A powerful and shocking new chiller from a master storyteller.
Martha is twelve - and very different from other kids, because of her parents. Strict members of a religious group - the Brethren - their rules dominate Martha's life. And one rule is the most important of all: she must never ever invite anyone home. If she does, their shameful secret - Abomination - could be revealed. But as Martha makes her first real friend in Scott, a new boy at school, she begins to wonder. Is she doing the right thing by helping to keep Abomination a secret? And just how far will her parents go to prevent the truth from being known?
“Robert Swindells writes the kinds of books that are so scary you're afraid to turn the page”
“Plots which grip the reader from the opening paragraph”
The Sunday Times
“A dark compelling story of religious intolerance and persecution... often chilling, yet ultimately uplifting... totally convincing... Absolutely unmissable for ages ll/l2+”
“A tense read”
The Children's Bookseller
“Powerful, compassionate and original.”
Bournemouth Daily Echo
“This is a story that succeeds on many levels...I like this book, and I think it will appeal to a lot of other people too.”
Cork Evening Echo
“A taut and thrilling novel from a master of the unpredictable”
The Daily Telegraph