This stunning debut novel is a gripping read laced with mystery, secrets and love - perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Tracy Chevalier and Sarah Waters.
There are secrets hiding between the walls at Castaway House . . .
Robert Carver escapes to the glamorous Castaway House to spend a summer in the company of his much wealthier cousin, Alec Bray.
But appearances can be deceiving, and the Brays are a damaged family, with even more damaging secrets. And little does Robert know that his world is about to change for ever. . .
Rosie Churchill has run away from home and everything she knows to stay at the rundown Castaway House.
But when she begins to discover a long-buried scandal she soon comes to realise that neither her own troubled past nor that of the house will stay secret for long. . .
As Rosie begins to learn more about Robert, the further she is drawn into the mysterious history of the house, and their stories, old and new, entwine.
'An incredibly intricate story and wonderfully well written' 5* reader review
'A gripping read with finely wrought characters and lots of rich detail and colour' 5* reader review
'I became totally immersed' 5* reader review
Castaway House, a mansion by the sea in Helmstone, England, provides the setting for Lam's fitfully entertaining first novel. In 1965, 18-year-old Rosie Churchill has left home for the decrepit mansion, where she lives in poverty in the company of various people with their own agendas. She has a personal secret related to her curiosity about the former residents, one of whom was Robert Carver, a poor cousin of the wealthy Alexander Bray. In the summer of 1924, Robert accepts Alexander's invitation to spend the summer at luxurious Castaway House. Despite his riches, Alexander is chronically short of funds. Nor is he in harmony with his greedy and seductive wife. The title pays homage to Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Affair at Styles, but the only connection appears that they are both debuts. Those expecting a Poirot figure, or characters that the reader can truly care about, will be disappointed.