When Great War veteran Laurence Bartram arrives in Easton Deadall, he is struck by the beauty of the place: a crumbling manor, a venerable church, and a memorial to the village's soldiers, almost all of whom died in one bloody battle. Now peace prevails, but Easton Deadall remains haunted by tragedy - as does the Easton family.
In 1911, five-year-old Kitty disappeared from her bed and has not been seen in thirteen years; only her fragile mother still believes she is alive. While Laurence is a guest of the manor, a maid vanishes in a sinister echo of Kitty's disappearance. And when a body is discovered in the manor's ancient church, Laurence is drawn into the grounds' forgotten places, where deadly secrets lie in wait.
"Intriguing....The intelligent depiction of the many wounds of war, suffered not only in the trenches but also on the home front, resonates." (Publishers Weekly)
"Speller's writing is gorgeous." (Kate Saunders, The Times, London)
"Dispassionate yet gradually beguiling, with a sympathetic, vulnerable hero." (The Independent)
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