From the best-selling author of Pirates! Number three in the American Library Association Teen's Top 10 2004.A gripping supernatural thriller from acclaimed author Celia Rees.Finn's not at all sure about the Salt House. Overlooking Westwater Bay, it brings back all her nightmare fears of drowning, of the ghosts of the dead reaching for her....And Westwater is dangerous. Countless seafarers have drowned here, their ships lost - broken on the vicious Viper Rocks; lured by the wrecker's false lights, summoned by the dark enchantments of cunning men - masters of storms and tides...or so the legends say.More
Celia Rees’ mastery of setting and suspense is showcased in The Cunning Man, a riveting supernatural tale.
Given a bell-clear, emphatic performance by Shirley Barthelmie, Rees’ YA novel stars Finn, who has been haunted by nightmares since moving to a seaside cottage. She meets a friendly local, Mike, and soon learns that the cottage is cursed and wonders whether an angry character named Mr. Griffiths is involved.
Barthelmie tells the story in brisk, tension-filled performance, and adopts a Cornish accent when portraying some of the characters Finn encounters.
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