The Skeleton Key (Hardback)
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The Skeleton Key (Hardback)

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Hardback 512 Pages / Published: 01/09/2022
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From the author of Watch Her Fall comes a truly ingenious thriller about a decades-old literary treasure hunt and the sinister passions and obsessions that are reignited when a cult mystery picture book is reissued.

Thsi reunion will tear a family apart...

Summer, 2021. Nell has come home at her family's insistence to celebrate an anniversary. Fifty years ago, her father wrote The Golden Bones. Part picture book, part treasure hunt, Sir Frank Churcher created a fairy story about Elinore, a murdered woman whose skeleton was scattered all over England. Clues and puzzles in the pages of The Golden Bones led readers to seven sites where jewels were buried - gold and precious stones, each a different part of a skeleton. One by one, the tiny golden bones were dug up until only Elinore's pelvis remained hidden.

The book was a sensation. A community of treasure hunters called the Bonehunters formed, in frenzied competition, obsessed to a dangerous degree. People sold their homes to travel to England and search for Elinore. Marriages broke down as the quest consumed people. A man died. The book made Frank a rich man. Stalked by fans who could not tell fantasy from reality, his daughter, Nell, became a recluse.

But now the Churchers must be reunited. The book is being reissued along with a new treasure hunt and a documentary crew are charting everything that follows. Nell is appalled, and terrified. During the filming, Frank finally reveals the whereabouts of the missing golden bone. And then all hell breaks loose.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781473680883
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 760 g
Dimensions: 238 x 162 x 44 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'An intricately plotted thriller, full of detail and invention, with impeccably realised settings and characters as monstrous as they are believable. Above all it is a completely addictive story of two families destroyed by success. Erin Kelly is a genius' - Jane Casey

'Moody, propulsive, and one of the most intriguing set ups I've read in years. Erin Kelly doesn't put a foot wrong in this atmospheric, original thriller' - Gillian McAllister

'A feat of real ambition and imagination - original, suspenseful, and with complex characters that spring irresistibly to life on the page, this is Erin Kelly at her finest' - Louise Candlish

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“Intriguing family drama”

I was really intrigued by the synopsis of this book; A mystery book written in the 70s is still causing repercussions for the family and friends of the author. Based on an old English folk song, Frank Churcher wrote... More

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“Beautifully written, full of seriously flawed characters and lots of toxicity, this book is both riveting and unmissable.”

Erin Kelly is one of my ‘go to’ authors when I am looking for compelling, intelligent story telling that leaves a lasting impression. The Skeleton Key does all of that and more. It is rich, full of character,... More

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“A Family Drama”

The Skeleton Key is a story about a treasure hunt mystery but also about a very dysfunctional family .The Golden Bones was written 50 years ago and set off a cult .The Churcher Family are meeting together again to... More

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