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In Robert Goddard’s haunting mystery a strange house links past and present, a murder, a political scandal and an unexplained tragedy.

Recovering from the recent death of his wife in a cliff fall, Tony Sheridan goes to stay with her sister and her husband at their house in Rutland. The house, called Otherways, is in some senses a character in the story: a strange, circular, moted construction dating from Edwardian times.

Disturbed by memories of his wife and a growing attraction to her sister, and troubled by vivid dreams, Sheridan learns that a murder committed at the house in 1939 still has resonances for those living in the neighbourhood, including the sister of the murdered woman.

There is a scandal surrounding the murderer’s brother, and enough hints of other mysteries to forewarn Sheridan of impending disaster as he embarks on a secret affair. But that disaster is far worse than a friendship betrayed. Its nature is revealed by the ghosts that have haunted Otherways over the years - of whom he comes to fear that he may be one himself.

Reviews

'Without a doubt one of his best...a heady blend of mystery and adventure, further spiced up with a judicious sprinkling of the supernatural'

Oxford Times

'A series of twists bursting into a surprising and convincing climax'

Daily Telegraph

'A fascinating tale of suspicion and treachery...head and shoulders above his competitors'

Yorkshire Post

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    9780552164160

    June 1, 2011

    Corgi

    384 pages

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    9781407068398

    July 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

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