Key In The Lock

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‘Echoes of Daphne Du Maurier . . . an intriguing, elegantly constructed gothic mystery’ Sunday Times ‘Intriguing, beguiling and surprising until the very end – I was transfixed’ Claire Fuller ‘The Key in the Lock demands to be devoured whole’ Stacey Halls, author of Mrs England A captivating story of burning secrets and buried shame, and of the loyalty and love that rises from the ashes. ————– ‘I still dream, every night, of Polneath on fire…’By day, Ivy Boscawen mourns the loss of her son Tim in the Great War. But by night she mourns another boy – one whose death decades ago haunts her still. For Ivy is sure that there is more to what happened all those years ago: the fire at the Great House, and the terrible events that came after. A truth she must uncover, if she is ever to be free. A brooding Cornish tale of a grieving mother obsessively unpicking the lies around the death of the child of the man she secretly loves, it’ll also recruit fans of Du Maurier & Waters’ Patrick Gale, author of A Place Called Winter’I was captivated by the characters, the story and the sinuous, seamless plotting’ Sarah Hilary, author of Fragile’This is a novel of true elegance, deftly and satisfyingly plotted. I expect impeccable prose from Beth Underdown but The Key In The Lock is also wise, thoughtful, and profoundly moving A SUNDAY TIMES HISTORICAL FICTION PICK ————– ‘Absorbing, beautifully written . . . Everything I enjoy in a gothic mystery’ Rosie Andrews, author of The Leviathan’ The Key in the Lock is an absolute triumph! Dark, clever and utterly enthralling, this is historical fiction – and storytelling – at its absolute best. I can’t wait to read whatever Beth Underdown writes next’ Elizabeth Macneal, author of The Doll Factory and Circus of Wonders ‘A beautifully observed novel. Intriguing, beguiling and surprising until the very end – I was transfixed and moved by Underdown’s storytelling’ Claire Fuller, author of Unsettled Ground ‘Brilliantly twisty, dripping with mystery and utterly heartbreaking’ Emily Koch, author of Keep Him Close ‘A gothic mystery of the highest order. Chilling, sad, beautiful, and so elegantly conjured, it’s a story that summons du Maurier but retains ghosts all its own. I raced through it, my heart in my mouth. Superb’ Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters ‘The perfect gothic novel’ Stuart Turton ‘Deliciously intriguing from the very first sentence, with shades of du Maurier and Dunmore. I was hooked by this exquisitely written tale of secrets and lies’ Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton ‘Captivating and elegant and undoubtedly a future classic’ Lucie McKnight Hardy, author of Water Shall Refuse Them A brooding Cornish tale of a grieving mother obsessively unpicking the lies around the death of the child of the man she secretly loves, it’ll also recruit fans of Du Maurier & Waters’ Patrick Gale, author of A Place Called Winter’I was captivated by the characters, the story and the sinuous, seamless plotting’ Sarah Hilary, author of Fragile’This is a novel of true elegance, deftly and satisfyingly plotted. I expect impeccable prose from Beth Underdown but The Key In The Lock is also wise, thoughtful, and profoundly moving

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