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Elizabeth Speller - The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton

The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton

When former infantry officer Laurence Bartram is called to the small village of Easton Deadall, he is struck by the beauty of the place: a neglected stately home; a centuries-old church; and a recently planted maze, a memorial to the men of the village, almost all of whom died in one heroic battle in 1917.

But it soon becomes clear to Laurence that while the rest of the country is alight with hope for the first time since the end of the war, as the first Labour government takes power, the Wiltshire village is haunted by it’s tragic past. In 1911 five-year-old Kitty Easton disappeared from her bed and has not been seen since: only her fragile mother believes she is still alive. When things take an increasingly sinister turn after a family trip to the British Empire Exhibition in London, Laurence struggles with the idea that the fate of the house, the men and of Kitty herself may be part of a much longer, darker story of love, betrayal – and violence.

“Speller’s writing is gorgeous” – Kate Saunders, The Times
“Outstanding” – Financial Times