From the three million copy bestselling author of Lady of Hay comes the big new novel by the bestselling author of WHISPERS IN THE SAND is a gripping tale of witchcraft and romance, past and present, as her modern-day characters are caught up in a battle that has been raging for hundreds of years.
The parish of Manningtree and Mistley has a dark history. In 1644, with England in the grip of a Puritan government, Matthew Hopkins, Cromwell's Witchfinder General, tortured scores of women there. And today the spirits of Hopkins and his victims haunt the old shop in the High Street, they say.
Emma Dickson has given up her high-flying career, but now she is being driven half-mad by visions of the past and the Witchfinder’s victims. In despair, Emma turns to the local rector for help, but he, too, is in the grip of something inexplicable – something which threatens Emma. And, as the feast of Halloween approaches, Emma is caught up in a struggle that has been raging for centuries. Can she stop the forces unleashed from the past wreaking their devastation in the present?