There were three people, standing in the darkest place, watching him.
Simon is outraged that his Mum plans to remarry. He can't bear her new fiancé or the way his mother and sister seem to have forgotten his late father. Overwhelmed by hatred and anger he seeks solace in a nearby abandoned water mill. But another, powerful hatred lingers within its walls. And it is about to be unleashed...
Westall's immense talent is evident from the opening line - Simon's anger and unhappiness are tangible, and the Scarecrows' ill-intentions terrifying.
"Powerfully blends an exceptionally chilling drama with a story of insight and compassion about unhappiness"
"Robert Westall is the father of the golden age of children's literature in this century, quite unrivalled in his sharpness of observation and pace of narrative"
"A brooding story about jealousy, hatred, murder and love"
"A hard-hitting book . . . a must-read from this ever popular author"
"Atmospheric, perceptive and brilliant"