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The Key In The Lock (Hardback)Beth Underdown (author)
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
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 28 mm
'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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