Petra’s Ghost


A man's pilgrimage becomes something from his darkest nightmares when secrets arise and ghosts haunt his path.

A woman has vanished on the Camino de Santiago, the ancient five-hundred-mile pilgrimage that crosses northern Spain. Daniel, an Irish expat, walks the lonely trail carrying his wife, Petra’s, ashes, along with the damning secret of how she really died.

When he teams up to walk with vibrant California girl Ginny, she seems like the perfect antidote for his grieving heart. But a nightmare figure begins to stalk them, and Daniel's mind starts to unravel from the horror of things he cannot explain.

Unexpected twists and turns echo the path of the ancient trail they walk upon. The lines begin to blur between reality and madness, between truth and the lies we tell ourselves.


C.S. O'Cinneide uses the archaic rituals and settings of the Camino de Santiago … to tell a very modern ghost story

Toronto Star

[A] beautifully haunting debut

The Fiction Fox

[A] thrilling, eerie story that kept my eyes on the page ... Petra’s Ghost is a tightly-woven tale with succinct character descriptions and steady pacing ... If a macabre story with a chilling atmosphere piques your interest, grab this book as soon as you can.

While every story will take you on a journey, it is a rare one that takes you on a pilgrimage. Petra's Ghost does that: it is a marvellous tale of love, death, and human spirit.

Francesco Dimitri, author of The Book of Hidden Things

Vividly realised, eerie, compelling and unputdownable, the novel is haunted at every step – I absolutely loved it.

Allison Littlewood, author of The Hidden People

About the Author

C.S. O’Cinneide

Posted by Kendra on October 9, 2018
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C.S. O’Cinneide

C.S. O'Cinneide is a writer and a blogger on her website, She Kills Lit. Her short stories have appeared in journals such as untethered and Minola Review, as well as in Mantid Magazine and on the podcast No Extra Words. She lives in Guelph, Ontario.