A child in danger, an isolated house in the depths of winter - and a killer on the loose...
'Don't miss ... guaranteed unputdownable' Observer
Snow-covered fields and moors stretch away on all sides of Herondale House. Despite rumours of an escaped killer on the run, Deborah Lindsay knows that she must control her fear - she has a young charge, 13-year-old prodigy Carreen, to care for.
But the isolated Yorkshire farmhouse already holds the terrible secret of one death - and after an increasing number of sinister 'accidents', Deborah begins to wonder how long it will be before evil strikes again...
'A splendidly romantic first thriller' Times Literary Supplement
Joan Aiken's triumph with this genre is that she does it so much better than others - NEW YORK TIMES
Unusual, enthralling, full of wry fun - SUNDAY TIMES
The British master of supernatural fiction - WASHINGTON POST
Terrifyingly enclosed spine-chiller - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH