A small village harbors big secrets in this spine-tingling novel of mystery and madness from the author of The Doppelgänger Deaths.
When police fail to solve the disappearance of a young man, PI Patrick Haskell is called to investigate. Before he went missing, Reg Coombes, an avid historian, had been researching the existence of so-called “ghost villages”—old, deserted communities. One such village, Witherych, is said to be located close to the isolated hamlet of Marshwood, the location of Coombes’s last-known whereabouts.
On the hunt for answers, Haskell travels undercover to Marshwood, using the alias Patrick Harley. But what begins as a routine investigation soon goes awry as Haskell’s questions are quickly met with the suspicion and hostility from the small community. While the residents of Marshwood instist Coombes returned to London, Haskell is convinced something more sinister is at play. As he digs deeper, Haskell soon discovers that the small-town community is not exactly what they seem . . .
Drawn into a sordid tale of abduction and murder, Haskell realizes he’s only just begun to uncover the twisted secrets of the tiny village.
“A gripping page-turner.” —Robert Foster, bestselling author of The Lunar Code