When Cora and her little sister Mimi are sent to stay with their great-aunt in the isolated village of Bryers Guerdon, they sense immediately that they're not welcome. What they don't know is that the last time two young girls were at Guerdon Hall, their visit ended in a mysterious, violent tragedy.
Something dark and evil has haunted the village for centuries. Now it has set eyes on its next victim, and it will stop at nothing to lay claim to her. With the help of local schoolboys Roger and Peter, Cora must uncover the horrifying secrets buried deep within Bryers Guerdon - before it is too late for Mimi.
Bewitching and atmospheric, this is a truly stunning debut that will linger with you for days after the final, chilling pages.
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Such an impressive debut. Every element is spot on - from the elegant prose, through the realistic portrayal of various aspects of family life, the three-dimensional characters and the occasional comic set-piece, to the supernatural horror underpinning it, which is absolutely chilling. Highly recommended - The Bookbag
The terror is as relentless as the ballad the story springs from . . . Chilling - Observer
Well written and well paced, with more than a sprinkling of hair-raising moments - TES
Not for the faint-hearted, this mesmerizing tale generates goosebumps on almost every page - Booktrust
This is a story to get lost in . . . there is enough plot here for a trilogy, and it will drag down readers looking for quick thrills. Those who appreciate old-fashioned chillers, though, will be rewarded - Booklist
Barraclough's debut, which is based on a centuries-old British ballad, is a ghost story through and through, chock-full of mysterious apparitions, strange voices, cryptic warnings, and townsfolk who chorus beware - Publishers Weekly
A fabulous revisiting of the hoariest of old chestnuts - Daily Telegraph
The story, based on a traditional poem, moves to a chilling conclusion - Irish Examiner
A real stunner of a debut: Long Lankin is a wonderful, imaginative slow burner of a thriller . . . Lindsey Barraclough's first novel is written with a style and intelligence that would put many an adult thriller to shame - Young Post