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  • The Key in the Lock is an absolute triumph! Dark, clever and utterly enthralling, this is historical fiction - and storytelling - at its absolute best. I can't wait to read whatever Beth Underdown writes next

    Elizabeth Macneal, author of THE DOLL FACTORY and CIRCUS OF WONDERS
  • Underdown's latest is a gothic mystery of the highest order. Chilling, sad, beautiful, and so elegantly conjured, it's a story that summons du Maurier but retains ghosts all its own. I raced through it, my heart in my mouth. Superb

    Emma Stonex, author of THE LAMPLIGHTERS
  • The Key in the Lock is the perfect gothic novel. It has secrets, guilt, brilliant characters, and a grand old house built on a terrible past. An absolute corker

    Stuart Turton, author of THE SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE
  • A beautifully observed novel. Intriguing, beguiling and surprising until the very end - I was transfixed and moved by Underdown's storytelling

    Claire Fuller, author of Unsettled Ground
  • Absorbing, beautifully written . . . Everything I enjoy in a gothic mystery

    Rosie Andrews, author of THE LEVIATHAN
  • This is a novel of true elegance, deftly and satisfyingly plotted. I expect impeccable prose from Beth Underdown but The Key In The Lock is also wise, thoughtful, and profoundly moving

    Imogen Hermes Gowar, author of THE MERMAID AND MR HANCOCK
  • The Key in the Lock will enthral fans of The Witchfinder's Sister. A brooding Cornish tale of a grieving mother obsessively unpicking the lies around the death of the child of the man she secretly loves, it'll also recruit fans of Du Maurier & Waters.

    Patrick Gale, author of NOTES FROM AN EXHIBITION
  • The perfect read for an autumnal weekend. Atmospheric and rich with evocative detail, I found myself in tears by the end

    Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange
  • Deliciously intriguing from the very first sentence, with shades of Du Maurier and Dunmore. I was hooked by this exquisitely written tale of secrets and lies

    Sara Collins, author of THE CONFESSIONS OF FRANNIE LANGTON
  • A smouldering gothic mystery that slowly envelopes you, The Key in the Lock is a novel of repressed desire and well-tended grief - getting to the very heart of the grudges we hold against ourselves

    Joseph Knox, author of TRUE CRIME STORY

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