From Booklist Leaving his gentleman’s club one dismal evening in the company of a younger member, the elderly Sir James Monmouth uncharacteristically reveals the existence of a manuscript he has written about his mysterious youth, and hisses an ominous entreaty to his confidante. The document reveals Monmouth’s lifelong quest to chronicle the journeys and observations of Conrad Vane, a peripatetic explorer whose tales of travel and adventure greatly influenced Monmouth’s own nomadic life. Having returned to his native country of England after a lengthy absence spent tracing his muse’s steps, Monmouth vows to uncover Vane’s background, only to be met at every turn with increasingly dire warnings and dramatic concern for his safety and sanity. Monmouth forges on, eventually arriving at desolate Kittiscar Hall, where he discovers Vane’s sinister connection to his Monmouth ancestors. There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned ghost story, and the masterful Hill authentically channels such giants of the Gothic genre as Poe and Doyle in this eerily atmospheric yarn of restless spirits, both temporal and corporeal. --Carol Haggas Read more Review For those who devour ghost stories, this author has provided the perfect one. . . . Susan Hill has forever left satisfied readers in her wake. Her excellent, cold yet not horrific, writing style is extremely unique. Many readers who pick up this gem will go back and read Hill’s earlier books, and become extremely loyal fans. —Suspense magazine  Thanks to Hill’s deceptively simple plots and straightforward prose, you won’t even notice the noose she’s slipping around your throat. —The Seattle Times There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned ghost story, and the masterful Hill authentically channels such giants of the Gothic genre as Poe and Doyle in this eerily atmospheric yarn of restless spirits, both temporal and corporeal. —Booklist Penetrating psychological insight and believable supernatural intrusions into the commonplace recommend Hill’s subtle ghost story. . . . Hill energizes eerie atmosphere and formal execution with an emphasis on sensitive characterization and psychological reaction. The effect is devastatingly elegant, eschewing shock for lingering unease and a sense of inevitable doom. . . . A delight for aficionados and newcomers alike. —Publishers Weekly Read more See all Editorial Reviews