Released 31 January 2012
In the Lancashire town of Kempforth, people are vanishing.
When two-year-old Roseanne Trevor disappears, the local kids blame ‘The Spindly Men’. But even as Detective Chief Inspector Renwick vows to stop at nothing until she finds her, terrifying visions summon TV psychic Allen Cowell and his sister Vera back to the town they swore they’d left forever and local historian Anna Mason pieces together a history of cruelty and exploitation almost beyond belief.
Meanwhile, in the decaying corridors and lightless rooms of a long abandoned hospital, something terrible is waiting for them all.
In a chilling tale of contemporary small-town horror, Bestwick has truly evoked the terror of films such as The Orphanage and the writing of James Herbert, Adam Nevill and M R James.
“Simon Bestwick writes with great imaginative flair and an excellent grasp of colour and narrative pace.'”
UK: 9781907992742 | 2nd February 2012
US: 9781907992759 | 31st January 2013