In seventeenth-century France, against a backdrop of witch trials, regicide and religious frenzy, Juliette, one-time actress and rope-dancer, seeks refuge with her young daughter in the remote abbey of Saint Marie-de-la-Mer, and reinvents herself as Soeur Auguste.
Until a new Abbess is appointed, bringing with her a ghost from Juliette's past, a man she has every reason to fear.
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Truly sensational... This is a wonderful novel. It draws you in from the very first page - Sunday Express
A weird and hugely enjoyable blend of Aldous Huxley's The Devils of Loudon and Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus - New Statesman
With this bold, inventive book, Harris confirms her position as one of Britain's most popular novelists... Fans will be delighted by the way this novel complements her earlier works. At the same time, the author's experiments with structure and voice ensure this story is fresh and compelling - Daily Mail
Hugely enjoyable... Both consoling and wise - New Statesman
With this bold, inventive book, Harris confirms her position as one of Britain's most popular novellists... Fresh and compelling - Daily Mail
Highly enjoyable - Independent on Sunday
Brilliant... An imaginative, colourful page-turner - Choice Magazine
Her writing is as wonderful as ever ... You won't be able to tear yourself away - Glamour
A compelling blend of murder, lies and revenge. A novel full of intrigue and suspense - Waterstone's Book Quarterly
Joanne Harris's Whitbread-shortlisted Chocolat wasmade into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is the author of many other bestselling novels. Her hobbies are listed in Who's Who as 'mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion'. She plays bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16, is currently studying Old Norse, and lives with her husband and daughter in Yorkshire, about 15 miles from the place she was born.