A chilling ghost story set on Dartmoor for fans of Daphne du Maurier, Susan Hill and Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black.
She comes in the night. She looks into your eyes. One by one, she has taken us all.
For generations they have died young, and now fifteen-year-old Iris and her father are the last of the Villarca line. Confined to their lonely mansion on Dartmoor, they suffer their disease in isolation. But Iris breaks her promise to hide from the world and dares to fall in love.
It is only then that they understand the true horror of the Villarca curse, the curse of the bone-white woman who visits in the night, leaving death in her wake.
'With a ghostly face at the window, inexplicable events and a sense of menace hanging over every page, this is one chilling gothic novel' Daily Mail
With a ghostly face at the window, inexplicable events and a sense of menace hanging over every page, this is one chilling gothic novel - DAILY MAIL
As a meta-examination of the Gothic genre (it's mostly set in the 19th Century) and as a straightforward tale of grisly haunting, Ward's novel is remarkably successful - SPECTATOR
Plenty of twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat - WOMAN & HOME
I raged, wept and hid under the bed covers . . . hauntingly brilliant - Emma Healey author of ELIZABETH IS MISSING
This chilling story drew me in from the first page, and kept me up at night, until I reached the last
RAWBLOOD makes a powerful contribution to the British literature of the fantastic . . . [An] eerie and by turns moving story that spans generations. It filled my head for several evenings, and will linger there too . . . A definite book of the year for me
Chillingly good - SUNDAY EXPRESS S MAGAZINE
CATRIONA WARD was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the United States, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen, and Morocco. She read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA from the University of East Anglia. Her debut novel, Rawblood (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2015) won Best Horror Novel at the 2016 British Fantasy Awards, was shortlisted for the Author's Club Best First Novel Award and was selected as a Winter 2016 Fresh Talent title by WHSmith. Rawblood is published in the US and Canada as The Girl from Rawblood (Sourcebooks, 2017). She works for a human rights foundation and lives in London.