The Low Road – Eleanor Harkstead

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*I received a free ARC of this story, with thanks to the author.  The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*


The Low Road 41PqXqqUtJLBlurb:   Can a lonely driver and a tragic hitch-hiker cheat both time and death?

One night in the pouring rain, Alex stops on Gallows Hill to pick up a hitch-hiker. But when the hitch-hiker vanishes from the passenger seat, Alex fears for his sanity.

Then he discovers that Gallows Hill is a place filled with ghosts—of smugglers, witches and highwaymen.

And a young, tragic hitch-hiker named Joe.

When Joe appears again on Gallows Hill, Alex dares to hope that they can cheat both time and death. But how can there be a future for them when Joe is trapped in a few minutes of a rainy night forty years before?


Yet another seriously sweet M/M romance from the pen of Eleanor Harkstead; this time with a ghostly twist perfect for your upcoming Halloween reading!

Alex is living his ordinary, pleasant-but-lonely life until he picks up friendly hitchhiker Joe.  Joe is on his way to a party with his friends.  He is handsome, chatty and doesn’t mind the rain.  He is, in fact, Alex’s ideal man.

He is also dead.

This short story perfectly captures Alex’s loneliness, yearning and confused sadness as he realises that the potential love of his life actually lived – and died – years ago.

Luckily this is more romance than ghost story really, so the spooky chills are replaced by a clean and touching story of true love finding a way despite seemingly impossible obstacles.

If you are looking for something a bit cosier this ghostly season then this is the short story for you!


   “Well… all right then.  I’ll come along to the party.  This evening’s turned out quite–”  As Alex reached the crossroads at the top of the hill, his radio signal vanished and was replaced with hissing static.  He banged the radio with his fist, and glanced over to Joe.
Who was no longer there.

– Eleanor Harkstead, The Low Road


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You can find more from Eleanor Harkstead at her website here, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

The Low Road releases on Amazon on 15th October 2019 – preorder it here!



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