The Devil in the Corner

A dark thriller set in the Victorian period

How can the devil be stopped when he lives inside you?

During her time as a governess, Maud has faced hardship and abuse. Her fortunes seem to improve when she is taken in by the cousin-by-marriage she never knew, Juliana. And perhaps with the young artist, John, commissioned to restore an ancient painting of the Day of Judgement in the local church, she will find love and salvation at last.

But, like the devil lurking in the corner of the painting, there are sinister forces in wait in the superstitious village of Rending. One death follows another and the finger of suspicion is pointed at Maud. Is Maud truly a murderer, damaged by her past – or is she the real victim?

Is the devil in the Doom painting a reality, or a figment of her imagination?

Find out more about The Devil in the Corner by reading various guest blog posts I have written:

Elliott builds a creepy oppressive atmosphere brilliantly

Jim, YA Yeah Yeah

…the best teen book I have read in a long time…a fantastic atmospheric thriller.

School Librarian

Truly atmospheric and haunting and will really appeal to young people who enjoy the darkness of the gothic novel.

Books for Keeps

A gripping page-turner of a mystery. The style, while plausibly Victorian, never slows the pace.

Editor's Choice, Armadillo magazine

Gorgeously gothic…I absolutely loved The Devil in the Corner. I could not put the book down as I got engaged in the story. I recommend it to young adults and even adults would enjoy it. 5 out of 5.

Gauardian Children's Books Guardian Children's Books

Dickensian flare with Sarah Waters’s style. Captivating and spooky.


Will be enjoyed by all lovers of Victorian Gothic…Any young person who relishes a spooky and emotionally charged story will love it. Whatever (Patricia Elliott) publishes is both stylish and interesting.

Adèle Geras, An Awfully Big Blog Adventure

An in-depth and vivid tale of a girl struggling with demons, both real and imagined. I got lost in Maud’s life completely.

Luna's Little Library

Incredibly gripping.

"An Awful Lot of Reading" blog

I began this book with high hopes, as I have loved this author’s other works, and I was not disappointed. This author has a wonderful ability to create an atmosphere that you can feel through the entire book. I read this book in one sitting. I would highly recommend this book for lovers of gothic, atmospheric mysteries.

Lea Jurock, Lea At Sea

I absolutely loved it. Can be enjoyed by young adults and adults. One modern day gothic novel that will not disappoint.

Brittany, Good Reads

I read this book over two nights – once it caught me, I couldn’t go free without reaching the end. …Elliott’s a master of tension and dramatic irony. …Beautifully polished…tight writing.

Sarcasm and Lemons book blog

Now I’ve read the book I’m desperate for more from the author. I loved the writing and it flowed so well… The element of suspense was brilliant. Definitely recommend.


A brilliant book.

Amy, Year 8, Book Angel

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