• Gripping. Reads like the best kind of mystery story. It is a tale of mistresses and heirlooms, cowardice and connivance

    Sunday Times
  • 'Astonishing, jaw-dropping, superb. Horrifying, extraordinary

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Extraordinary, edge-of-the-seat, enthralling. All the ingredients of a lurid horror. The plot is thick with destroyed documents, decadent aristocracy, betrayed honour and curses

  • Compelling. A remarkable piece of research which throws a bright shaft of light on powerful people, hypocrisy and the first world war

    Jeremy Paxman, Guardian, Books of the Year
  • Wonderful . . . has everything: family intrigue and hatred, love and war, witches' curses, eccentricity, snobbery and a series of shocking secrets. No reader can finish it unmoved

    Sunday Express
  • Teems with hypocrisy, deceit, parental manipulation and bullying. Bailey artfully shows how guilt, grief, pride and shame levied a heavy toll

    Literary Review
  • An extraordinary detective operation

    John Julius Norwich
  • Excellent, beautifully crafted, fascinating

  • Excellent. A fine, suspenseful, atmospheric tale, a less melodramatic and more nuanced Downton Abbey

    Daily Express
  • Bailey's fascinating book takes us to the heart of a family tragedy ... this is a horrifying story of love, despair, intrigue, snobbery and upper class eccentricity which reads like fiction but is amazingly - and shockingly - real

    Lancashire Evening Post

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