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10th October 2019

Price: £14.99

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781787475878

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‘Alison Littlewood has a real talent for building atmosphere, loaded with the promise of things to come hints of dread with the possibility of hope’ Guardian

Leah thought Maitland Farm could give her a new life – but now old ghosts are dragging her into the past.

Following the tragic deaths of her husband and son, Leah is looking for a new life. Determined to bury her grief in hard work and desperate to escape Christmas and the reminders of what she has lost, she rushes through the purchase of a run-down Yorkshire farmhouse, arriving just as the snow shrouds her new home.

It might look like the loveliest Christmas card, but it’s soon clear it’s not just the house that needs renovation: the land is in bad heart, too. As Leah sets to work, she begins to see visions of the farm’s former occupants and of the dark secrets that lie at the heart of Maitland Farm.

If Leah is to have a future, she must find a way to lay both her own past and theirs to rest but the visions are becoming disturbingly real . . .

‘Alison Littlewood is one of the brightest stars in the horror genre’ This is Horror

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Sunday Times on The Crow Garden
Alison Littlewood's enjoyable excursion into the genre
SciFiNow on The Crow Garden
A great seasonal treat
This chilling slice of ghostly Gothic fiction is the perfect read for the upcoming frosty nights
Sunday People
[A] super spooky blend of murder mystery and old fashioned wintry ghost story
Blue Velvet Books
A beautifully told winter ghost story . . . Mistletoe is a perfect modern Christmas ghost story that never loses sight of the traditions of the season
Stressed Rach
Well written and absolutely brilliant
The Rock'N'Roll Oatcake
A classic ghostly tale, perfect for a winter's night read
To the End of the Word
Its delightful brand of spookiness ensures that, like Dickens' seasonal novels, it can be enjoyed all the year round
KBook Reviews
A wonderful tale of loss, grief, selfishness and life and I would definitely recommend adding this to your winter TBR pile!
Daily Mail
A 19th century Christmas nightmare in this time-slippy tale of loss, lust, grief . . .
The Tattooed Book Geek
A terrific ghost story and one that would make for ideal reading on those cold, dark and lonesome winter nights
Blue Velvet Books
A beautifully told winter ghost story
Stress Rach
A spooky read and I was hooked, I honestly couldn't put it down it was so captivating
For Winter Nights
A bewitching book . . . It's a beautifully written, tender and deeply atmospheric and chilly ghost story and timeslip novel. Mysterious and sad, disturbing and enchanting - it's the perfect read for these longer nights
Mistletoe is an excellent continuation of the Christmas ghost story tradition upheld by the likes of Dickens and M.R. James, with some genuinely unnerving moments . . . Mistletoe is horror as it should be, a classic ghost story for our modern times
Sunday Sport
You'll be feeling pretty darn cold in every sense at the end of this creepy number
Sunday Express S magazine
The snowy landscape of contemporary Yorkshire adds an extra chill to Alison Littlewood's spooky ghost story
Mirror and The People
Super spooky blend of murder mystery and old-fashioned wintry ghost story
Sunday Sport
Sci Fi Bulletin
A haunting tale of love, loss and betrayal. Highly recommended. 9/10
Birmingham SF Group
An excellent piece of story-telling . . . A good read
Her best yet . . . a creepy, page-turning triumph enlivened with excellent folkloric details, beautiful descriptions of winter landscapes and sensitive characterisation
A most unnerving read!
Book Riot
A perfect spooky book to snuggle up with on a frosty night
The Crack
A superior ghost story