My new novel The Quickening is now out in hardback, ebook and audio. It was a labour of love for me writing this gothic thriller. Set in 1925, Louisa Drew is sent to a house to photograph its objects before an auction. There, she is drawn into a web of secrets involving a seance that took place thirty years earlier. As guests gather to recreate the seance, a never-forgotten child makes its presence felt.
There have already been some great reviews. Heat magazine called it ‘a creepy evocative mystery’ and Maxim Jakubowski on Crime Time said it was a ‘compelling fare of antiquarian delights.’
I hope regular readers of Crimepieces enjoy it too!
Here’s the gorgeous cover for The Quickening coming on the 20th August 2020 under the name Rhiannon Ward. My publishers Trapeze have done a fantastic job with the image which reflects the book’s gothic story.
England, 1925. Louisa Drew lost her husband in the First World War and her six-year-old twin sons in the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918. Newly re-married to a war-traumatised husband and seven months pregnant, Louisa is asked by her employer to travel to Clewer Hall in Sussex where she is to photograph the contents of the house for auction.
She learns Clewer Hall was host to an infamous séance in 1896, and that the lady of the house has asked those who gathered back then to come together once more to recreate the evening. When a mysterious child appears on the grounds, Louisa finds herself compelled to investigate and becomes embroiled in the strange happenings of the house. Gradually, she unravels the long-held secrets of the inhabitants and what really happened thirty years before… and discovers her own fate is entwined with that of Clewer Hall’s.
I absolutely loved writing the book which is available for pre-order here.