A truly terrifying horror tale from multi-award-winning author Anne Fine.
'The devil walks . . . But the devil can make no headway if he has no help. We must invite him in . . .'
Raised in secrecy by a mother everyone thinks has gone mad, Daniel's only link to his past is the intricately built model of the family home - High Gates. The dolls' house is perfect in every detail.
As Daniel is reunited with the last remaining member of his family - his 'uncle' Severin, who bears an uncanny resemblance to a sinister wooden doll he has found hidden in the house, he begins to suspect that this vicious, haunted puppet of a figure has a chilling influence, bringing cruelty and spite in its wake.
Now Daniel's very life is at risk as his uncle is determined to get his hands on the figure . . .
The menace builds throughout in this deliciously creepy Gothic tale.
“Anne Fine is right on top form in The Devil Walks, a page-turning sinister tale where the tension mounts to the very end . . . Now read on! A splendid child's introduction to the gothic”
Marilyn Brocklehurst, The Bookseller
“A superb and subtle writer . . . a joyful marriage of style and content . . . The Devil Walks is immediately a classic in its own right”
Mal Peet, Guardian
“It is a pitch-perfect Gothic thriller”
“Recommended, but not for a dark and stormy night”
“Crackling with suspense, The Devil Walks is a dense psychological thriller set in a richly imagined past. Moody and unsettling, it is filled with intrigue and uncertainty to keep the readers guessing until the last page”
Jake Hope, The Bookseller
“There's a real Turn of the Screw feel to this absorbing ghost tale, a genuine Gothic spinechiller and beautifully told”
Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
“Chilling, creepy and utterly compelling . . . Fine creates a wonderful sense of place and the devilish captain Severin will haunt your psyche”
Vanessa Lewis, The Bookseller