The Shadowing (Hardback)Rhiannon Ward (author)
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When well-to-do Hester learns of her sister Mercy's death at a Nottinghamshire workhouse, she travels to Southwell to find out how her sister ended up at such a place.
Haunted by her sister's ghost, Hester sets out to uncover the truth, when the official story reported by the workhouse master proves to be untrue. Mercy was pregnant - both her and the baby are said to be dead of cholera, but the workhouse hasn't had an outbreak for years.
Hester discovers a strange trend in the workhouse of children going missing. One woman tells her about the Pale Lady, a ghostly figure that steals babies in the night. Is this lady a myth or is something more sinister afoot at the Southwell poorhouse?
As Hester investigates, she uncovers a conspiracy, one that someone is determined to keep a secret, no matter the cost...
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 34 mm
An historical novel dripping with menace, featuring a sympathetic heroine, seances, and family secrets-there's so much to love about The Quickening! * Shari Lapena, author of The End of Her *
If you like gothic mystery, buckle up! This atmospheric read has it all * Woman magazine *
Utterly brilliant... full of secrets and deliciously creepy, I raced through it * Lisa Hall, author of The Perfect Couple *
A spooky treat, which had me turning the pages faster and faster * Cass Green, author of In a Cottage in a Wood *
A powerful, spine-tingling, beautifully written gothic mystery full of real, complex characters, smart, dark twists and utterly immersive historical detail * Hayley Webster *
It's twisty and atmospheric, seriously creepy, and has an inspiring central character I was rooting for * Cressida McLaughlin *
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“A gothic thriller”
The Shadowing book title refers to Hester and the ghosts she has seen since childhood, something she can’t talk about as it angers her father, going against his religion. I found Hester a fascinating character, and... More
A Quaker family are shocked to discover that the daughter they thought had run off to be married has died in a workhouse in Nottinghamshire, from an outbreak of cholera which also killed her newborn baby. Wanting to... More
Having read and enjoyed the authors previous books I was eagerly looking forward to reading The Shadowing and it doesn’t disappoint.
What you have is a historical gothic tale that hits all the right spots, it hooks... More
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