Highland Cove by Dylan J. Morgan is a chilling ghost story set in a haunted sanatorium in Scotland.
Thank you to Shannon of R&R Book Tours for organising this tour, and sending me an Advanced Review Copy in return for an honest review.
Highland Cove Sanitorium is situated on an island one mile off the Scottish mainland. The Sanatorium was used for inhumane experiments on patients and has been abandoned for the past 60 years. It’s now rumoured to be haunted, and Codie Jackson and his film crew want to capture the ghosts on camera. They plan to spend 48 hours on the island and capture as much footage of the ghosts as possible. Unfortunately, things start to go wrong when one of the crew disappears in the middle of the night.
This is the first book I’ve read by Dylan J. Morgan, and it’s certainly not going to be the last! I was utterly gripped from beginning to end. The whole book is dark and spooky. I will be checking every dark corner and shadow for the next few nights!
It starts with a flashback to 60 years ago and the death of the Polish doctor, Dr Bokowski, and his terrifying, gruesome experiments. Straight away, I was hooked by the vivid descriptions and chilling atmosphere. It gets dark straight away, describing the awful experiments that patients endured.
It then transitions to the present day. Codie and his crew take a boat to the island, and we are introduced to each one and learn about their back story. They all feel incredibly real, fully dimensional characters who have their own worries and troubles. I was fully invested in them within the first few pages.
Throughout the book, there are flashbacks to the patients and the atrocities they endure — it’s incredibly shocking, but within just a few paragraphs, Dylan creates intriguing and tragic stories.
Highland Cove has everything I want from a ghost story. It is incredibly atmospheric, compelling, scary and with a shocking twist at the end!
I have also since read Dylan’s novella, October Rain, a dystopian sci-fi set on Mars. I enjoyed it a lot as well — click here to read my review!
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The blurb for Highland Cove
Highland Cove Sanatorium sits abandoned on a desolate island one mile off the Scottish mainland. It’s a dark, foreboding place, filled with nightmares. Even darker are the asylum’s secrets: a history of disease and mental illness, macabre experiments and murder.
The tales of ghostly appearances are said to be more fact than fiction, but no one has ever documented the phenomenon. Codie Jackson aims to change all that. Arriving from London with his small independent film crew, they plan to make a documentary that will forever change their lives.
But when one of the crew disappears, things begin to spiral out of control. A storm closes in to ravage the island, and in the darkness Highland Cove’s true horrors are revealed. Now lost within the institution’s labyrinthine corridors, Codie and his team realize that their nightmare is only just beginning.
About the author, Dylan J. Morgan
Now living and working in Norway, Dylan J. Morgan was born in New Zealand and raised in the United Kingdom. He writes during those rare quiet moments amid a hectic family life: after dark, with limited sustenance, and when his creative essence is plagued the most by tormented visions.
He is the multi-genre author of ten books, all available exclusively at Amazon. Focusing on Horror, Post-Apocalyptic Dystopia, and sometimes a hint of Science-Fiction, his books cater for those readers who enjoy a dark, terrifying journey into worlds where a happy ending is seldom seen.
When not writing, and when not reading, he can be found roaming the realm of the Witcher 3, or witnessing satisfying deaths on Game of Thrones, or even listening to some of the loudest heavy metal in his iTunes’ library.
If you’re searching for that light at the end of the tunnel then stop looking—you won’t find it here.
About this blog tour
I reviewed Highland Cove as part of a book tour organised by Shannon of R&R Book Tours. Check out the other bloggers taking part in this book tour for more reviews, extracts and guest posts!
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- The Faerie Review (Excerpt)
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- Cup of Books Blog (Review)
- Jessica Belmont (Review)
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- Banshee Irish Horror Blog (Review and Excerpt)