A hugely tense and atmospheric Victorian ghost story, with a deadly
secret at its heart.
Fifteen-year-old Abigail is a maidservant in Greave Hall, an elegant
London household governed by the tyrannical housekeeper, Mrs Cotton.
Whilst the widowed master slips slowly into madness, Mrs Cotton
gradually usurps the position of gentlewoman of the house. She wears
his dead wife's jewellery and clothes, entertains guests as though the
house is her own and reserves her most despotic treatment for Abi.
In the dead of night, Abi makes a desperate bid for freedom, but is
soon captured and returned to Greave Hall. As Mrs Cotton's malice
intensifies, a ghostly presence distracts Abi with clues to a deadly
secret. And Abi now realises that she can trust no one in the house.
About The Author
Michael Ford read English and Classics at Oxford University. He worked in children's non-fiction publishing for several years before becoming an editor of adult fiction in west London.
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