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Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781409192244

Price: £19.99

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

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…

Reviews

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