The secrets of Hartwood Hall


It’s 1852 and Margaret Lennox, a young widow, is offered a position as governess at Hartwood Hall. She quickly accepts, hoping this isolated country house will allow her to leave her past behind. Cut off from the village, Margaret soon starts to feel there’s something odd about her new home, despite her growing fondness for her bright, affectionate pupil, Louis. There are strange figures in the dark, tensions between servants and an abandoned east wing. Even stranger is the local gossip surrounding Mrs Eversham, Louis’s widowed mother, who is deeply distrusted in the village. Margaret finds distraction in a forbidden relationship with the gardener, Paul. But despite his efforts to reassure her, Margaret is certain that everyone here has something to hide. And as Margaret’s own past threatens to catch up with her, she must learn to trust her instincts before it’s too late.

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The mysterious and atmospheric debut novel for fans of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Stacey Halls and Bridget Collins


‘I loved this fresh take on the gothic genre. Vivid, haunting, surprising’ STACEY HALLS, author of Sunday Times bestsellers The Familiars, The Foundling and Mrs England

‘A full-blooded gothic mystery with bite’ Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters


‘Nobody ever goes to Hartwood Hall . . .’

Margaret Lennox is recently widowed and in need of a position.
It must be far from the past that still haunts her.
She finds what appears to be the perfect engagement:
governess to a child in an isolated country house.

Yet from the first, Hartwood Hall is unwelcoming.

Why do the locals eye her employer,
widowed Mrs Evesham, with suspicion?
What is hidden in the abandoned East Wing?
Who are the strangers coming and going under darkness?

Hartwood Hall conceals mysteries, perhaps even danger.

But Margaret bears her own secret.
One she fears more than anything . . .

‘With echoes of Jane Eyre but with a heart of its own’ Susan Stokes-Chapman

‘A delicious Gothic mystery with an unexpected final twist’ Heat

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Weight 0.287 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.5 cm