Michelle Paver


Times Best Book of 2019.
“Something has been let loose…”

In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens: a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets. Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father.

When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened.

Maud's battle has begun. She must survive a world haunted by witchcraft, the age-old legends of her beloved fen — and the even more nightmarish demons of her father's past.

Spanning five centuries, Wakenhyrst is a darkly gothic thriller about murderous obsession and one girl's longing to fly free by the bestselling author of Dark Matter and Thin Air. Wakenhyrst is an outstanding new piece of story-telling, a tale of mystery and imagination laced with terror. It is a masterwork in the modern gothic tradition that ranges from Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker to Neil Gaiman and Sarah Perry.
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    Анастасия Аношкинаhas quoted2 years ago
    Dr Grayson was so close that she could hear him breathing through his whiskers. ‘Mrs Stearne needs rest,’ he said in an undertone. ‘Rest, that’s the ticket. So perhaps – not every night? Eh?’
    ‘Whatever can you mean,’ Father said coldly.
    Анастасия Аношкинаhas quoted2 years ago
    window at the end of the passage she saw her father heading down the front steps with an ice-pick and a hammer.
    She shouted at the boot-boy: ‘Fetch help! The Master’s gone mad!’ Then she raced to the orchard. Too late. Edmund was already kneeling over a corpse.
    The coroner said the first blow was lethal, the ice-pick piercing the eyeball and brain. Let’s hope so, because Edmund chiselled back the scalp, hacked out a chunk of skull and dug around in the

    из окна в конце коридора она увидела отца, спускавшегося по ступенькам с ледорубом и молотком.
    Она кричала на багажнике-мальчик: ‘позвать на помощь! Хозяин сошел с ума! Потом она помчалась в сад. Слишком поздно. Эдмунд уже стоял на коленях над трупом.
    Коронер сказал, что первый удар был смертельным, ледоруб пронзил глазное яблоко и мозг. Будем надеяться, что так, потому что Эдмунд срезал скальп, отрубил кусок черепа и покопался в земле.

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