coates did an amazing job coming up with layers upon layers of why these horrible things might be happening.

It almost had its own puzzle and I really enjoyed that element of things. There were things about it that made sense even amidst all the chaos that was happening. That felt like an emotional lifeline to me.

And, there are inescapable themes of loss and parental love and devotion and privilege and contrition and what kind of debt do you owe when your family has done bad things but you had no part in it?

And then, there is the ending. The last 25% was so wonderful. I literally cried at one point during the scene that I would’ve otherwise thought I would be completely grossed out by. It was done almost beautifully here. 

This is definitely one of my favorite horror novels I’ve ever read and one I will absolutely recommend to the brave, non-HSP folks that are looking for a scary read with some emotional deaths at this time of year.
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Gallows Hills by Darcy Coates is another book that I absolutely just LOVE. Wow, Darcy Coates took me by storm in 2021 when I picked up my first book by her. Her writing style is absolutely captivating. Every book I pick up, I can’t seem to read fast enough and Gallows Hill was no different. Gallows Hill is so atmospheric, so spooky and exactly filled with what I come to love from the author’s storytelling. 

Gallows Hill is a haunted / cursed winery, say less. I’m here for all the thrills and chills. This eerie and spooky read was the perfect book to read during spooky season. It checked off all the boxes for me. The only downfall for me was this book was rather on the longer side. It seemed slow and very wordy at times. But that could just be a me thing. None the less, I still really enjoyed this one and I HIGHLY recommend this book as well as any of Darcy Coates back list titles. You won’t be disappointed.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eArc of this gem in exchange for my honest review. Please sign me up for ANY and ALL books Darcy Coates!! Mesmerizing writing style.
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You can always depend on Darcy Coates to deliver a terrifying story full of curses, ghosts, and flawed characters. She surpasses her best with Gallows Hill, which is one of the best horror/ghost stories I’ve read this year. Snap this one for gifting to your horror-loving friends this holiday season. 

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This title and the description caught my attention. The residents and workers Gallows Hill are held prisoner due to  decisions made by the ancestors who built the business there. The characters are well developed, and the situation they find themselves in slowly reveals itself. This is a slow building story that travels to an inevitable outcome. The author set the atmosphere wonderfully, drawing the reader in and on the hook until the very end.

A copy of Gallows Hill by Darcy Coates was provided to me by NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for an honest review.
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This was my first Darcy Coates read and I absolutely loved it! I will be reading more of her books in the future! It was scary, thrilling, and mysterious with a light romance arc thrown in. I will definitely be recommending it anyone looking for a fun and unique paranormal horror book!
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I have to say, Darcy Coates is one of my absolute favorite horror authors out there. So I may be a little biased, but this is one of her scariest stories so far. I have read all kinds of horror books but haven’t found many that make me feel so connected to the characters and the story. I find myself thinking about her books for a while afterwards and this one was no different. This storyline was so good and completely horrifying! All those claustrophobic moments, the isolation, and the terror it was all so well done! There were also many feel good moments, which only set the scene for when the creepy stuff starting happening too! This book impressed me, by actually scaring me a few times and the ending was unexpected which says a lot about a book nowadays when so many are too predictable. I love a good surprise or two and an unexpected wrap-up. Read it you won't regret it!

Thank you #NetGalley and for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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Like most other books from Darcy Coates, this book is a creepy and super atmospheric read, perfect for spooky season or a Halloween read. I think the author does an excellent job of writing the spooky scenes and trust me, when you read this you will want the lights on because there are a few scenes in moments that really got me and were pretty creepy:
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In the beginning, at about the 25% mark, so much is happening and it's so good! But once you get past that, the pace really slows down and it's basically just Margot continuously running around the house and most likely without her phone. I have made it to 52% but it has been a struggle to get that far..  I keep trying to give it another chance, but I've been reading this for over a month now.., so I think its finally time to dnf unfortunately.. I think the book could of had 100 pages taken out of the middle just to keep the pace. There's a lot of telling as well.  Just wish the pace was a bit faster.. 

**Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me this for my honest review.
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