Two brothers, Michael and Stephen MacIntyre, together with their sister Sarah and the local vicar Tom Aubrey, uncover a deadly secret buried near their village. But time is short: can they prevent the awakening of an ancient evil before its powers corrupt them for ever?
Jonathan Stroud writes like a seasoned veteran with a voice all his own, and tells a cracking story that races to a strong climax
An atmospheric and gripping debut
An impressive debut
A well-written, intensely imagined first novel