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'The word-of-mouth success of lockdown . . . riveting, twisty, page-turning stuff' Guardian

'The page turner you've been looking for. Sly, witty and gripping . . . I devoured it' Naomi Alderman
'An utter joy . . . wonderfully skilled' Sarah Perry
'Tender, creepy and gripping' Sunday Times
'Spellbinding and spooky . . . a dazzling high wire act, superbly absorbing' Sunday Mirror

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 is 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.

'Enthralling . . . creepy and compelling' The Times
'Deliciously dark' Alexandra Shulman
'A gorgeously satisfying triumph' Lucy Mangan
'A rare thing . . . simply stunning' Daily Express
'I was gripped . . . highly original' Alex Clark
'Creepy, suspenseful' Independent
'One of the most intriguing narrators since Notes on a Scandal' Sara Collins
'Grown-up and cleverly written . . . a dizzying sense of uncertainty' Literary Review
'Keeps you guessing . . . a real sense of menace' Good Housekeeping
'Immensely satisfying' Cara Hunter
'Clever and creepy' Erin Kelly
'Wholly beguiling' Mick Herron
'Highly recommended' Louise Candlish
'Highly intelligent' Sarah Vaughan
'Sublime' Jo Spain
'Simply brilliant!' JP Delaney
'Darkly atmospheric' Jane Fallon

Crime & Thrillers
February 1

Customer Reviews

Tractorhobbit ,

Magpie Lane

Beautifully compelling. I read this in two days. It’s easy to read and very well written. The narrative weaves between characters and timelines but it told from the point of view of Dee. I was unsure if I liked any of the characters to start with- they’re all flawed but very real. I really enjoyed this story and highly recommend.

DaniBookLover ,

So boring

Nothing happens in this story, I am actually quite frustrated because I’ve finished the book, waiting for some sort of twist that never came. Boring, annoying and one dimensional main character, and equally dislikable and bland side characters. A total miss for me.

Shets ,


Too long winded to get to a conclusion and when you did finally get there it was just a bit dull

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