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The Shadow Key

Susan Stokes-Chapman

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      There's something mysterious about the village of Penhelyg. Will unlocking its truth bring light or darkness?Meirionydd, 1783. Henry Talbot has been dismissed from his post at a prestigious London hospital. The only job he can find is as a physician in the backwaters of Wales where he can't speak the language, belief in myth and magic is rife, and the villagers treat him with bewildering suspicion. When Henry discovers his predecessor died under mysterious circumstances, he is determined to find answers.Linette Tresilian, the unconventional mistress of Plas Helyg, lives a lonely life. Her father is long dead, her mother haunted by demons which keep her locked away in her room, and her cousin treats her with cool disdain - she has had no choice but to become fiercely self-reliant.Linette has always suspected something is not quite right in the village, but it is only through Henry's investigations that the truth about those closest to her will come to light...a truth that will bind hers and Henry's destinies together in ways neither thought possible.PRAISE FOR SUSAN STOKES-CHAPMAN:'A gripping narrative in which secrets from the past are slowly and ingeniously revealed' Sunday Times, *Historical Fiction Book of the Month*'An immersive, evocative story full of romance and intrigue' Red'Romantic, suspenseful and beautifully written... a glorious treat' Daily Mail
      CONTRIBUTORS: Susan Stokes-Chapman EAN: 9781787302914 COUNTRY: United Kingdom PAGES: WEIGHT: 700 g HEIGHT: 234 cm
      PUBLISHED BY: Vintage Publishing DATE PUBLISHED: CITY: GENRE: FICTION / Historical / General, FICTION / Occult & Supernatural, FICTION / Gothic, FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense, FICTION / Small Town & Rural WIDTH: 153 cm SPINE:

      Book Themes:

      Wales, 1714–1837 (Georgian period), Gothic, Thriller / suspense fiction, Occult fiction, Historical fiction

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      Roelia Schoeman
      A beautiful mix of Welsh folklore, creepy settings, and well-written suspense.

      "The Shadow Key" by Susan Stokes-Chapman is a beautiful mix of Welsh folklore, creepy settings, and well-written suspense. This book takes place in a rough coastal village and tells the story of a world where secrets are buried like ancient artefacts, waiting to be found.

      Ambient and Mysterious: You can feel the gothic atmosphere of the book from the very beginning. The misty cliffs, the creaking manor, and the soft winds make for a creepy but interesting setting. Stokes-Chapman's vivid writing makes landscapes come to life, letting readers feel the haunting beauty of Wales.

      Medium-Paced Tension: The pace is just right, with the right amount of urgency and time to think. Some readers may want things to happen very quickly, but the slow pace of the story lets characters grow and the supernatural parts be explored more deeply. The tension builds slowly, and we don't know what will happen until the very end.

      Beautiful writing and well-researched details: Stokes-Chapman's writing is one of the best parts. Her words flow together like poetry, making you feel and think. She pays great attention to detail, whether she's writing about the salty taste of the sea or the smell of old books. The folklore that is used in the story feels real, which shows that a lot of research went into it.

      Growth as an Author: After reading Stokes-Chapman's first book, "Pandora," I like how her stories have gotten better. The author is better at building suspense and character arcs in "The Shadow Key" than in "The Shadow Key." It's clear that the author has worked hard at her craft and has a lot of confidence in herself.

      Teasing Mystical and Paranormal Threads: There are hints of supernatural forces in the book that make it exciting. Around the edges, shadows move, and old symbols hide meanings. Stokes-Chapman skillfully strikes a balance between doubt and interest, leaving readers eager for more information.

      Engaging Plot Twists: The plot changes quickly just when you think you've solved the mystery. The unexpected links between characters and the surfacing of long-kept secrets keep the pages turning. Each turn is like a clue that leads you deeper into the mystery.

      Eerie Prologue: The tone is set by the prologue. It stays in the reader's mind and casts a shadow over the next chapters. Stokes-Chapman does a great job of making people feel uneasy.

      Well-Developed Protagonists: Dr. Henry Talbot, a disgraced London physician, serves as Lord Julian Tresilian's private physician in a Welsh village. His outsider status clashes with local superstitions as he investigates his predecessor's death, uncovering village secrets. Linette Tresilian, the unconventional mistress of Plas Helyg, deals with loneliness and haunted memories due to family tragedy, sensing something amiss in the village. Her character adds depth to the atmospheric setting and unfolding mystery.

      "The Shadow Key" is scary because it combines folklore, suspense, and well-drawn characters. Stokes-Chapman's beautiful writing makes you want to explore the past's hidden rooms, where keys hold both answers and dangers. Go into the shadows with this interesting book if you want a book that stays with you like a half-remembered dream.

      Genre: Gothic, Mystery, Paranormal

      This book is published locally (South Africa) by Penguin Random House SA

      Susan Stokes-Chapman was born in 1985 and grew up in the historic Georgian city of Lichfield, Staffordshire. She studied for four years at Aberystwyth University, graduating with a BA in Education & English Literature and an MA in Creative Writing. Her debut novel, Pandora, was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction prize 2020 and the Glass Bell Award and became an instant Sunday Times number-one bestseller. You can find Susan on Instagram and Twitter under the handle @SStokesChapman. Her website is www.susanstokeschapman.com.

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      There's something mysterious about the village of Penhelyg. Will unlocking its truth bring light or darkness?Meirionydd, 1783. Henry Talbot has been dismissed from his post at a prestigious London hospital. The only job he can find is as a physician in the backwaters of Wales where he can't speak the language, belief in myth and magic is rife, and the villagers treat him with bewildering suspicion. When Henry discovers his predecessor died under mysterious circumstances, he is determined to find answers.Linette Tresilian, the unconventional mistress of Plas Helyg, lives a lonely life. Her father is long dead, her mother haunted by demons which keep her locked away in her room, and her cousin treats her with cool disdain - she has had no choice but to become fiercely self-reliant.Linette has always suspected something is not quite right in the village, but it is only through Henry's investigations that the truth about those closest to her will come to light...a truth that will bind hers and Henry's destinies together in ways neither thought possible.PRAISE FOR SUSAN STOKES-CHAPMAN:'A gripping narrative in which secrets from the past are slowly and ingeniously revealed' Sunday Times, *Historical Fiction Book of the Month*'An immersive, evocative story full of romance and intrigue' Red'Romantic, suspenseful and beautifully written... a glorious treat' Daily Mail
      CONTRIBUTORS: Susan Stokes-Chapman EAN: 9781787302914 COUNTRY: United Kingdom PAGES: WEIGHT: 700 g HEIGHT: 234 cm
      PUBLISHED BY: Vintage Publishing DATE PUBLISHED: CITY: GENRE: FICTION / Historical / General, FICTION / Occult & Supernatural, FICTION / Gothic, FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense, FICTION / Small Town & Rural WIDTH: 153 cm SPINE:

      Book Themes:

      Wales, 1714–1837 (Georgian period), Gothic, Thriller / suspense fiction, Occult fiction, Historical fiction

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      Based on 1 review
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      Roelia Schoeman
      A beautiful mix of Welsh folklore, creepy settings, and well-written suspense.

      "The Shadow Key" by Susan Stokes-Chapman is a beautiful mix of Welsh folklore, creepy settings, and well-written suspense. This book takes place in a rough coastal village and tells the story of a world where secrets are buried like ancient artefacts, waiting to be found.

      Ambient and Mysterious: You can feel the gothic atmosphere of the book from the very beginning. The misty cliffs, the creaking manor, and the soft winds make for a creepy but interesting setting. Stokes-Chapman's vivid writing makes landscapes come to life, letting readers feel the haunting beauty of Wales.

      Medium-Paced Tension: The pace is just right, with the right amount of urgency and time to think. Some readers may want things to happen very quickly, but the slow pace of the story lets characters grow and the supernatural parts be explored more deeply. The tension builds slowly, and we don't know what will happen until the very end.

      Beautiful writing and well-researched details: Stokes-Chapman's writing is one of the best parts. Her words flow together like poetry, making you feel and think. She pays great attention to detail, whether she's writing about the salty taste of the sea or the smell of old books. The folklore that is used in the story feels real, which shows that a lot of research went into it.

      Growth as an Author: After reading Stokes-Chapman's first book, "Pandora," I like how her stories have gotten better. The author is better at building suspense and character arcs in "The Shadow Key" than in "The Shadow Key." It's clear that the author has worked hard at her craft and has a lot of confidence in herself.

      Teasing Mystical and Paranormal Threads: There are hints of supernatural forces in the book that make it exciting. Around the edges, shadows move, and old symbols hide meanings. Stokes-Chapman skillfully strikes a balance between doubt and interest, leaving readers eager for more information.

      Engaging Plot Twists: The plot changes quickly just when you think you've solved the mystery. The unexpected links between characters and the surfacing of long-kept secrets keep the pages turning. Each turn is like a clue that leads you deeper into the mystery.

      Eerie Prologue: The tone is set by the prologue. It stays in the reader's mind and casts a shadow over the next chapters. Stokes-Chapman does a great job of making people feel uneasy.

      Well-Developed Protagonists: Dr. Henry Talbot, a disgraced London physician, serves as Lord Julian Tresilian's private physician in a Welsh village. His outsider status clashes with local superstitions as he investigates his predecessor's death, uncovering village secrets. Linette Tresilian, the unconventional mistress of Plas Helyg, deals with loneliness and haunted memories due to family tragedy, sensing something amiss in the village. Her character adds depth to the atmospheric setting and unfolding mystery.

      "The Shadow Key" is scary because it combines folklore, suspense, and well-drawn characters. Stokes-Chapman's beautiful writing makes you want to explore the past's hidden rooms, where keys hold both answers and dangers. Go into the shadows with this interesting book if you want a book that stays with you like a half-remembered dream.

      Genre: Gothic, Mystery, Paranormal

      This book is published locally (South Africa) by Penguin Random House SA

      Susan Stokes-Chapman was born in 1985 and grew up in the historic Georgian city of Lichfield, Staffordshire. She studied for four years at Aberystwyth University, graduating with a BA in Education & English Literature and an MA in Creative Writing. Her debut novel, Pandora, was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction prize 2020 and the Glass Bell Award and became an instant Sunday Times number-one bestseller. You can find Susan on Instagram and Twitter under the handle @SStokesChapman. Her website is www.susanstokeschapman.com.

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