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Introducing Oxford don Michael Flint and antiques dealer Nell West in the first book in a haunted house thriller series.
A house with a sinister past – and a grisly power.
When Michael Flint is asked by American friends to look over an old Shropshire house they have unexpectedly inherited, he is reluctant to leave the quiet of his Oxford study. But when he sees Charect House, its uncanny echoes from the past fascinate him – even though it has such a sinister reputation that no one has lived there for almost a century. But it’s not until Michael meets the young widow, Nell West, that the menace within the house wakes . . .
"An inventively plotted, goose-bumps-inducing ghost story" - Booklist
"Turns the picked-over bones of the haunted house story into something fresh and frequently terrifying" - Publishers Weekly
"Rayne delivers another intriguing tale of psychological and supernatural suspense, working the contrast between the idyllic English countryside and the dark histories of its inhabitants into a delicious tension. Fans of haunted-house fiction and psychological suspense should particularly enjoy the final twist" - Library Journal
"Rayne spins eerie yarns within yarns like a latter-day Isak Dinesen or Wilkie Collins" - Kirkus Reviews