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In the Night Wood

Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Summary

A forest. A book. A missing girl. 

Charles Hayden has been fascinated by a strange Victorian fairy tale, In the Night Wood, since he was a child. When his wife, Erin – a descendant of the author – inherits her ancestor’s house, the couple decide to make it their home. Still mourning the recent death of their daughter, they leave America behind, seeking a new beginning in the English countryside. 

But Hollow House, filled with secrets and surrounded by an ancient oak forest, is a place where the past seems very much alive. Isolated among the trees, Charles and Erin begin to feel themselves haunted - by echoes of the stories in the house’s library, by sightings of their daughter, and by something else, as old and dark as the forest around them. 

A compelling and atmospheric Gothic thriller, In the Night Wood reveals the chilling power of myth and memory.

©2019 Dale Bailey (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Every story is a ghost story, Bailey tells us. But not every ghost story is as haunting as this one. Nor as luminously written, literate, absorbing, transporting, and all-around excellent. I couldn’t put it down." (Karen Joy Fowler, best-selling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves)

"A resonant tale of literary obsession and a story of old myths rising violently to the surface of an otherwise rational world." (TOR.com)

"In the Night Wood is a wonder: literary, intriguingly supernatural, and all too human. A must read for anyone who as a child wanted to find a magic wardrobe to explore or a rabbit hole to fall down only to realize as an adult that those whimsical childhood adventures have a darker side." (Molly Tanzer, author of Creatures of Will and Temper)

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pretty dreadful

derivative, clumsy, patronising, repetitive. all female characters are there to push the narrative of the male protagonist.