The Hush Sisters

Available October 5, 2020.

Author: Gerard Collins
Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback
Pages: 312
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in
Weight: 1.0 kg
Published: October 5, 2020
ISBN: 9781550818413


Sissy and Ava Hush are estranged, middle-aged sisters with little in common beyond their upbringing in a peculiar manor in downtown St. John’s. With both parents now dead, the siblings must decide what to do with the old house they’ve inherited. Despite their individual loneliness, neither is willing to change or cede to the other’s intentions. As the sisters discover the house’s dark secrets, the spirits of the past awaken, and strange events envelop them. The Hush sisters must either face these sinister forces together or be forever ripped apart.

In The Hush Sisters, Gerard Collins weaves psychological suspense with elements of the fantastic to craft a contemporary urban gothic that will keep readers spellbound until the novel whispers its startling secrets.


“Gerard Collins’ novel The Hush Sisters is classic Atlantic Gothic, with a few more sub genres thrown in for good measure. I used to live very near to where the book is set. Cold shivers. But the whole city of St. John’s is brought creepily to life. The unhushable Hush Sisters will keep you up at night—just leave the lights on. Wicked and clever.” – Wayne Johnston, author of First Snow, Last Light and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

“Once it gets inside your head, there’s nothing quiet about Gerard Collins’ The Hush Sisters. It unsettles, it whispers, it lurks. It demands your attention, and you’re left with an impossible choice: to keep reading until the darkening drama is solved, or to savour it slowly and risk staying caught among the ghosts. Deft suspense, taut writing, and a plot that grabs you and won’t let go; it drags you through one corner of a St. John’s neighbourhood and shows how much of a house is really just its façade. Once you start, you’re going into the walls. And that’s just the beginning.” – Russell Wangersky, author of Walt and Whirl Away.

“Gerard Collins has played quite a trick with his new novel, The Hush Sisters. By luring the reader into his ghost riddled family mansion, he has left us open and unsuspecting of the pain and heartbreak that we live with these characters, and the histories that intertwine in these dark halls and creaking attics, could be our own… There is more at work here than just the Gothic, and the reader is rewarded with a story that will surprise and frighten them, but also move them as they walk through this dark, beside the Sisters Hush.” – Jeremy Gilmer, The East

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