Murkmere

A haunting Gothic novel about loyalty, betrayal and age-old fears

‘Yours is an unblemished soul, Aggie,’ he whispered, ‘a sweet, pure delicacy of a soul – and we must keep it that way, mustn’t we?’

Born and brought up in a small village, Aggie knows that she must never question the power of the divine beings – the birds – nor the omens in the Table of Significance. But when the Master of Murkmere Hall summons her to be companion to his ward, Leah, she enters a new and disturbing world. Leah is headstrong, spoilt and unhappy, and challenges everything Aggie has ever known to be true.

Secrets and betrayals lurk within the old house, and when the shadowy but all-powerful Ministration arrives for a grand ball, questioning becomes a dangerous game…

Longlisted for the Guardian Award

Shortlisted for the Calderdale Award

Read Patricia's notes on the book


Fraught with fenland mist and magic, this supernatural thriller… is compassionate and original.

The Times

Compelling…a salutary reminder to keep an eye on the children’s bookshelves.

SFX Magazine

This book was brilliant – really, really good! The plot carried you through – you couldn’t put it down. Spooky! Read it!

Teen Titles reader review

Wonderful…elegantly written and very atmospheric.

TES, Teacher

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