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From Shani Struthers, the best-selling author of The Venetian and The Eleventh Floor, comes the third in the This Haunted World series: Highgate. With sometimes harrowing scenes, this is her darkest novel yet and not for the faint-hearted!

Highgate, perhaps the most famous cemetery in the world, is renowned for its Victorian Gothic splendour, famous residents, its vampire and, of course, ghosts....

Lucy Klein, 42, is not only obsessed with Highgate, she works there too, organising tours for those with an interest in some of the finest Victorian funerary architecture in existence. Single, and on the shy side, she is nonetheless content with her life, or so she thinks. When she meets the enigmatic Zak Harborne, she realizes what she’s been missing and quickly falls in love. Suddenly, it is the business of living that interests her.

1972, and Emma Matthews, a 19-year-old history student, also feels as though she’s on the outside. After visiting a derelict Highgate with a group of friends, she starts to feel a connection, a sense of meaning to her life, amongst the tombstones, the crosses, and the angels. Returning to Highgate over and over, she discovers both a paradise and a garden decidedly more savage.  

Grace Derby is just 11 when she encounters the gentleman, tall and with a tall hat, a long black coat and a cape about his shoulders. It is the 1850s and street urchins such as her are not accustomed to kindness from those belonging to the upper echelons. Proffering money for food, for her and her family, he asks nothing in return. Curious about the man with the kind blue eyes, she follows him one day…all the way to Highgate.

For some, it seems, all roads lead to Highgate....

©2019 Shani Struthers (P)2020 Shani Struthers

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Highgate - Another Amazing Listen!

Well the proof is in the pudding it’s currently 2.43am and I have just finished listening to Highgate on audible. I am speechless, Highgate is a gut wrenching, emotional roller coaster, it’s beautifully written. I was there by the women’s sides, I felt their pain anger and hurt, and I felt my own too. The topics Highgate high lights couldn’t have been more thoughtfully written, absolutely spot on. Yet again when Shani writes I can relate to the characters, I can picture the characters, the characters become a part of you. I have literally spent the day listening at every chance I got, even when dishing up the dinner! Shani I’ve said it before il say it again, you are one talented author, your books send chills through my spine and leave me wanting more.. I can’t wait for the next release. Shani is one author I find myself always checking for release dates, I have to have the books the day they are released. In between reading or listening to shani’s writing, I’m lost as I am yet to find another author that captures me the way Shani does.

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Brilliant

Brilliant storyline with three characters all different stories eventually meeting in sad then happy times. Another listen I could not wait to get back to, narrator once again delivering the essence of the the story and characters with great effect.

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Hmmm not that good.

Love all of the Authors other books I've listened to but really did struggle with this one, just never got me hooked like the others.

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Awful

I, m sure audible has down hill in its book selections.. I, ve almost given up trying to find aBook as good as Susan Hills a woman in Black.. The narrator can't do character voices her pleasant voice installs no tension The story got so long winded at the end I was thinking for God sake hurry up and end. another credit wasted

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loved it!

currently working my way through all Shani Struthers books,I've loved them all so far...Good old fashioned ghost stories....Highly recommend

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A truly haunting story

Fantastic gripping supernatural thriller but with a heartbreaking deeper under current, will leave you with tears in you eyes at parts. The narrator reads its wonderfully and as per usual Shani has written another story you just cant put down. This book will leave you with a renewed view of the past one both fascinating and shocking. cant reccomend highly enough. Great job Shani and Sheila

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hard to hear at times but amazing

I loved this book as I can identify with each character. at times I cried .. I wish the ending for Lucy was better ❤. I am testament that things can change. I love shani struthers work and would love to meet her one day... Keep writing Shani your truly gifted

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  • Vanessa Phipps
  • 10-06-20

Heartbreaking

As someone who can walk for hours in a cemetery, that eats up every ghost story imaginable (the more tragic, the better), I rarely put myself into the shoes of the tragic living souls that inspired such haunting tales.

In Highgate, Shani Struthers tells the stories of three desperate, lonely, misfit females who exist to survive each day and hope to find love and acceptance along the way. While their lives span different periods of time, all three are centered around one place, Highgate Cemetery.

Unlike other works written by Struthers, Highgate tells the haunting tales of life, and how cruel humanity can be.

Next time I find myself in a cemetery, I will take a moment of silence for those who rest where I walk, and especially ponder the forgotten ones who didn't have a voice to leave behind.

Sheila Dearden's narration was perfection as usual.