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'A gloriously foreboding Gothic tale' - HEAT
'A thrillingly dark page-turner' - MAIL ON SUNDAY
'Marta is Jane Eyre's black-hearted alter ego' - THE TIMES

Many would find much to fear in Fyneshade's dark and crumbling corridors, its unseen master and silent servants. But not I. For they have far more to fear from me...

On the day of her beloved grandmother's funeral, Marta discovers that she is to become governess to the young daughter of Sir William Pritchard. Separated from her lover and discarded by her family, Marta has no choice but to journey to Pritchard's ancient and crumbling house, Fyneshade, in the wilds of Derbyshire.

All is not well at Fyneshade. Marta's pupil, little Grace, can be taught nothing, and Marta takes no comfort from the silent servants who will not meet her eye. More intriguing is that Sir William is mysteriously absent, and his son and heir Vaughan is forbidden to enter the house. Marta finds herself drawn to Vaughan, despite the warnings of the housekeeper that he is a danger to all around him. But Marta is no innocent to be preyed upon. Guided by the dark gift taught to her by her grandmother, she has made her own plans. And it will take more than a family riven by murderous secrets to stop her...

Perfect for readers of Laura Purcell, Jessie Burton and Stacey Halls, Fyneshade is a dark and twisted gothic novel unlike any you've read before...

Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"A tour de force! I thoroughly enjoyed this darkest of dark tales with its canny and complicated heroine, and a final twist that made me gasp out loud. Gloriously wicked." - Rosie Andrews

"I loved the gothic horror of Fyneshade. Dark flashes of Fingersmith, Jane Eyre and The Turn of the Screw, with witchy governess Marta taking on the secrets that scratch around the walls. Deliciously dark and twisty." - Tina Baker

"Stunning. With a refreshingly complex protagonist and a story as richly threaded as the tapestries within the beautiful rooms of Fyneshade itself, the novel left me guessing its secrets till the very end." - Polly Crosby

"A darkly delicious joy of a historical gothic novel. Mature and accomplished storytelling that's utterly compelling. I loved it." - Essie Fox

"A bleak atmosphere and sense of foreboding whispers through the walls at Fyneshade. This historical suspense draws you in through its pages towards a looming fate. Full of gothic intensity, dread and a twist of seductive humour." - Jo Furniss

"A highly original work of dark gothic brilliance. In a house with monstrous secrets, Marta is a heroine like no other. She will steal your heart, believe me. A story so inventive and exciting, I simply couldn't wait for the next page." - Janice Hallett

"I absolutely adored this unforgettable and original take on the governess gothic. Marta is the anti-heroine you can't help rooting for: I was under her spell from the very first page. A deliciously dark and decadent novel, sure to bewitch readers everywhere." - Emilia Hart

"Dark, heady and bold, Fyneshade is a seductive treat, with a protagonist who is both wicked and irresistible. I was entranced from the first page to the last." - Antonia Hodgson

"Absolutely pitch black brilliance. Dark, creepy and utterly compelling with characters who jump right off the page - this is gothic suspense at its very best." - SJI Holliday

"Beautifully written, packed with dark magic, wicked secrets, and compulsively watchable characters. An entrancing gem of a book." - Dan Malakin

"What a devious and delightful tale. In Marta, Kate Griffin gives us one the most inventive and compelling characters of recent years. A gloriously gothic and often darkly funny story. I devoured it whole." - Anna Mazzola

"A delightfully dark gothic tale, beautifully written, with a beguiling narrator. The seemingly innocent Marta turns out to be more than a match for the other occupants of a house full of secrets. An excellent read!" - Guy Morpuss

"A piercing, acerbic, deliciously dark take on the governess tale; dripping with atmosphere, cobwebbed with twists, and with an anti-heroine you'll never forget." - Lizzie Pook

"A dark and sophisticated gothic novel of the governess tale with a twist. Marta is the anti-heroine you won't help rooting for." - Laure Van Rensburg

"The most delicious nastiness one could hope for. Marta is Jane Eyre with the darkest of hearts, and Fyneshade is every bit as ghoulish as she is. Devour alone by candlelight!" - Kate Simants

"With a satisfyingly dark anti-hero at its core Fyneshade makes for compelling storytelling and proves Katie Griffin's a new standout voice in gothic fiction." - Susan Stokes-Chapman

"Kate Griffin's bewitching new novel conjures the literary ghosts of Henry James and Charlotte Bronte to give us an evocative new take on the old governess tale. But beware, dear reader, for any gentleness is deceptive here ... Griffin lays bare what's normally subdued in the Gothic, as she draws us into a world of shadows and closed spaces where desire literally combusts on the page. A thrilling read." - J M Varese

"An elegant iron fist of a novel cast in tattered finery and soaked in velvet darkness. Its darkness cloaked me to the end. Magnificent." - Matt Wesolowski

"A gothic triumph. With so many hidden secrets, you won't know who to trust." - A J West

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