It is 1993 and Thomas Penmarsh has lived in Finisterre, the house by the sea, all his life, sleeping each night in the room with the barred window. He's only 48 but has been an old man since one evening in 1967 when he lost everything he valued. However, now his controlling mother has died and he is master of the house.
When Esmond, his cousin and childhood confidant, comes to live with him, Thomas is overjoyed - Esmond always looks after him. But is Esmond all that he seems? And why is he so concerned that Alice wants to come home too? Darling Alice, whom neither have seen since that fateful night 26 year ago....
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Andrew Taylor is a British crime and historical novelist, winner of the Cartier Diamond Dagger (for lifelong excellence in the genre) and many other awards. His books include the international bestseller, The American Boy (a Richard and Judy selection); the Roth Trilogy (filmed for TV as Fallen Angel); and The Anatomy of Ghosts, shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.
His latest books are the Kindle Single novella, Broken Voices, which is a ghost story; and The Scent of Death, set in eighteenth-century New York City (February 2013).
He lives on the borders of England and Wales. He is the Spectator's crime fiction reviewer.
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