Consumption has ravaged Louise Pinecroft’s family, leaving her and her father alone and heartbroken. But Dr Pinecroft has plans for a revolutionary experiment: convinced that sea air will prove to be the cure his wife and children needed, he arranges to house a group of prisoners suffering from the same disease in the cliffs beneath his new Cornish home. While he devotes himself to his controversial medical trials, Louise finds herself increasingly discomfited by the strange tales her new maid tells of the fairies that hunt the land, searching for those they can steal away to their realm.
Forty years later, Hester Why arrives at Morvoren House to take up a position as nurse to the now partially paralysed and almost entirely mute Miss Pinecroft. Hester has fled to Cornwall to try and escape her past, but surrounded by superstitious staff enacting bizarre rituals, she soon discovers that her new home may be just as dangerous as her last…
Laura Purcell is a former bookseller who lives in Colchester with her husband. Her first novel for Raven Books, The Silent Companions, won the 2018 WH Smith’s Thumping Good Read Award, was a Radio 2 Book Club pick, a Goldsboro Book of the Month and was featured on ITV’s inaugural The Zoe Ball Book Club, while Laura’s gothic chiller The Corset was acclaimed as a ‘masterpiece’ by readers and reviewers alike.
“Deliciously spooky” – Observer
“Laura is a masterful writer, her deliciously gothic stories so skilfully woven that you can’t get them out of your head even if you wanted to”
– Stacey Halls, author of the Sunday Times bestseller, The Familiars
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