The Key in the Lock


I still dream, every night, of Polneath on fire. Smoke unfurling out of an upper window and a hectic orange light cascading across the lawn. 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.

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‘Haunting, vivid and urgent’ Stacey Halls
‘Absorbing, beautifully written’ Rosie Andrews
‘An ingenious page turner’ The Times


Inside lies a secret that won’t stay hidden . . .

The Great War is ending, but it has taken Ivy’s son. Ivy is consumed by discovering what happened to her boy out there in the trenches, while her husband only wants to forget.

Then a man comes back into Ivy’s life who can help her find out. A man who once stole Ivy’s heart. A man who also lost his son to a tragedy. A man whose name she hasn’t spoken in thirty years.

As Ivy questions her part in the fire at Polneath House, she unlocks a secret that’s been burning ever since. But will the truth destroy her – or set her free?


‘It will recruit fans of Du Maurier and Waters’ Patrick Gale

‘A story of smouldering secrets, lingering guilt and hidden love’ Daily Express

‘The perfect gothic novel’ Stuart Turton

‘This is a novel of true elegance, deftly and satisfyingly plotted’ Imogen Hermes Gowar

‘Atmospheric and rich with evocative detail’ Harriet Tyce

‘An intriguing, elegantly constructed gothic mystery’ Sunday Times

‘A smouldering gothic mystery that slowly envelopes you’ Joseph Knox

Additional information

Weight 0.202 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.7 cm










1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


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