In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens: a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets. Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father.
When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened.
Maud’s battle has begun. She must survive a world haunted by witchcraft, the age-old legends of her beloved fen – and the even more nightmarish demons of her father’s past.
Spanning five centuries, Wakenhyrst is a darkly Gothic thriller about murderous obsession and one girl’s longing to fly free.
Selected by the BBC Radio 2 Book Club
"Paver's storytelling is irresistible"Selected by The Times to be their Book of the Month
"A gripping ghost story... This is a brilliantly atmospheric read (be warned: it's also terrifying!) with a brave, forward-thinking heroine I loved."Good Housekeeping
"Revisiting M R James territory with a modern feminist sensibility, Wakenhyrst is weirdly compelling."Evening Standard
"A masterfully creepy gothic thriller"The Bookseller
"This perfectly constructed ‘modern gothic’ is laced with a real sense of menace - and a healthy dose of feminism"Heat Magazine
"Dark, atmospheric and beautifully written"Candis Magazine
"This dark, gothic tale will hook you in..."Fabulous Magazine
"A spine-chilling masterpiece"Woman & Home