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.

Read Patricia's notes on the book

Against a chilling background, Patricia Elliott tells a story of transformation and the importance of making a bid for freedom.

The Guardian


Photograph of author Patricia Elliott

Welcome to my website

I write novels for older children and young adults. Some of them are fantasies and some are thrillers with a historical setting and plenty of suspense and romance. You can read all about me and my books here. All of them are published by Hodder Children’s Books.

I’ve just been writing a fantasy set in the contemporary world for Middle Grade readers and am about to embark on a new Young Adult historical thriller, set in the eighteenth century.

Meanwhile, I’m thrilled that Murkmere is now available again, with a beautiful new cover. It was nominated for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award on first publication and received wonderful review coverage.

It’s the story of two girls trapped in a dark and dangerous world, one of whom has a terrifying secret to hide. You can read more about it by clicking on the cover above and in my Author’s notes.

‘Gorgeous, skin-crawling Gothic drama… Fraught with Fenland mist and magic, this supernatural thriller is compassionate and original

The Times

You can order it from Amazon and all good bookshops using the ISBN number: 9 781915 683052.

Do get in touch via the contact page – I’d love to hear from you and will reply as soon as I can. If you would like me to visit your school or reading group, click on author visits or writing workshops.

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