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When a small child is found wandering alone, the local shopkeepers call the authorities immediately. Twenty minutes later, the girl’s mother turns up, panicked and distraught. It doesn't take long to clear things up, and mother and daughter are soon reunited and sent on their way.

Miles away, the body of a man is discovered, floating in a bathtub, but the most surprising discovery of all is that he isn't dead. Despite his injuries, he is very much alive.

Two seemingly unrelated events. But as DS Harper begins to investigate, disturbing truths start to come to light that connect the man to the mother and child, and suddenly it’s not clear where the danger truly lies. Harper must find out, and quickly. Because someone, or something, is closing in, and she needs to uncover the truth before it’s too late....

Weaving together the trademark folklore inspiration that audiences loved in Little Darlings, with the procedural narrative force of a brilliant mystery, this is the excellent and unnerving new novel from Melanie Golding.

©2021 Melanie Golding (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Chilling story, beautiful prose." (Clare Mackintosh, number one Sunday Times best-selling author)

"Atmospheric and very creepy." (Guardian)

"Unforgettable...there is something of Sylvia Plath in Lauren.... One suspects that the real sorceress here is Golding, whose writing has given a voice to every wronged mother." (New York Times)

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