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The Stranger's Companion: A beautiful island . . . an impossible mystery

Mary Horlock

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True crime, Crime & mystery, Historical fiction

A beguiling historical mystery set on the island of Sark and inspired by a real-life mystery, which remains unsolved to this day.

'A mesmerising historical mystery and tale of suppressed secrets set amid the raw beauty of 1920s and 30s Sark. A brilliantly evoked novel based on a fascinating real case. Delectable' Anna Mazzola, author of The Book of Secrets

October 1933

With a population of five hundred souls, isolated Sark has a reputation for being 'the island where nothing ever happens'. Until, one day, the neatly folded clothes of an unknown man and woman are discovered abandoned at a coastal beauty spot. As the search for the missing couple catches the attention of first the local and then national newspapers, Sark finds itself front-page news.

When young islander Phyllis Carey returns to Sark from England she throws herself into solving the mystery. As Phyll digs through swirls of gossip, ghost stories and dark rumours in search of the truth, she crosses paths with Everard Hyde, a surprise visitor from her past. As press coverage builds to fever pitch, long-suppressed secrets from Phyll's and Everard's shared, shadowy history begin to surface.

The Stranger's Companion is a beguiling historical mystery inspired by a real-life crime, which remains unsolved to this day.

'A stunning setting, a compelling mystery and such a wonderful, distinctive cast of characters. The narrative voice is brilliantly original and I thoroughly enjoyed the wit and spark of the writing. I absolutely loved it' Zoe Somerville, author of The Marsh House

'An atmospheric, haunting story full of evocative, swirling myths. It's a gloriously gripping read that transports you to another place and time' Liz Fenwick, author of The Secret Shore

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Praise for The Stranger's Companion: A beautiful island . . . an impossible mystery

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  • An ingenious debut - Financial Times

  • Acutely observed . . . It is a complex and deeply satisfying novel, and I can scarcely believe it is Horlock's first book - Guardian

  • Horlock has created an authentic adolescent voice and, in the process, not only illuminated the history of a small island but also thrown light on the subjectivity of history, truth and memory - Independent

  • A sizzling debut . . . the end is extraordinary. Guernsey, where the author spent her childhood, is beautifully evoked - The Times

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