Clare Mallory has a Victorian mourning locket with the photograph of a girl and a curl of her hair. When Clare loses the locket in a fortune-teller’s tent her quest to find it draws her into a dark episode of the family’s past and the true circumstances of the girl’s untimely death at Danby Hall, her Norfolk home.
The locket has been taken by the fortune-teller herself, sensing a troubled history and danger ahead. But her attempts to understand the warning signs release forces long held at bay. Events of the past seep into the present until the reappearance of a man who vanished from Danby Hall in 1887 threatens not only her life but Clare’s too.
“Draws the reader in immediately and has all the elements of an intriguing mystery. In short, a page-turner. The heroine, Clare, is engaging and Madame Pavonia a suitably exotic yet credibly mundane fortune teller, and throughout there is a nice balance of the chillingly supernatural with a sharply observed contemporary England peopled by vividly painted characters…some lovely idiosyncratic touches and descriptions.” Shena Mackay