Book Review: Michelle Paver’s Gothic horror Wakenhyrst expertly blends the psychological with the supernatural

One day in 1913, Edward Stearne snatched up an icepick, marched into the orchard of his manor house, and murdered the first person he came across. Declared insane and sent to Broadmoor, he filled his days painting a vast triptych inspired depicting Hell.

More than half a century later, his daughter Maud still lives in Wake’s End, a lifelong fascination with the beautiful yet deadly Fen that encroaches upon the estate making it hard for her to leave. When her father’s frightening paintings start to attract attention, the reporters start knocking. Maud could use the money, but is she ready, after all these years, to tell her side of the story?

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