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Wakenhyrst is a glorious darkly gothic feast of a read, and I really had no option other than to choose it as one of my picks of the month. Folklore and superstition are bound up in the Fens, Maud Steame has grown up there, surrounded by gossip, rumours and terrible secrets, will releasing her story set her free? Michelle Paver excels in quietly setting fear loose and disquiet scurrying free. Simply and beautifully descriptive, words leave the page and settle together to gradually create an entire picture. I found myself hooked, then completely snared as Maud’s life unfolds over 60 years revealing the very essence of her being. I feel deeply connected to Maud, and she continues to exist in my thoughts. Wakenhyrst is a fascinating, deeply emotional, and surprisingly beautiful read, I highly recommend stepping inside and setting your feelings free to explore.
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.
Closing date: 30/11/2020
PRAISE FOR MICHELLE PAVER:
'A ghost story to chill and thrill ... Like Touching the Void rewritten by Jack London, Thin Air is a heart-freezing masterpiece' Guardian.
'Paver is the mistress of suspense' The Times.
'A wonderful atmospheric and hugely enjoyable ghost story' Anthony Horowitz.
'A story of horror and beauty' Sunday Telegraph.
'This vivid ghost story reads like a classic' Sunday Mirror.
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Publisher: Head of Zeus
|Publication date:||4th April 2019|
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Spine-Chilling Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Michelle Paver was born in Malawi; her father was South African and her mother is Belgian. They moved to England when she was small and she was brought up in Wimbledon, where she still lives. After gaining a first in biochemistry at Oxford she became a lawyer and was until recently a partner of a large City law firm, specialising in patent litigation. She has now given up the law to write full-time. She is the author of Without Charity, A Place in the Hills, The Shadow Catcher and Fever Hill all published by Corgi.More About Michelle Paver