The Shadowing

The Shadowing

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When well-to-do Hester learns of her sister Mercy's death at a Nottinghamshire workhouse, she travels to Southwell to find out how her sister ended up at such a place.

Haunted by her sister's ghost, Hester sets out to uncover the truth, when the official story reported by the workhouse master proves to be untrue. Mercy was pregnant - both her and the baby are said to be dead of cholera, but the workhouse hasn't had an outbreak for years.

Hester discovers a strange trend in the workhouse of children going missing. One woman tells her about the Pale Lady, a ghostly figure that steals babies in the night. Is this lady a myth or is something more sinister afoot at the Southwell poorhouse?

As Hester investigates, she uncovers a conspiracy, one that someone is determined to keep a secret, no matter the cost...
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 162 x 236 x 34mm | 540g
  • Trapeze
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1409192210
  • 9781409192213
  • 65,918

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A creepy, evocative mystery * Heat * An historical novel dripping with menace, featuring a sympathetic heroine, seances, and family secrets-there's so much to love about The Quickening! * Shari Lapena, author of The End of Her * If you like gothic mystery, buckle up! This atmospheric read has it all * Woman magazine * Utterly brilliant... full of secrets and deliciously creepy, I raced through it * Lisa Hall, author of The Perfect Couple * A spooky treat, which had me turning the pages faster and faster * Cass Green, author of In a Cottage in a Wood * A powerful, spine-tingling, beautifully written gothic mystery full of real, complex characters, smart, dark twists and utterly immersive historical detail * Hayley Webster * It's twisty and atmospheric, seriously creepy, and has an inspiring central character I was rooting for * Cressida McLaughlin *
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About Rhiannon Ward

Rhiannon Ward is the pseudonym for Sarah Ward, the bestselling and critically acclaimed crime author. Sarah has a masters degree in Religious History and has long been fascinated by the long tradition of spiritualism in England and is a member of the Institute of Psychical Research. Sarah is also a crime reviewer and book blogger at Crime Pieces.
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35 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
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4 57% (20)
3 11% (4)
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