How do you begin to move on, if the past won’t let you go?
When Grace’s husband, Adam, inherits a cottage on the isolated North Yorkshire moors, they leave London behind to try a new life. However, a week later, Adam vanishes, leaving their baby daughter on the doorstep.
The following year, Grace returns to the tiny village of Roseby. She is desperate for answers, but it seems the slumbering village is unwilling to give up its secrets. As Grace learns more about the locals and the area’s superstitions and folklore, strange dreams begin to trouble her. Are the villagers hiding something, or is she becoming increasingly paranoid? Only as snowfall threatens to cut them off from the rest of the world does Grace begin to understand how close the threat lies, and that she and her daughter may be in terrible danger if she cannot get them away in time.
Praise for Beneath the Shadows
'Something for everyone: mystery, romance and mortal danger' Kirkus Reviews
'Sara Foster overtly appropriates the tone, atmosphere and themes of classics from Wuthering Heights to Rebecca, delivering a modern gothic that has the charm and suspense of Susan Hill's ghost stories.'―Saturday Age
'Sara Foster slowly unravels the mystery in this highly engaging thriller… Secrets Grace uncovers in the cellar, not to mention the ghostly antics of the grandfather clock, further enhance this very readable novel's Gothic flavour' ―Canberra Times
'Loss, grief, abandonment, and search for truth are dark themes woven through Beneath the Shadows. Combining elements of mystery, psychological thriller, romance, and ghost story, the novel leaves readers guessing until the very end.―West Australian
'As winter snows start to cut them off from the world, Grace finds the answers lie in unsuspected places. Heart-stopping moments are ahead for her… and us.” ―Women's Day
“If you’ve ever fantasised about leaving all the chaos of the city behind and opting for a more peaceful existence in a small town, you might think again after reading Beneath the Shadows… Full of intrigue and wonderfully dark descriptions of ghosts that haunt the moors.―Good Reading Magazine
The North Yorkshire moors provide the atmospheric backdrop for Australian author Foster's otherwise unremarkable debut, a suspense thriller. One day after Londoner Adam Lockwood moves with his family into Hawthorn Cottage, a house he inherits in the village of Roseby, he disappears after taking a walk with his baby daughter, Millie. The police suspect that he's abandoned his family, but his wife, Grace, is convinced that Adam would never have left willingly. After spending a year with her parents in France, Grace returns to Roseby in search of answers. The tight-knit community makes little effort to welcome her, though the town matriarch, Meredith Blakeney, is unusually interested in Hawthorn Cottage. Grace strikes up a friendship with Ben, another apparent outcast in Roseby, who offers to help her with renovations, while she sifts through years of secrets squirreled away in the cottage and the village itself. Foster nicely evokes the isolation of the moors, but the less than surprising reveal behind Adam's vanishing act fails to satisfy.