Wakenhyrst (Paperback)Michelle Paver (author)
The brooding, pervasive aura of the Edwardian Suffolk fens permeates every nook and cranny of Michelle Paver’s grippingly gothic historic tale of madness, witchcraft and family enmity, as a freshly discovered painted medieval devil awakes supernatural forces.
By the bestselling author of Dark Matter and Thin Air, an outstanding new piece of story-telling, a tale of mystery and imagination laced with terror. It is a masterwork in the modern gothic tradition.
Something has been let loose...
In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens: a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets. Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father.
When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened.
Maud's battle has begun. She must survive a world haunted by witchcraft, the age-old legends of her beloved fen - and the even more nightmarish demons of her father's past.
Spanning five centuries, Wakenhyrst is a darkly gothic thriller about murderous obsession and one girl's longing to fly free.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 416
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'[Michelle Paver's] storytelling is irresistible' - The Times
'It's a ghost story to put beside the classics of an earlier era ... Compelling' - Evening Standard.
'Original and engrossing ... Paver masterfully blends together two narratives ... Spanning fen devils, mystics and the lot of women in Edwardian England' - The Observer.
'This book has been haunting me ... Very gripping' - BBC Radio 2 Book Club
'[A] superb, supernatural novel ... Paver deliciously ratchets up the tension as Maud struggles for autonomy in the face of her father's deranged obsessions' -The Daily Mail.
'A demonic presence lurks in the fens in this tale about murder, loneliness and an abusive relationship' - The Times
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“A perfect ghost story for gloomy dark winter nights....”
I read this book in one sitting and loved it. Michelle Paver writes atmospheric gothic ghost stories in the tradition of great masters, Stoker and Shelley.
Set in Edwardian Suffolk in a remote Manor House deep in the... More
“Thrilling, suspensful, and impossible to put down”
Having read work by Michelle Paver before, my hopes were very high for Wakenhyrst, and I am happy to report that they were met! Perhaps a bit gentler on the reader than Dark Matter in matters of terror and suspense,... More
“A gripping gothic tale”
I had previously read and enjoyed two of Michelle Paver's books both dealing with a supernatural theme so I was particularly looking forward to her latest modern gothic novel which was rooted in the folklore and... More
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