Elizabeth Brooks

Elizabeth Brooks is the author of The Orphan of Salt Winds, The Whispering House, and The House in the Orchard. She grew up in Chester, England, graduated from Cambridge University, and resides on the Isle of Man with her husband and two children.


  • Exceptionally vivid. . . . a story of betrayal and unlikely friendships filled with reflective tidbits of wisdom, the novel blends WWII fiction with idyllic romance drama and a touch of macabre thriller. . . . like an updated and more approachable Jane Austen.

    —The Associated Press

  • A seductive gothic novel. . . . Readers will be rapt.

    —Publishers Weekly

  • Suspenseful. . . . A new-fashioned, old-fashioned story of love, deception and buried secrets.

    —Kirkus Reviews

  • With a sense of suspense and menace in the vein of Daphne du Maurier. . . .The Woman in the Sable Coat is a slow burn of a novel, with a lovely, surprising moment of redemption and connection. . . at the story’s end.

    —Book Page

  • Secrets, betrayals, and compromises abound as these very different women navigate treacherous relationships to find safe harbor in Brooks’ taut novel.


  • Ripe with psychologically-complex characters and relentless attention to detail, Brooks’ literary success comes from pushing the genre’s boundaries. . . . breathes new life into the genre of historical fiction.

    —West Trade Review

  • A story of infidelity, secrets, murder, friendship, and marriage. . . . a wonderful read.

    —Historical Novel Society

  • I was compelled to stay up way past my bedtime on more than one occasion. Highly recommended to lovers of historical fiction.

    —California Reading

  • A beautifully written evocation of a young girl’s coming-of-age, and plunging into womanhood and war, which gradually intensifies into a gothic unease that would make Daphne Du Maurier proud. Excellent―I could not put it down.

    —Helen Simonson, author of The Summer Before The War

  • The Woman in the Sable Coat isn’t just a breath of fresh air; it’s a gust, blowing away stale tropes of the World War II novel and replacing them with an intriguing tale of vivid characters caught in the snares of love, war, and deception.

    —Annie Barrows, author of The Truth According to Us and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • Reading Elizabeth Brooks’s new novel The Woman in the Sable Coat feels like stepping into an alternate version of I Capture the Castle written by Patricia Highsmith and filmed by Alfred Hitchcock. A mesmerizing, psychologically complex story about two women who meet at an impromptu dinner party in the 1930s English countryside—an encounter that sets off a decade of secrets and betrayals–only to discover their dreams of romance might be the greatest self-betrayal of all. From quaint village life and a war-time RAF airbase, to the snowy wilds of Canada and a storm-tossed ocean liner, The Woman in the Sable Coat spins a literary tale full of penetrating detail, enigmatic characters, and delicious plot twists. Not since Atonement have I read a book so unexpected in its telling, or its power.

    —Natalie Jenner, Internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society

  • Exceptional. . . . Readers will scramble to decide whom to trust, as misplaced faith leads to deadly outcomes.

    —Kirkus Reviews

  • Haunting. . . . a richly-layered gothic novel with all the psychological penetrations that form is so celebrated for.


  • A twisty read full of complex characters and mystery.


  • Reading this one feels like wandering darkened hallways with a candle flickering in a ghostly breeze. . . . A gorgeous historical novel.

    —Good Housekeeping

  • Issues of class, grief, and longing rise up through the floorboards of every page.

    —Departures Magazine

  • A psychological study reminiscent of the Henry James classic, What Maisie Knew.

    —New York Journal of Books

  • A haunting historic gothic novel.


  • Powerful.

    —Historical Novel Society

  • A gothic novel with the same clever and unseen yet unescapable hand as Austen in Northanger Abbey or Brontë in Jane Eyre. . . . a thing of immense beauty and suspense.

    —Porter House Reviews

  • Like McEwan’s Atonement, Elizabeth Brooks delivers a twisty tale which proves deadly when innocence collides with an antiquated world of manners and class.

    —Michelle Hoover, author of The Quickening

  • At turns lush and tangled, with moments of clarity that burst forth from the darkness like shafts of moonlight penetrating a forest canopy, The House in the Orchard represents the finest in gothic fiction. Brooks is a master, enticing the reader forward, one step at a time, but only revealing the path by the light of a candle. Bewitching.

    —Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Sisters of Night and Fog

  • Elizabeth Brooks has penned an inspired take on the Gothic novel that would impress Daphne du Maurier and Emily Brontë. Alluring, atmospheric, and deliciously creepy, The House in the Orchard is a wickedly entertaining read.

    —Tasha Alexander, bestselling author of Secrets of the Nile

  • Eerie and addictive. . . . Like Wuthering Heights, The Whispering House is a melancholy novel, its characters filled with dark longings.

    —The New York Times Book Review

  • The Whispering House is atmospheric and creepy, and as needy, nostalgic Freya is pulled deeper and deeper into its shadows, the reader’s worry for her grows—and, with it, the novel’s suspense. Freya is haunted by words she wishes she could take back, the sister she lost, the love that never was, the hopes for the future that she couldn’t attain; all of these materialize in the deep shadows and shifting portrait-eyes of Byrne Hall. Brooks has crafted a slow-simmering, psychological, gothic novel about grief and longing.


  • Brooks cooks up a spellbinding gothic story featuring a sinister country house. This is an exquisitely creepy page-turner.

    —Publishers Weekly

  • A compelling gothic tale.

    —City Book Review

  • Eerie, gripping, and macabre: a gothic romance for the contemporary age.

    —Kirkus Reviews

  • A gothic mystery whose ethereal tone and atmospheric detail allow it to step lightly between heavy revelations.


  • Love the gothic vibes of Brooks’s new novel.


  • Spooky and captivating. . . . this unsettling story about heartache and yearning is filled with bone-chilling breezes, taunting ghosts and maddening isolation.

    —Shelf Awareness

  • With a compelling narrator, absorbing atmosphere, and loads of literary references, this modern gothic novel is a stunner.

    —The Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide

  • Shimmering, lush, with prose that beats at the heart, The Whispering House will keep you up all night. Elizabeth Brooks has written a gothic mystery like no other.

    —Rene Denfeld, bestselling author of The Butterfly Girl

  • The Orphan of Salt Winds is a beautifully written, atmospheric novel—reminiscent of Jane Eyre with its wild, bleak setting and houseful of mysteries. . . . Bewitching and haunting.

    —Eowyn Ivey, author of THE SNOW CHILD

  • The Orphan of Salt Winds is an atmospheric, beautifully paced novel about sacrifice, the urge to belong, and revenge. It’s full of well-drawn characters I loved to hate, and those that I didn’t want to let go, even after I closed the last page.

    —Claire Fuller, author of SWIMMING LESSONS

  • Filled with unexpected twists, beautifully rendered characters, and told with great style, The Orphan of Salt Winds will seep into your soul.

    —Keith Donohue, author of THE STOLEN CHILD

  • Like Daphne du Maurier, this novel powerfully conjures up a
    a time and a story that are unforgettable.

    —Rosamund Lupton, author of SISTER

  • Hauntingly gothic . . . This quietly unsettling tale holds its secrets close, making for a powerful story of loss and longing.

    —Publishers Weekly

  • Elizabeth Brooks’s writing has a quietly magical quality that conjures the atmosphere of Salt Winds effortlessly. This novel is a tenuous and thrilling unfolding of how events in Virginia’s past shape her actions in the present. An excellent blend of psychological mystery with a coming-of-age story, packaged in a unique historical setting—The Orphan of Salt Winds genuinely gave me goosebumps.

    —Johanna Albrecht, McIntyre’s Bookshop

  • I love this story! It captivated me from the
    first page and I was mesmerized
    until the last! Elizabeth Brooks has developed such wonderful characters and I
    developed strong feelings about all of them. . . . And then add to that some mystery with an unexpected twist at the
    end! What more could you ask for? A must read!

    —Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette