The Taxidermists’ Daughter
by Kate Mosse
THE CLOCK strikes midnight. Beneath the wind and the remorseless tolling of the bell, no-one can hear the scream… It’s 1912 in a Sussex churchyard. Villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will not survive the coming year are thought to walk. And in the shadows, a woman lies dead. As the flood waters rise, Connie Gifford is marooned in a decaying house with her increasingly tormented father. He drinks to escape the past, but an accident has robbed her of the most significant childhood memories. Until the disturbance at the church awakens fragments of those vanished years.