The Hush Sisters

The Hush Sisters

by Gerard Collins
  • from-the-atlantic-canada
  • literary
  • mystery-crime
  • upmarket

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, author

Gerard Collins is a Newfoundland writer whose first novel, Finton Moon, was nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award and won the Percy Janes First Novel Award. His short-story collection, Moonlight Sketches, won the NL Book Award, and his stories have been published widely in journals and anthologies. He lives in southern New Brunswick.


  • 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
  • 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

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Breakwater Books



rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: Adult

publication date: 10/05/2020

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book