“A triumph in modern Gothic fiction – hard hitting, dark and powerful.”
From the author of the bestselling Psychic Surveys series, comes a brand-new series of STANDALONE novels, set in and around the WORLD’S MOST HAUNTED PLACES and BLENDING FACT WITH FICTION. In Book Three discover Highgate, perhaps the most famous cemetery in the world, renowned for its Victorian Gothic splendour, famous residents, its vampire and, of course, ghosts… NB: With sometimes harrowing scenes, this is her darkest novel yet and not for the faint-hearted!
Lucy Klein, 42, is not only obsessed with Highgate, she works there too, organising tours for those with an interest in some of the finest Victorian funerary architecture in existence. Single, and on the shy side, she is nonetheless content with her life, or so she thinks. When she meets the enigmatic Zak Harborne, she realises what she’s been missing and quickly falls in love. He’s everything she’s ever wanted…isn’t he?
1972, and Emma Matthews, a 19-year-old history student, also feels as though she’s on the outside. After visiting a derelict Highgate with a group of friends, she starts to feel a connection, a sense of meaning to her life, in amongst the tombstones, the crosses and the angels. Returning to Highgate over and over, she discovers both a paradise and a garden decidedly more savage.
Grace Derby is just 11 when she encounters the gentleman, tall and with a tall hat, a long black coat and a cape about his shoulders. It is the 1850s and street urchins such as her are not accustomed to kindness from those belonging to the upper echelons. Proffering money for food, for her and her family, he asks nothing in return. Curious about the man with the kind blue eyes, she follows him one day… all the way to Highgate.
For some, it seems, all roads lead to Highgate…
The three women in this story are all connected to Highgate Cemetery. Their ghosts probably haunting it still.
Three very different women, on the surface at least.
But underneath it all, I felt something that they all shared.
Quite poetic really, that there should be a triple timeline for the last heartbreakingly real, last book in the trilogy.
This story is deliciously dark, spanning nearly two hundred years and centres around Highgate Cemetery.
A fascinating Gothic burial place.
The closing scenes broke my heart, but in a good way and was the perfect ending. As was the poem by Christina Rossetti, someone who worked so hard for all those unfortunate souls who had passed away, leaving no record of their passing.
I have visited Highgate Cemetery and clearly felt the presence of the dead when I walked its lonely pathways, and as I read each haunting chapter of this stunning story, I remembered the chill of the place, even on a sunny day…