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The Ghost of Glencoe-bookcover

By: Alison Hill

The Ghost of Glencoe

Pages: 240 Ratings: 5.0
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The story of the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692 is still widely told around the Highlands of Scotland. The Campbell Dragoons came, asking for shelter from the Glencoe MacDonalds. They were fed and housed for two weeks before they arose one night and butchered their hosts in their beds.

Anna takes her two small sons to a cottage in Glencoe for the summer. She meets Calum, who is dealing with a crazed ex-girlfriend, Helena, but there is something more sinister lurking around Anna’s cottage. Her six-year-old son is talking to ghosts and Anna is having violent dreams, reliving the night of the massacre as Kirstin MacDonald, who died horribly from frostbite, screaming for her missing son, two weeks after the massacre.

With the help of an eccentric local historian and his sidekick, they try to save Anna’s son from Kirstin’s ghost, but things are not what they seem.

Alison Hill is a new Scottish writer who studies history, myths and legends told around Scotland. When not looking after her grandchildren, she travels around Scotland with her dogs, collecting local information and stories about the areas she visits. She lives in Edinburgh.

Customer Reviews
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  • Alison Christensen

    I've always been fascinated with the story of Glencoe and this book did not disappoint. Set against the eerie mountain backdrop the story captivates from Chapter one, with Anna and her two young sons bringing a lot of laughs on their journey to their holiday cottage. The cottage is built on the ruins of the cottage that once belonged to Kirstin and Rab MacDonald who were victims of the Glencoe massacre. Anna starts to dream, reliving the night Kirstin escaped with her young baby son into the snow being chased by the Campbell soldiers. In the meantime, her young son James keeps talking to a ghost he calls Cory, who turns out to be Corrag the Witch, the woman who tried to warn the MacDonald's about the betrayal.

    Anna meets Callum who is having his own problems with an ex-girlfriend who is hell-bent on ruining his life and after spying on Anna, his girlfriend becomes possessed with the spirit of Kirstin who is searching for her son. Kirstin believes that James is her boy and puts his life in serious danger.

    The story is fast-paced and exciting, delving back in time to the story of Corrag the Witch and the Glencoe massacre. I highly recommend this book, apart from the great storyline it also brings to life the history and magical legends of Glencoe, from Ossian's cave to the Great White Stag. I was sorry when it ended.

  • Blind Harry

    Excellent story....moves between a modern day Glencoe & late 1690's Scotland around 50 years before the Jacobite rebellion. Starts a little slow, but once Corrie/Corrag the witch is introduced it moves right along. I enjoyed very much, would make a great story for a TV movie.....Blind Harry

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