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The Mark of Cain

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1567. Aphra is not a normal child. Found abandoned as a baby among the reeds and rushes, the two outcast witches who raise her in their isolated cottage are never sure if she was born, or just pushed up through the foul, black mud for them to find. Little Aphra's gifts in the dark craft are clear, even as an infant, but soon even her guardians begin to fear her. When a violent fire destroys their home, Aphra is left to fend for herself. Years of begging and stealing make her strong, but they also make her bitter, for she is shunned and feared by everyone she meets. Until she reaches Bryers Guerdon and meets the man they call Long Lankin - the leper. Ostracized and tormented, he is the only person willing to help her. And together, they plot their revenge. 1962 Four years have passed since the death of Ida Guerdon, and Cora is back in Bryers Guerdon in the manor house her aunt left to her. It is a cold, bitter winter, and the horrifying events of that sweltering summer in 1958 seem long past. Until Cora's father arranges for some restoration work to take place at Guerdon Hall, and it seems that something hidden there long ago has been disturbed. The spirit of Aphra Rushes - intent on finishing what she began, four centuries ago.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 30mm | 350g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552569615
  • 9780552569613
  • 1,089,686

Review quote

"What an incredibly dark story this is, and how full of thrill. What skills in planting chilling fears in the mind of the reader, just by little touches: a reflection in the window, a chill in the air, a whispering noise. It works so well that at every turn of the story the mind is teased to unleash one's fears to imagine horrific scenarios ... A thrilling tale and a most powerful sequel" Armadillo "What an incredibly dark story this is, and how full of thrill. What skills in planting chilling fears in the mind of the reader, just by little touches: a reflection in the window, a chill in the air, a whispering noise. It works so well that at every turn of the story the mind is teased to unleash one's fears to imagine horrific scenarios ... A thrilling tale and a most powerful sequel" Armadilloshow more

About Lindsey Barraclough

Lindsey Barraclough was born in Essex. She worked as a music teacher and lives in London with her husband and their five children. Her debut novel, Long Lankin, was published in 2011 to critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award, the UKLA Children's Book Award, the We Read Prize and the Southern Schools Award, and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Waterstones Book Prize. It was also named one of the best 100 YA novels by the American Young Adult Library Services Association.show more

Review Text

"What an incredibly dark story this is, and how full of thrill. What skills in planting chilling fears in the mind of the reader, just by little touches: a reflection in the window, a chill in the air, a whispering noise. It works so well that at every turn of the story the mind is teased to unleash one’s fears to imagine horrific scenarios . . . A thrilling tale and a most powerful sequel"show more

Back cover copy

'I never wanted to see the place again' Cora and Mimi are bequeathed a crumbling manor house in their aunt's will, and the past is suddenly reawoken - for Guerdon Hall was the scene of untold horror and tragedy, four summers ago. Then Cora's father arranges for some restoration work to take place at the Hall, and Cora's worst fears are realized. The ancient spirit of a dark and powerful witch has been disturbed, and is now intent on wreaking vengeance on Cora and Mimi - the last surviving descendants of the family which she long ago swore to destroy for ever.show more

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170 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 30% (51)
4 38% (65)
3 22% (37)
2 8% (14)
1 2% (3)
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