The best-selling author of Richard & Judy Book Club hit The Cold Season returns with a chilling mystery where superstition and myth bleed into real life with tragic consequences.
Pretty Lizzie Higgs is gone, burned to death on her own hearth - but was she really a changeling, as her husband insists?
Albie Mirralls met his cousin only once, in 1851, within the grand glass arches of the Crystal Palace. But unable to countenance the rumours that surround her murder, he leaves his young wife in London and travels to Halfoak, a village steeped in superstition.
Albie begins to look into Lizzie's death, but in this place where the old tales hold sway and the Hidden People supposedly roam, answers are slippery, and further tragedy is just a step away.
"This is an intriguing and unsettling scenario. Littlewood's descriptions are picturesque and her prose convincingly dated and beautifully lyrical." (Sunday Express)
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Great book, terrible narration and production
A different narrator would have made the story much easier to follow. The regional accent was dreadful. He placed emphasis on the wrong words and completely spoiled the flow of the story.
The start of the story was quite good but I felt it never lived up to the early promise. I thought that the story was OK but could have been better.
His voice was breathy and grated on the nerves. He was poor at accents. To be honest, he spoiled the story for me and I had to force myself to listen to the end.
I am not sure that any of the characters could have been cut from The Hidden People.