A magnificent psychological thriller from an award-winning author.
Footsteps in the dusk. Pale hounds howling through the night. Hollow-eyed children pleading for his help.
And, most sinister of all, the return of an old friend, grown more powerful than ever.
Daniel's life is falling apart; then Cora, his beautiful step-sister, disappears. He'll give anything to get her back ... but will he have the courage to face his own demons
Ambergate: 'This is a beautiful, compelling novel.' - Guardian
Murkmere: 'Fraught with fenland mist and magic, this supernatural thriller ... is compassionate and original.' - The Times
Compelling ... a salutary reminder to keep an eye on the children's bookshelves. - SFX magazine
The Ice Boy: 'A remarkable first novel ... here is a writer whom you can trust.' - Armadillo
Elliott is one of [the Fidler Award's] worthiest winners. This atmospheric debut novel [is] heavy on Kleenex - The Glasgow Herald
Patricia Elliott has written nine novels for children and young adults. Her first novel with Hodder, The Ice Boy, won the Fidler Award for a First Novel and was shortlisted for the Branford-Boase among other awards. Her second, Murkmere, was long-listed for the Guardian Fiction Award and she has since been short-listed for many others, including the Calderdale and the Wirral Paperback of the Year.
Her most recent YA is a Victorian Gothic, The Devil in the Corner. Her new MG series, the Connie Carew Mysteries, is set in the Edwardian period: The House of Eyes and The Ship of Spectres.
Patricia was (and is!) a voracious reader and always scribbled stories during a childhood spent overseas. She worked in publishing in London and in bookselling in New York before taking an M.A. in Writing for Children. She has been a tutor at Morley College, London, and in between writing now leads workshops for both adults and children, including Chelsea Young Writers. She is an active member of CWISL (Children's Writers and Illustrators in South London). She is married, with two sons.