"In this atmospheric novel, Cavendish tells what happens when tour guides go from telling dark and haunting stories to becoming the haunted ones drawn into the story." - Publishers Weekly
Ghosts have always walked there. Now they’re not alone…
In the depths of Edinburgh, an evil presence is released. Hannah and her colleagues are tour guides who lead their visitors along the spooky, derelict Henderson Close, thrilling them with tales of spectres and murder. For Hannah it is her dream job, but not for long. Who is the mysterious figure that disappears around a corner? What is happening in the old print shop? And who is the little girl with no face?
The legends of Henderson Close are becoming all too real. The Auld De’il is out – and even the spirits are afraid.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
In this atmospheric novel, Cavendish (The Demons of Cambian Street) tells what happens when tour guides go from telling dark and haunting stories to becoming the haunted ones drawn into the story. Hannah relocates to Edinburgh after her grown daughter moves away and her husband leaves her, and she finds her dream job as a tour guide at Henderson Close, a once-thriving neighborhood that's now buried underground. The Close is rumored to be haunted by Miss Carmichael, a woman who was murdered. Soon after Hannah arrives, she starts seeing historical figures and even appears to temporarily slip back in time to when the town thrived. When she confides in fellow tour guides Mairead and George, they admit they see things too. After Mairead goes missing, Hannah and George delve deeper into the story and find increasing evidence that the three of them are somehow connected to the murder of Miss Carmichael. Although the ending is unsatisfying, this creepy and mysterious story is still worth reading.