The Mark of Cain

The Mark of Cain

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A spine-chilling companion to Long Lankin, here is the story of a wronged witch's revenge, spanning generations and crossing the shadowy line between life and death.
In 1567, baby Aphra is found among the reeds and rushes by two outcast witches. Even as an infant, her gifts in the dark craft are clear. But when her guardians succumb to an angry mob, Aphra is left to fend for herself. She is shunned and feared by all but one man, the leper known as Long Lankin. Hounded and ostracized, the two find solace only in each other, but even this respite is doomed, and Aphra's bitterness poisons her entire being. Afflicted with leprosy, tortured and about to be burned as a witch, she manages one final enchantment--a curse on her tormentor's heirs. Now, in 1962, Cora and Mimi, the last of a cursed line, are trapped in an ancient home on a crumbling estate in deepest winter, menaced by a spirit bent on revenge. Are their lives and souls forfeit forever?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 150 x 216 x 38mm | 680g
  • English
  • 0763678643
  • 9780763678647
  • 2,432,739

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Cora, Mimi, and Roger are back--back at Bryers Guerdon and in for another dose of mysterious, creeping horror in Barraclough's follow-up to Long Lankin (2012)...Literary, scary, and made to read with all the lights on.
--Kirkus Reviews Cora and Roger are clearly innocents in this whole ordeal, and their raw fear at having to yet again face down a supernatural terror is weighted with an exhaustion and resignation that makes their story as heartbreaking as it is horrific. As in the previous novel, the tension builds slowly, almost painfully so, until the spectacularly frightening scene in which the girls come head to head with Aphra. Readers who were hungry for even more gruesomeness after reading Long Lankin will find their appetites sated here.
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Barraclough slowly builds suspense as the girls sense things are still not quite right at home, and flashes of Aphra's consciousness invade the narrative. Some readers may find the horror too subtle, but the creepy atmosphere is perfection, and patient readers will be rewarded with a dramatic climax.
--Booklist Online
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About Lindsey Barraclough

Lindsey Barraclough is the author of the acclaimed Long Lankin, a companion book to The Mark of Cain. "The story can be read independently of the first," she says, "although it continues the theme of long-ago horrors -- particularly witchcraft and revenge -- seeping unsettlingly into the future." Lindsey Barraclough lives in London with her family.
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263 ratings
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4 38% (99)
3 23% (61)
2 9% (23)
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