Roaming through Oxford's secret passages and hidden graveyards, MAGPIE LANE explores the true meaning of family - and what it is to be denied one.
'Clever and creepy' Erin Kelly
'Beguiling' Mick Herron
'Highly intelligent' Sarah Vaughan
'Sublime' Jo Spain
'Different' Sabine Durrant
'Chilling' Kate Hamer
'Immensely satisfying' Cara Hunter
'Simply brilliant!' JP Delaney
'Twisted' Amanda Jennings
'Superb' Will Dean
When the eight-year-old daughter of an Oxford College Master vanishes in the middle of the night, police turn to the Scottish nanny, Dee, for answers.
As Dee looks back over her time in the Master's Lodging - an eerie and ancient house - a picture of a high achieving but dysfunctional family emerges: Nick, the fiercely intelligent and powerful father; his beautiful Danish wife Mariah, pregnant with their child; and the lost little girl, Felicity, almost mute, seeing ghosts, grieving her dead mother.
But is Dee telling the whole story? Is her growing friendship with the eccentric house historian, Linklater, any cause for concern? And most of all, why was Felicity silent?
Roaming Oxford's secret passages and hidden graveyards, MAGPIE LANE explores the true meaning of family - and what it is to be denied one.
'Full of hidden chambers, and some of them are haunted . . . part thriller, part love story, wholly beguiling. I was glued to every page' - Mick Herron
'Lucy Atkins excels at creating highly intelligent, slightly eccentric outsiders. I was completely immersed . . . and preoccupied, and appalled, by such credible characters. I loved it!' - Sarah Vaughan
'The most sublime book I've read since Apple Tree Yard . . . masterful writing from an experienced hand. I'll be gushing about this for a while' - Jo Spain
'So clever and different. I raced through for the reveal but also the spookiness, the characters and the wonderful love story' - Sabine Durrant
'A brilliant feat - a creepy, chilling, page-turning tale that also made me laugh out loud. I can think of no other writer who pulls that off' - Kate Hamer
'Intricate, intelligent, and immensely satisfying, and with a deliciously spooky edge. It really is first-class Oxford intrigue' - Cara Hunter
'That rare thing: a thriller that warms your heart even as it chills your spine. I adored it on so many levels - the page-turning tension, the emotional depth of the central relationship. Simply brilliant!' - JP Delaney
'Dark, twisted, and gloriously rich, and I loved every word' - Amanda Jennings
Lucy Atkins is an award-winning author, feature journalist and Sunday Times book critic. She has written for newspapers including the Guardian, The Times, the Sunday Times and the Telegraph as well as many UK magazines. She teaches on the Masters in Creative Writing at Oxford University.