The Secrets of Pain

The Secrets of Pain

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With the framework of her own world beginning to crack, Merrily must venture into areas of mystery and menace; the secrets of the border's pagan past...

'Ancient history, violent deaths, feuds, intrigues and murder. A most original sleuth.' - The Times

'What I remember most was the sound of his breath. A hollow sound, as though he was drawing breath from somewhere else. Afterwards, he just said goodnight. I don't think he even remembered my name.'

Hereford is home to the elite warriors of the SAS. The place where their secrets are hidden . . . secrets that go well beyond pain and can wreck marriages and private lives. When Merrily Watkins loses a friend in the regiment, she's drawn into a place where no woman is welcome, to investigate profound mysteries linked to the area's brutal pagan past.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 35mm | 407g
  • Corvus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1848872755
  • 9781848872752
  • 169,989

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A labyrinthine plot and a fascinating portrayal of the quagmire of ancient grudges and shifting allegiances of a close-knit community make this an absorbing and thought-provoking page-turner. * Guardian * Wonderfully original. * Daily Telegraph * Spine-tingling . . . this is Rickman at his very best. Makes the supernatural all too believable. * Daily Mail *
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About Phil Rickman

Phil Rickman lives on the Welsh border where he writes and presents the book programme Phil the Shelf on BBC Radio Wales. He is the acclaimed author of The Heresy of Dr Dee, The Bones of Avalon, Midwinter of the Spirit (now a major ITV series), the Merrily Watkins series and the John Dee Papers. Visit his website at:
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2 2% (25)
1 1% (17)
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