You Won't Dare Put It Down

Something Evil Has Awakened

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.


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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

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