The Key In The Lock (Hardback)
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The Key In The Lock (Hardback)

The Key In The Lock (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 13/01/2022
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Steeped in secrets, guilt and other ghosts of the past, The Key in the Lock is a mesmerising Gothic mystery revolving around a tragic fire in an old country house, perfect for fans of Daphne du Maurier and Elizabeth Macneal.

I still dream, every night, of Polneath on fire. Smoke unfurling out of an upper window and a hectic orange light cascading across the terrace.

By day, Ivy Boscawen mourns the loss of her son Tim in the Great War. But by night she mourns another boy - one whose death decades ago haunts her still.

For Ivy is sure that there is more to what happened all those years ago: the fire at the Great House, and the terrible events that came after. A truth she must uncover, if she is ever to be free.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241503300
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 240 x 156 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'The Key in the Lock is an absolute triumph! Dark, clever and utterly enthralling, this is historical fiction - and storytelling - at its absolute best. I can't wait to read whatever Beth Underdown writes next' - Elizabeth Macneal

'Underdown's latest is a gothic mystery of the highest order. Chilling, sad, beautiful, and so elegantly conjured, it's a story that summons du Maurier but retains ghosts all its own. I raced through it, my heart in my mouth. Superb' - Emma Stonex

'The Key in the Lock is the perfect gothic novel. It has secrets, guilt, brilliant characters, and a grand old house built on a terrible past. An absolute corker' - Stuart Turton

'Absorbing, beautifully written... Everything I enjoy in a gothic mystery' - Rosie Andrews

'This is a novel of true elegance, deftly and satisfyingly plotted. I expect impeccable prose from Beth Underdown but The Key In The Lock is also wise, thoughtful, and profoundly moving' - Imogen Hermes Gowar

'The Key in the Lock will enthral fans of The Witchfinder's Sister. A brooding Cornish tale of a grieving mother obsessively unpicking the lies around the death of the child of the man she secretly loves, it'll also recruit fans of Du Maurier & Waters' - Patrick Gale

'Deliciously intriguing from the very first sentence, with shades of Du Maurier and Dunmore. I was hooked by this exquisitely written tale of secrets and lies' - Sara Collins

'A smouldering gothic mystery that slowly envelopes you, The Key in the Lock is a novel of repressed desire and well-tended grief - getting to the very heart of the grudges we hold against ourselves' - Joseph Knox

'Brilliantly twisty, dripping with mystery and utterly heartbreaking' - Emily Koch

'I was completely enthralled by this poetic, beautifully conceived and executed mystery full of secrets and subtlety' - Imogen Robertson

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“Page turning Gothic novel”

*I received a free copy of this novel to review from Net Galley*

This atmospheric Gothic novel is set in Cornwall and flits between December 1888 and 1919. As Ivy mourns her only son killed in the First World War,... More

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“Gripping historical fiction thriller”

The description of this book really gripped me. However, as I read it, I realised how much I underestimated the plot and how clever the narrative turned out to be. Like the main character, I was intrigued by turn of... More

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Dan at Cribbs Causeway Store

“Will you uncover the truth?”

1918:
By day, Ivy Boscawen mourns the loss of her son Tim, a loving and kind young man who Ivy loved with all of her heart, before the Great War took him and left her in eternal grief and changed forever.
However, at... More

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