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The Drowned Village


by Kathleen McGurl.

The Drowned Village, cover

Laura has recently left her boyfriend, and is living with her grandmother, Stella. Taking a badly needed holiday in the Lake District, she meets fellow-camper Tom, and together they begin to explore Stella’s birthplace, Brackendale Green, a ruined village usually at the bottom of Bereswater Reservoir, but currently exposed by drought. Adding a distinct air of mystery, Stella begs Laura to search for a tea-caddy, which holds clues to a long-held family secret. Meanwhile, back in 1935, an 11-year-old Stella helps her widowed father, Jed, by looking after her little sister and ailing grandfather, as the family face the inevitable loss of their home. But as the reservoir begins to fill, long-buried secrets are discovered, triggering a tragic sequence of events.

Another fabulous dual-timeline story from Kathleen McGurl, with great characterisation, scene-setting, and attention to historical detail. The two stories (present day and past) are perfectly woven, and despite adding intrigue after intrigue, McGurl manages to keep the reader guessing until the very last chapter, at which point this reader got goosebumps (and again now as I write this), and tears in her eyes.

ISBN13: 9780008274481
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