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Signed Edition - The Key In The Lock (Hardback)

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I still dream, every night, of Polneath on fire. Smoke unfurling out of an upper window and a hectic orange light cascading across the lawn.

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.

Brimming with secrets, this lyrical, haunting historical thriller is perfect for fans of Elizabeth Macneal, Sarah Watersand Diane Setterfield.



'A gifted storyteller' Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent

'Vivid and terrifying' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

'Beth Underdown grips us from the outset and won't let go' Patrick Gale, author of Notes From An Exhibition

'A richly told and utterly compelling tale, with shades of Hilary Mantel' Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat

'Thumpingly good' Lucy Mangan, author of Bookworm

'Beth Underdown cleverly creates a compelling atmosphere of dread and claustrophobia' Kate Riordan, author of The Girl in the Photograph

'A tense, surprising and elegantly-crafted novel' Ian McGuire, author of The North Water

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryHorrorClassic horror & ghost stories Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 13/01/2022 ISBN-13: 2369537082544  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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“THE KEY IN THE LOCK” is a hauntingly gothic style, historical mystery set in Cornwall and written by Beth Underwood, an author whose readers have been waiting on tenterhooks for this, her second novel. - “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.” The story opens in 1918 with Ivy Boscawen drenched in grief after learning her young son has been ‘killed’ in the Great War. She is struggling to understand how he died, due to the unusual phrasing of the telegram they received. As she desperately tries to overcome her intense sorrow, her mind is taken back to 1888 when her father was the local town doctor and she accompanied him to a devastating fire at the prominent powder mill owner’s Manor House. When it’s discovered that William, a young child who died suspiciously in the fire, Ivy is embroiled in the difficult inquest that follows. However, Ivy can’t help recollecting her actions following that terrible event and whether or not she could have done more to get justice for William. The story is told by Ivy and switches between the two timelines seamlessly. This book drew me in instantly and I found it very addictive and engrossing. The emotions from Ivy were truly genuine and I could relate to her feelings as a mother, wondering if her son’s death on the frontline was her fault in her mothering. The two deaths were completely different to each other and created different style griefs and perspectives and I thought they were handled with the correct amount of sympathy and emotions, enabling the book to stay mysterious and have that gothic secretive edge. I was caught out by the impressive denouement but the clever plotting by the author, meant that the two timelines convened into a surprising and entertaining conclusion, that’s really not to be missed. I adored this beautiful book and I would happily urge readers of gothic historical thrillers to make sure this is on your reading list for 2022. You won’t be disappointed! #TheKeyInTheLock - 5 stars

- 23/01/2022
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