The Cottage on the Border by Hannah Warren

The Cottage on the Border by Hannah Warren
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (357 pgs)
Rated: 4 stars
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Jenna’s earliest memory is of her mother’s feet dangling in dust motes, as a three year old left orphaned while her mother’s corpse hung from a beam. Her mother committed suicide, that’s how she escaped and freed herself. When her own life falls apart Jenna’s earliest memory becomes her anchor, she too wants to be free.

Vincent Van Son is Jenna’s adopted brother, her psychiatrist, perhaps her only friend. He takes her to the Cottage for recovery, determined to rescue his sister from herself after her failed suicide attempt. The cottage on the border is at Oud Land, and is the location of many dark secrets.

Jenna’s close call with death leaves her open to the psychic world, and in this cottage in the onset of a misty winter, Jenna hears them, the voices of the past, memories of what happened on the border. It becomes a journey to herself. She has to listen, to witness, she has no choice. Their stories are her story, and it is a long heritage of murder, deceit, ethnic discourse and betrayal.

Perspective returns to the introspective prima ballerina, she has learned the truth of her family, of this cottage of psychic confessions. She alone emerges from the rubble of six decades of troubled family history, a lone phoenix.

Psychic Confessions is a tale of murder, mystery, intrigue, familial despair, heartbreak, and spiritual resurrection.

In Hannah Warren’s strangely eerie The Cottage on the Border we discover a tangled web of horrors, literally handed down through generations. The odd psychic connection that allows our main character to view the past allows us, as readers, to see it as well. The story resonates with emotion. It will make you recoil as much as rejoice, yet nothing, not even recovery, comes free from this intrigue.

Jenna is a dancer, a marvelous, successful dancer. Her career means everything, but her challenge is always to eat enough, to remain strong…and she fails. Or did she? Was it sabotage? From this unclear beginning, Jenna takes us into the past.

She has, she knows, a ‘gift.’ Indeed, she discovers the gift in a place that has seen too much and because of her own closeness to death. She discovers her psychic connection to the past; more to memories than hauntings, but haunting memories just the same.

With her brother Vincent’s help, in a bid to recover herself, she winds up discovering decades of horror. He’s a psychiatrist, and not, she thinks “intuitive” but he is a help, nonetheless. A help to her, in interpreting; for this is the story of others: of her old grandfather, of her mother, also years dead, as much as her own. There were the politics of the times and events no one would have guessed.

Jenna’s understanding and reaction to people, choices, and events gives her a different, or changing, perspective to her own life.

This story reveals family connections from WWII era to contemporary times. The people, changing times, noted events all were presented in a perfectly believable way. The writing style is straightforward and readable.

Some measure of wordiness, as well as the odd editing oversights (leaving a typo like ‘here’ in place of ‘her’) prevent a top score. Do not let this keep you from reading, however. The Cottage on the Border is an odd but heartfelt and original tale.


  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. Roselle Torres says:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Do you write every day? Do you have a word goal for each day you write?

    • Hello Peggy, thank you for asking and sorry for my late reply. I was abroad for work! I try to write every day but lately I’ve been having a lapse again. I tend to write in fits and starts but I’ve been taking place in NaNoWriMo for the past four years and intend to do so again this November!

  4. Thank you so much for hosting me and for this review, as honest and straightforward as my writing. -:)

  5. Sounds like a great read.

  6. What a fascinating subject. I love the sound of this story. Somewhat scary, but great.

  7. Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

    • Mai T. You mean how my fictional characters tried to find a way out of a difficult situation or me myself in my own life? I’m quite willing to answer either question but want to make sure I understand you correctly! 🙂

  8. Love the cover!

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