Elizabeth Brooks

Elizabeth Brooks’ debut novel, The Orphan of Salt Winds, was hailed by BuzzFeed as “evocative, gothic, and utterly transportive.” She grew up in Chester, England, graduated from Cambridge University, and resides on the Isle of Man with her husband and two children.


  • “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

  • “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.”


  • “A compelling gothic tale.”

    —City Book Review

  • “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

  • “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, author of The Butterfly Girl

  • “This modern gothic novel is a stunner.”

    —The Modern Mrs. Darcy

  • 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 Bitter Orange

  • “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 place, 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