When it comes to autumn walks, I like my woods tranquil and beautiful, full of gold-flecked leaves and conkers and pine cones. When it comes to books though, I like my woods creepy as they come . . . which is why I just adore the second psychological thriller from the phenomenally talented Vanessa Savage.
What everyone – critics and readers alike – has been struck by in Vanessa’s writing is the quality of her description. She has a rare magical gift for conjuring a place in such detail that you really feel you’re there. In this case, it’s a very sinister wood in the Welsh countryside. Tess, the protagonist, is fascinated by this wood as a child. For her, it holds the key to her older sister Bella’s new world – a world of boys and alcohol and grown up things Tess fears and longs for at the same time. But after the terrible events that happen there one summer, Tess spends her adulthood desperately trying to escape her past and those woods. Until a family disaster forces her back to confront the ghosts lurking in those trees . . .
'Highly recommended' Nuala Ellwood
'Tense and creepy . . . brilliant' Harriet Tyce
'Hooks readers in and keeps them dangling will the very last page' Daily Mail
'Without a doubt the best book I've read this year' Reader Review *****
'Spine-chilling in its intensity, addictive and twisty, this was quite simply an AMAZING read' Reader Review *****
'Utterly addictive and impossible to second guess' Claire Douglas
'Dark and thoroughly compulsive, a definite up-all-nighter' Kate Hamer
'Extremely sinister . . . had me frantically turning the pages' Reader Review *****
'I literally could not put it down' Reader Review *****
'Taut, tense and brilliantly gripping' Simon Lelic
'Immersive and eerie' Heat
For Tess, her older sister Bella is her whole world.
She's smart and beautiful and popular - everything Tess isn't - and since the death of their mother it's just been them and their grieving father.
But now a new family has moved into the empty house on the edge of the woods, bringing with them a world of boys and alcohol, and Tess can feel her sister slipping away from her. Until the bodies of two local schoolgirls are found in the woods, and Tess is convinced that this new family has something to hide.
As events threaten to destroy everything they hold dear, Bella and Tess determine to bring the truth to light.
So the two girls go into the woods . . .