"An ingenious and original spooky story, perfect reading for longer nights"
Strange things are happening to Lewis even before he moves to the spooky old town of Barrow. He seems to be being followed by rooks for one thing; creepy enough but then he discovers they’re believed to be servants of Gretel Murk, the town’s legendary Bogwitch.
Then there’s the sudden, unexplained flooding of their new house and the sudden arrival of a girl who they all assume to be Moira, Lewis’s dad’s oldest friend’s daughter. Dad is desperate for Lewis to win a place at the town’s posh school, but Lewis can’t concentrate on anything until he’s solved the mystery of what is going on, who’s behind it, and how it relates to the sad story of Gretel. At least he can rely on not-really-Moira, who turns out to be a very special friend.
Halpin’s tale grips from the beginning and is full of surprises, not least the true identity of Moira. This thrilling, unusual drama is perfect reading for the darker nights.