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The Hidden People

Alison Littlewood

7 Reviews

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Fiction, Crime & mystery, Historical mysteries, Horror & ghost stories, Fantasy, Folklore, myths & legends

The bestselling author of Richard and Judy Book Club hit THE COLD SEASON returns with a chilling mystery - where superstition and myth bleed into real life with tragic consequences . . .

Pretty Lizzie Higgs is gone, burned to death on her own hearth - but was she really a changeling, as her husband insists? Albie Mirralls met his cousin only once, in 1851, within the grand glass arches of the Crystal Palace, but unable to countenance the rumours that surround her murder, he leaves his young wife in London and travels to Halfoak, a village steeped in superstition.

Albie begins to look into Lizzie's death, but in this place where the old tales hold sway and the 'Hidden People' supposedly roam, answers are slippery and further tragedy is just half-a-step away . . .

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Praise for The Hidden People

  • There's an amazing sense of place and time in this novel, as Littlewood perfectly captures the literary style, attitudes, and class consciousness of Victorian England - Publishers Weekly

  • A sense of tension makes The Hidden People deeply uneasy reading, and it's to Littlewood's credit that she sustains this uncertainty so cleverly, without landing on one explanation or the other till the whole of her tremendous tale is told . . . As mesmerising as it is magical, and as quickening as it is at times sickening, The Hidden People is, at the last, an excellent successor to Littlewood's darkly-sparkling debut - Tor.com

  • Suitably strange with a twist - Kirkus Reviews

  • A skilful blend of the supernatural and the psychological . . . If you enjoyed Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke and the Woman in Black by Susan Hill, this is one for you - Mature Times

  • This is an intriguing and unsettling scenario. Littlewood's descriptions are picturesque and her prose convincingly dated and beautifully lyrical - Sunday Express

  • Hypnotic and intelligent with buckets of atmosphere . . . Littlewood expertly weaves t

  • Littlewood does a great job writing in a quasi-Victorian manner throughout and the twist is brilliant - Daily Mail

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