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  • Published: 18 January 2022
  • ISBN: 9781784163501
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99

The Whispering House




A dead sister, a dark and rambling house, the mystery of a lost painting: the spellbinding new novel from Elizabeth Brooks, for fans of Rebecca

'Shimmering, lush...will keep you up all night' - Rene Denfeld, author of THE ENCHANTED

'Eerie and addictive' - New York Times

When I think of Byrne Hall - which I do more often than I'd like - it's the dead weight of the heatwave that comes back to me, and the smell of things going rotten.

Freya Lyell is struggling to move on from her sister Stella's suicide five years ago. Visiting the bewitching Byrne Hall, only a few miles from the scene of the tragedy, she discovers a portrait of Stella - a portrait she had no idea existed, in a house Stella never set foot in. Or so she thought.

Driven to find out more about her sister's secrets, Freya is drawn into the world of Byrne Hall and its owners: charismatic artist Cory and his sinister, watchful mother. But as Freya's relationship with Cory crosses the line into obsession, the darkness behind the locked doors of Byrne Hall threatens to spill out.

  • Published: 18 January 2022
  • ISBN: 9781784163501
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Elizabeth Brooks

ELIZABETH BROOKS grew up in Chester, and read Classics at Cambridge. Her debut novel CALL OF THE CURLEW was shortlisted for the Waverton Good Reads award. The setting for her new novel, THE LISTENING HOUSE, is a manor house named Byrne Hall and is inspired by the home of Agatha Christie. It is full of dark corners and old portraits that carry untold stories of their subjects. Elizabeth Brooks lives on the Isle of Man with her husband and children.

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Praise for The Whispering House

Shimmering, lush, with prose that beats at the heart, The Whispering House will keep you up all night

Rene Denfeld, author of THE ENCHANTED

A spellbinding gothic story ...an exquisitely creepy page-turner

Publishers Weekly

A slow-simmering, psychological, gothic novel about grief and longing

Booklist

A gothic romance for the contemporary age

Kirkus Reviews

Captivating. . . . this unsettling story about heartache and yearning is filled with bone-chilling breezes, taunting ghosts and maddening isolation

Shelf Awareness

Eerie and addictive...A chilling, masterly study in all the ways love can lead to misery. Like Wuthering Heights...terrifying yet wholly believable

New York Times

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