The Beloved Girls
‘A gorgeous epic . . . Wholly absorbing. I adored it’ MARIAN KEYES
Two young girls. One hot, long, sultry summer. And a rambling old English manor house where nothing is as it seems . . .
‘This sweeping, absorbing story is a treat’ ADELE PARKS
‘A compelling story of female friendship, dark secrets and family bonds that pulls you in and won’t let go’ ROSANNA LEY
‘If you love atmospheric stories about old houses, families and secrets, this is for you’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
‘A gorgeous story to get immersed in’ Prima
A successful London barrister, Catherine Christophe, goes missing the day before her wedding anniversary. The clue to her disappearance, it seems, lies buried thirty years in the past.
Somerset, 1989. Janey Lestrange arrives to stay for the summer at the grand old house of the Hunter family. But something is wrong behind the beautiful façades of Vanes. Janey’s childhood friend, Kitty Hunter, her brother and their eccentric parents – once so welcoming – do not seem to want her there.
It is only as the night of an ancient and mysterious family ritual looms closer that Janey comes to realise they need her . . .
Decades later, the tragic events of that unforgettable summer still cast the darkest shadow. Can the truth about what happened that night ever be brought into the light?
‘Bewitching, beguiling and utterly beautiful, The Beloved Girls will pull you into their mysterious and enchanted world and never let you go. With a cast of compelling characters and a labyrinthine plot, it’s a page-turner of the most luxurious kind – a real escape.’ VERONICA HENRY
Compelling, immersive and luxurious, THE BELOVED GIRLS is the outstanding new novel from the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of The Garden of Lost and Found and The Wildflowers
'A gorgeous epic . . . Wholly absorbing. I adored it!'
'This sweeping, absorbing story is a treat'
'Bewitching, beguiling and utterly beautiful, The Beloved Girls will pull you into their mysterious and enchanted world and never let you go. With a cast of compelling characters and a labyrinthine plot, it's a page-turner of the most luxurious kind - a real escape'
PRAISE FOR THE BELOVED GIRLS:
PRAISE FOR HARRIET EVANS:
'Comfort reading of the highest order'
'A sweeping novel you won't put down'
'Richly layered . . . Unforgettable . . . This is a story to get truly lost in'
'She reels you in and then you're hooked, right to the last page'
'Atmospheric and altogether wonderful'
'I love it on so many levels, the immense feeling of place, the slow, irresistible sense of being drawn deep into the family and its story, and the strange hovering of menace somewhere in the idyll. Wonderful'
'A poignant story of love and loss'
'I can't remember the last time I was so enthralled'
'Epic, absorbing ... Full of intrigue and emotion'
'By turns painfully sad and heart-lifting, with characters that stay with you'
'Authentic and satisfying. An immersive mystery'
'A poignant tale'
'A gorgeous story to get immersed in'
'A thumping good read . . . Completely absorbing'
'A compelling story of female friendship, dark secrets and family bonds that pulls you in and won't let go'
'A compelling family drama'
'Taut as a drumskin and thrumming with tension . . . You'll stay up well past your bedtime to finish this atmospheric read'
'This immersive read is a real treat'
'A gorgeous, Gothic and gripping big-house mystery'
'An absorbing, sweeping drama to get lost in'
'A compelling read . . . With a strong sense of place'
'A compelling and atmospheric read'
'Full of evocative description of time and place, the sense of "something about to happen" keeps you turning the pages'
'A rich and sweeping tale as dark and delicious as the hive's special honey'
'This is the most gripping, atmospheric book, heavy with mystery and intriguing right till the end. I loved it'
'Wow, was this book stunning or what? It stole my heart and never gave it back. '
'Wow! This book pulled me in from the beginning . . . A five star read'
'I'm still reeling from reading this book . . . Wow!'