From the number one bestselling author of SAFE HOUSE comes a story about friendship, family, secrets, lies, and the things we do for love.
When Claire Cooper was eight, her mother disappeared during Hop-tu-naa, the Manx Halloween.
When Claire was eighteen, she and her friends took part in a Hop-tu-naa dare that went terribly wrong.
Now in her early twenties and a police officer, what happened that Hop-tu-naa night has come back to haunt them all, and Claire must confront her deepest fears in order to stop a killer from striking again.
For fans of Stephen King and Harlan Coben, this is I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER meets THE WICKER MAN from one of the country's new generation of thriller writers.
'Ewan has become a master storyteller.' Ann Cleeves
'A rising star of the genre.' Simon Kernick
On the Isle of Man in 2005, friends of 18-year-old Claire Cooper, the narrator of this derivative thriller from Ewan (Safe House), rope her into a reckless act on Hop-tu-naa, as Halloween is known on the island. Claire's friends want to terrify Edward Caine, a creepy older man, who once employed Claire's mother as his personal assistant. They plan to break into his mansion and leave an outward pointing footprint in the ash in front of Caine's fireplace, a sign that someone in his family will soon die. The scheme goes awry, ending in unexpected violence. The consequences of the bloodshed continue through the years until 2014, as the conspirators are picked off one by one. Claire, now a detective constable, insinuates herself into the investigations, crossing many lines in an effort to remain alive and uncover the truth. The plot structure is reminiscent of a score of slasher movies, and Ewan doesn't do enough that's new to dispel associations with those familiar tropes.