The Poisoned House

The Poisoned House

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Abigail is a maidservant in Greave Hall, an elegant London household governed by the tyrannical housekeeper, Mrs Cotton. Whilst the widowed master slips slowly into madness, Mrs Cotton gradually usurps the position of gentlewoman of the house. She wears his dead wife's jewellery and clothes, entertains guests as though the house is her own and reserves her most despotic treatment for Abi. In the dead of night, Abi makes a desperate bid for freedom, but is soon captured and returned to Greave Hall. As Mrs Cotton's malice intensifies, a ghostly presence distracts Abi with clues to a deadly secret. And Abi now realises that she can trust no one in the more

Product details

  • 7+
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 200g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408804506
  • 9781408804506
  • 522,123

Review quote

'An atmospheric scenario shot through with intrigue, lies, greed, mystery and the supernatural ensures that interest never flags ... Presented in quality prose, this is a well crafted novel in the style ... of Wilkie Collins and Susan Hill' School Librarian 'The author paints Abigail's quest for the truth with a brilliant sense of drama. The twists and turns kept me guessing and the ending was a complete surprise' Sunday Expressshow more

About Michael Ford

Michael Ford read English and Classics at Oxford University. He worked in children's non-fiction publishing for several years before becoming an editor of adult fiction in west more