The Passionflower Massacre by Nicola Morgan

The Passionflower Massacre

Written by Nicola Morgan

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The vulnerability of adolescents who want to belong is sharply captured in this scary story of Matilda’s terrifying encounter with a dangerous cult. Working on a fruit farm, Matilda feels she’s found a way of life that allows her to escape from the protection of her parents and their expectations. But there’s something very sinister that Matilda overlooks before it’s almost too late for her to pull out.


The Passionflower Massacre by Nicola Morgan

A chilling novel of faith, forgiveness and retribution, from the author of Fleshmarket. Eighteen-year-old Matilda is looking forward to the freedom her summer away from home this year will offer. Freedom from her oppressive parents, freedom from the guilt and anger she feels over her brother's death some years ago. When she arrives at the fruit farm deep in the idyllic Devon countryside, the super-nice people, and Matt, the gorgeous guy she's already bonded with, make it all seem too good to be true. And soon the people who run the farm, the 'lilies' as Matt calls them, are pulling the vulnerable Matilda closer into their group, singling her out for special attention, feeding her delicious cake and tea, seducing her with their loving concern. These people seem to understand her, she can tell them anything and she feels part of something at last. So when they want her to join them in the big house they all live in on the hill, and meet their leader, Peter, she is ready and willing. She doesn't realise that she is dangerously involved in a religious cult, and that she is being brainwashed and drugged in preparation for a mass suicide, planned by the pathologically driven Peter. He's going to burn all of them alive, because he believes it will save their souls for God. Will Matilda escape? What has happened to Matt? Twenty-five years later, Peter is about to be released from prison. Has he been punished enough? Has he been forgiven? An old woman has been visiting him in prison. She has her own ideas of God's will, faith and justice. Who is stronger? Who is right? Who will win?


'... confirms Nicola Morgan as a dramatic, thought-provoking, powerful writer for young people. This book more than lives up to the promise of her earlier publications.'

's obsession with the mother he lost under horrendous, bizarre circumstances. Set in Edinburgh at a time in which the city was at the vanguard of medical advance, Morgan reveals the deep moral dilemmas that accompanied meaningful research at the time. Her descriptions of Edinburgh's Old Town, decaying, corrupt and dangerous, are extraordinarily vivid. Lives were cheap, both within and out of the medical faculty. Morgan is a confident, courageous and honest writer. Fleshmarket is a tour de force, from its attention-grabbing prologue onwards. Outstanding ... a book that deserves attention BOOKSELLER A dramatic and thought-provoking book. Nicola Morgan is a fine writer. DAVID ALMOND Her readers are gripped from the opening pages ... Gripping and well-written, her latest book consolidates Morgan's reputation as an exciting new talent. 4 stars (out of 5). Books for Keeps A compelling and scary read. The Independent'

About the Author

Nicola Morgan

Nicola Morgan

As a child

Nicola Morgan was born in a boys-only boarding school, and later attended a boys-only school until she was eleven years old. Consequently, she was brilliant at making bows and arrows, climbing trees and winning conker matches - none of which have been of any use to her whatsoever in later life. She loved writing though. She wrote her first ever actual story aged fourteen - in a public exam. She loved reading too, and spent most of holidays curled up with a book.

As an adult

Nicola Morgan first knew she wanted to write for a living when she was at university. Before that, she had thought that all writers were dead. She studied classics and philosophy at Cambridge. “That doesn’t sound very useful,” she says, “but it was the most useful grounding for a writer because it taught me to look very closely at language and meaning. She became an English teacher, later specialising and training in teaching children with reading difficulties. She is now an Ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland. She also helps writers understand about publishing, how to get published and the whole business of surviving and thriving as a writer.

As a writer

Nicola works in her garden office at the far end of her garden. All she can see from it is birds, trees, flowers and sky. She always uses a computer because she likes to change what she’s written a lot. A LOT! Main books: Mondays are Red, Fleshmarket, Sleepwalking, The Passionflower Massacre, Chicken Friend, Blame My Brain, Know Your Brain, Deathwatch, The Highwayman’s Footsteps, The Highwayman’s Curse, Wasted, Write to be Published, Tweet Right – the Sensible Person’s Guide to Twitter, Dear Agent Write a Great Synopsis, People Who Made History in Ancient Greece, Lots of Thomas the Tank Engine books and home learning books

Things you didn't know about Nicola Morgan

I am obsessed by boots and shoes and each time I get a new book contract I treat myself to more. I do press-ups every day. Well, almost. I am frightened of frogs. I have one leg longer than the other. Someone once tried to abduct me and my dog. I was born in a boys’ school and I went to school in a boys’ school till I was 11. My favourite foods are anchovies and stinky blue cheese. And Brussels sprouts. When I was a child I was very, very shy. Now I pretend not to be. My pet hate is people dropping litter. If I could wave a magic wand, I would stop teenagers suffering from too much stress.

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304 pages
Interest Age: 11+ years


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Hodder & Stoughton Childrens Division

Publication date

13th October 2005




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