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The House of Whispers

(2020)
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A new gothic Victorian tale from Laura Purcell, set on the atmospheric Cornish coast in a rambling house by the sea in which a maid cares for a mute old woman with a mysterious past, alongside her superstitious staff.

Consumption has ravaged Louise Pinecroft's family, leaving her and her father alone and heartbroken. But Dr. Pinecroft has plans for a revolutionary experiment: convinced that sea air will prove to be the cure his wife and children needed, he arranges to house a group of prisoners suffering from the disease in the caves beneath his new Cornish home. While he devotes himself to his controversial medical trials, Louise finds herself increasingly discomfited by the strange tales her new maid tells of the fairies that hunt the land, searching for those they can steal away to their realm.

Forty years later, Hester arrives at Morvoren House to take up a position as nurse to the now partially paralyzed and mute Miss Pinecroft. Hester has fled to Cornwall to try to escape her past, but surrounded by superstitious staff enacting bizarre rituals, she soon discovers her new home may be just as dangerous as her last.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Brilliantly atmospheric and chilling... I raced through the pages hardly daring to find out what would happen next. Laura’s characters and the world they inhabit are compelling, unsettling and richly drawn. A fabulous tale!" - Ruth Hogan


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Paperback Editions

June 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The House of Whispers
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 0-14-313553-8 / 978-0-14-313553-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA
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June 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The House of Whispers: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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June 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The House of Whispers: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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June 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The House of Whispers: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Penguin Books
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