There was a man outside the window. An everyday figure, safe as houses, but her heart clenched in fear. It was the look on his face: recognition, a familiarity so deep he didn't have to say a word.
But she'd never seen him before in her life.
It is the winter of 1952, and Isabel Carey is struggling to adjust to the realities of married life in Yorkshire.
Isolated and lonely, she is also intensely cold. And her husband - a doctor - is rarely home.
And then one night she discovers an old RAF greatcoat in the back of a cupboard. She puts it on her bed for warmth - and is startled by a knock at her window.
Outside is a young man. A pilot. And he wants to come in ...
'Taut and elegantly written' Sunday Times
'Atmospheric and accomplished' Woman & Home
'Haunting and exquisitely crafted' Glamour
'A perfect ghost story' Independent on Sunday
‘I love ghost stories and this one is hugely atmospheric.’ Judy Finnigan
‘I really enjoyed the authentic wartime detail in this book.’ Richard Madeley
'In her Afterword, Dunmore says that her inspirations for this ghost story were The Turn of the Screw and Tom's Midnight Garden, stories which deal with the past's imprint upon the present. Her own story stands comparison with those illustrious models… A genuinely eerie story in which both the living and the dead are equally real.’ Independent on Sunday
‘Helen Dunmore's first ever ghost story is at once eloquent and haunting and a beautiful interpretation of the novella.’ Stylistshow more