The Woman in the Wood

The Woman in the Wood

A missing teenager. An outcast woman. And a girl determined to find the truth . . . From the Sunday Times bestselling author


Discover the addictive and gripping novel from the bestselling author of Suspects, Lesley Pearse

'A roller-coaster of emotions that made me cry, laugh and be scared. I honestly couldn't stop reading this book' 5***** Reader Review

'Characters it is impossible not to care about . . . this is storytelling at its very best' Daily Mail

'I was sucked into the world of the twins from the first page and found myself holding my breath as the events unfolded' 5***** Reader Review

London, 1960.

Living in the New Forest with their cold-hearted grandmother, twins Maisy and Duncan are neglected and unloved.

So when Duncan fails to come home after exploring the woods, no one - least of all his grandmother - appears to care.

Yet Maisy refuses to give up.

Though she doesn't know the woods well, she knows someone who does. The strange old woman who lives at their heart . . .

Dare Maisy enlist the help of the woman in the wood?

And what will she find if she does?

'A real page-turner, a family story that is multi-layered just as you'd expect from Lesley Pearse, who is deservedly one of the world's favourite story tellers' My Weekly

'A gripping novel' HELLO! Magazine


  • Fifteen-year-old twins Maisy and Duncan Mitcham have always had each other. Until the fateful day in the wood . . .
    from the publisher's description

About the author

Lesley Pearse

International bestselling author Lesley Pearse has lived a life as rich with incidents, setbacks and joys as any found in her novels.

Resourceful, determined and willing to have a go at almost anything, Lesley left home at sixteen. By the mid sixties she was living in London, sharing flats, partying hard and married to a trumpet player in a jazz-rock band. She has also worked as a nanny and a Playboy bunny, and designed and made clothes to sell to boutiques.

It was only after having three daughters that Lesley began to write. The hardships, traumas, close friends and lovers from those early years were inspiration for her beloved novels. She published her first book at forty-nine and has not looked back since.

Lesley is still a party girl.
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