A storm is coming…


From the author of the “dark and devious…beautifully written” (Stephen King) Mirrorland, comes a richly atmospheric thriller set on an isolated Scottish island where nothing is as it seems and shocking twists lie around every corner.

Robert Reid moved his family to the Outer Hebrides in 1993, driven by hope, craving safety and community, and hiding a terrible secret. But despite his best efforts to fit in, Robert is always seen as an outsider. And as the legendary and violent Hebridean storms rage around him, he begins to unravel, believing his fate on the remote island of Kilmeray cannot be escaped. 

Maggie MacKay has been haunted her entire life. No matter what she does, she can’t shake the sense that something is wrong with her. And maybe something is…

When she was five years old, without proof, Maggie announced that someone in the remote village of Blairmore on Kilmeray had murdered a local man, sparking a media storm.

Now, Maggie is determined to discover what really happened and what the villagers are hiding. But everyone has secrets, and some are deadly. As she gets closer to the horrifying truth, Maggie’s own life is in danger…

Atmospheric and compelling with an excellent sense of place, this literary thriller is somehow both uplifting and heart-breaking, with some very unexpected twists!

Catherine Cooper, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalet and The Chateau


“Johnstone’s first novel, Mirrorland, was terrific, and this second confirms her exceptional talent as a storyteller…This serpentine tale lingers in the mind long after the final page. Splendidly creepy.”


“Fans of Tana French will embrace author Johnstone’s skill at weaving supernatural and setting-as-character aspects into her story, and readers of Lisa Jewell will enjoy her unexpected plotting and character development. The caliber of Johnstone’s writing and masterful storytelling will delight both. This richly evocative story exists at the point where love, fear, guilt, bad decisions, psychosis, and mythology collide.”

Kirkus (Starred) Review

“Johnstone plays cat and mouse with the reader’s perception of reality and the supernatural. Deliciously creepy and unsettling.”


“[An] eerie gothic thriller… this ghost story ultimately packs a gale-force wallop. Johnstone is a writer to watch.”


The Blackhouse is an awesome, atmospheric thriller… Immerse ourself in Scottish culture with this creepy must-read!”



Maggie and Robert are two very different people living in different times – bound together by secrets and lies, and a determined need to know the truth. And by an event so incredible that it changes both of their lives forever.


The Isle of Lewis & Harris is a place like no other, inspirational and magical and completely unique. Being able to write an entire novel set in my favourite place in the whole world wasn’t just a privilege, it was a joy.


Am baile gun fhir: the village without men. One of the most shocking events that occurs in the novel was inspired by a real-life tragedy that happened on the northwest coast of the Isle of Lewis & Harris in March, 1885.

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