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Free Huntly launch for novel The Darkest Night by bestselling Insch author Vikki Patis aka Victoria Hawthorne at Orb’s Bookshop

By Lewis McBlane

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A BESTSELLING Insch author will launch her “superb new book” in Huntly next week.

Vikki Patis, writing as Victoria Hawthorne, is to celebrate her new book at Orb's Bookshop.
Vikki Patis, writing as Victoria Hawthorne, is to celebrate her new book at Orb's Bookshop.

The “very special” event will take place at Orb’s Bookshop on Thursday, April 25, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, according to a bookshop spokesperson.

Vikki Patis, writing under pen name Victoria Hawthorne, will be celebrating her new novel The Darkest Night.

The free event at Orb’s Bookshop will see copies available for sale, with Vikki signing them on the night, alongside free refreshments.

According to publisher Quercus Books, the historical work is: “A bewitching and haunting story of family secrets – and the lengths some will go to protect them.”

The story begins with Ailsa Reid’s escape to her grandparent’s Fife home, after her life in London begins to fall apart.

As the novel unfolds, however, it takes the reader on an evocative gothic journey exploring topics like tough family relationships, feminism — and witchcraft.

Vikki, who has featured on Amazon’s bestseller list, lives in Insch with her wife and “two wild golden retrievers, and an even wilder cat”.

She was diagnosed with Perthes disease as a child, and fibromyalgia and coeliac disease as an adult.

And she uses her experience to raise awareness of life with a chronic illness in her writing, along with including a diverse range of characters.

She was a judge for the inaugural ADCI Literary Prize, for authors with chronic illnesses, launched by the Society of Authors in 2022.

Vikki previously published psychological thriller Return to Blackwater House in March 2022, and debut historical novel The House at Helygen in April 2022.

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