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The Key in the Lock

(2022)
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'Echoes of Daphne Du Maurier . . . an intriguing, elegantly constructed gothic mystery' Sunday Times 'Intriguing, beguiling and surprising until the very end - I was transfixed' Claire Fuller 'The Key in the Lock demands to be devoured whole' Stacey Halls, author of Mrs England A captivating story of burning secrets and buried shame, and of the loyalty and love that rises from the ashes. -------------- 'I still dream, every night, of Polneath on fire...' By day, Ivy Boscawen mourns the loss of her son Tim in the Great War. But by night she mourns another boy - one whose death decades ago haunts her still. For Ivy is sure that there is more to what happened all those years ago: the fire at the Great House, and the terrible events that came after. A truth she must uncover, if she is ever to be free. A SUNDAY TIMES HISTORICAL FICTION PICK -------------- 'Absorbing, beautifully written . . . Everything I enjoy in a gothic mystery' Rosie Andrews, author of The Leviathan 'The Key in the Lock is an absolute triumph! Dark, clever and utterly enthralling, this is historical fiction - and storytelling - at its absolute best. I can't wait to read whatever Beth Underdown writes next' Elizabeth Macneal, author of The Doll Factory and Circus of Wonders 'A beautifully observed novel. Intriguing, beguiling and surprising until the very end - I was transfixed and moved by Underdown's storytelling' Claire Fuller, author of Unsettled Ground 'Brilliantly twisty, dripping with mystery and utterly heartbreaking' Emily Koch, author of Keep Him Close 'A gothic mystery of the highest order. Chilling, sad, beautiful, and so elegantly conjured, it's a story that summons du Maurier but retains ghosts all its own. I raced through it, my heart in my mouth. Superb' Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters 'The perfect gothic novel' Stuart Turton 'Deliciously intriguing from the very first sentence, with shades of du Maurier and Dunmore. I was hooked by this exquisitely written tale of secrets and lies' Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton 'Captivating and elegant and undoubtedly a future classic' Lucie McKnight Hardy, author of Water Shall Refuse Them 'A masterclass in atmosphere... haunting, vivid and urgent. The Key in the Lock demands to be devoured whole' Stacey Halls, author of Mrs England 'The perfect read for an autumnal weekend. Atmospheric and rich with evocative detail, I found myself in tears by the end' Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange 'A Cornish landscape evocative of Daphne du Maurier . . . brilliantly plotted' Louise Hare, author of This Lovely City 'The Key in the Lock will enthral fans of The Witchfinder's Sister. A brooding Cornish tale of a grieving mother obsessively unpicking the lies around the death of the child of the man she secretly loves, it'll also recruit fans of Du Maurier & Waters' Patrick Gale, author of A Place Called Winter 'I was captivated by the characters, the story and the sinuous, seamless plotting' Sarah Hilary, author of Fragile 'This is a novel of true elegance, deftly and satisfyingly plotted. I expect impeccable prose from Beth Underdown but The Key In The Lock is also wise, thoughtful, and profoundly moving' Imogen Hermes Gowar, author of The Mermaid and Mr Hancock 'A compelling gothic mystery' - Good Housekeeping 'An evocative, emotional and compelling gothic read' - CultureFly, Books to Look Forward to Reading in 2022 'With echoes of Daphne du Maurier from its very first, Underdown's second novel is an intriguing, elegantly constructed gothic mystery' Sunday Times 'A captivating and atmospheric read' My Weekly 'Packed full of secrets, eerily atmospheric, this is a darkly gothic tale' Daily Mail

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Absorbing, beautifully written . . . Everything I enjoy in a gothic mystery." - Rosie Andrews

"A beautifully dark, eerie tale of haunted hearts and brooding secrets. Expertly plotted and exquisitely written, The Key in the Lock is the perfect gothic novel." - Joanne Burn

"It's eerie, claustrophobic atmosphere is reminiscent of Du Maurier . . . there's a poignancy to the writing that's so beautiful." - Emma Carroll

"Atmospheric, dark and compelling: an exquisitely crafted mystery." - Tammy Cohen

"Deliciously intriguing from the very first sentence, with shades of Du Maurier and Dunmore. I was hooked by this exquisitely written tale of secrets and lies." - Sara Collins

"Reads as if a classic. Eerie, immersive and compelling. This is a book to savour." - Essie Fox

"A beautifully observed novel. Intriguing, beguiling and surprising until the very end - I was transfixed and moved by Underdown's storytelling." - Claire Fuller

"The Key in the Lock will enthral fans of The Witchfinder's Sister. A brooding Cornish tale of a grieving mother obsessively unpicking the lies around the death of the child of the man she secretly loves, it'll also recruit fans of Du Maurier & Waters." - Patrick Gale

"Engrossing . . . conveys emotion and excitement so elegantly." - Adèle Geras

"This is a novel of true elegance, deftly and satisfyingly plotted. I expect impeccable prose from Beth Underdown but The Key In The Lock is also wise, thoughtful, and profoundly moving." - Imogen Hermes Gowar

"A Cornish landscape evocative of Daphne du Maurier . . . brilliantly plotted." - Louise Hare

"I was captivated by the characters, the story and the sinuous, seamless plotting." - Sarah Hilary

"A smouldering gothic mystery that slowly envelopes you, The Key in the Lock is a novel of repressed desire and well-tended grief - getting to the very heart of the grudges we hold against ourselves." - Joseph Knox

"Brilliantly twisty, dripping with mystery and utterly heartbreaking." - Emily Koch

"Captivating and elegant and undoubtedly a future classic." - Lucie McKnight Hardy

"The Key in the Lock is an absolute triumph! Dark, clever and utterly enthralling, this is historical fiction - and storytelling - at its absolute best." - Elizabeth Macneal

"A dark and poignant Cornish tale of grief, love and the unpicking of long-buried secrets. Set in 1888 and 1918 with shades of Du Maurier and Sarah Waters." - Anna Mazzola

"Marvellous . . . gorgeously taut." - Wyl Menmuir

"A gifted storyteller." - Sarah Perry

"I was completely enthralled by this poetic, beautifully conceived and executed mystery full of secrets and subtlety." - Imogen Robertson

"Underdown's latest is a gothic mystery of the highest order. Chilling, sad, beautiful, and so elegantly conjured, it's a story that summons du Maurier but retains ghosts all its own. I raced through it, my heart in my mouth. Superb." - Emma Stonex

"The Key in the Lock is the perfect gothic novel. It has secrets, guilt, brilliant characters, and a grand old house built on a terrible past. An absolute corker." - Stuart Turton

"The perfect read for an autumnal weekend. Atmospheric and rich with evocative detail, I found myself in tears by the end." - Harriet Tyce

"Fans of gothic are going to love this. Cornwall, class-ridden secrets and beautiful writing." - Sarah Ward


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January 2022 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Key In The Lock: A haunting historical mystery steeped in explosive secrets and lost love
Author(s): Beth Underdown
ISBN: 0-241-50330-2 / 978-0-241-50330-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
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January 2023 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Key In The Lock: A haunting historical mystery steeped in explosive secrets and lost love
Author(s): Beth Underdown
ISBN: 0-241-99173-0 / 978-0-241-99173-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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January 2022 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Key in the Lock: A haunting historical mystery steeped in explosive secrets and lost love
Author(s): Beth Underdown
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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January 2022 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Key in the Lock: A haunting historical mystery steeped in explosive secrets and lost love
Author(s): Beth Underdown
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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January 2022 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Key in the Lock: A haunting historical mystery steeped in explosive secrets and lost love
Author(s): Beth Underdown
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


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January 2022 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Key In The Lock: The Key In The Lock: A haunting historical mystery steeped in explosive secrets and lost love
Author(s): Beth Underdown
Publisher: Penguin
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