Twelve-year-old Harriet is doing her best to grow up, which is not easy as her mother is permanently on medication, her father has silently moved to another city, and her serene sister rarely notices anything. All of them are still suffering from the shocking and mysterious death of her brother Robin twelve years earlier, and it seems to Harriet that the family may never recover. So, inspired by Captain Scott, Houdini, and Robert Louis Stevenson, she sets out with her only friend Hely to find Robin's murderer and punish him. But what starts out as a child's game soon becomes a dark and dangerous journey into the menacing underworld of a small Mississippi town.
'Beautifully measured prose that sets the scene draws us into the extraordinary story that lingers long in the mind.' (The Observer)
'You leave the book mesmerised by the world ... Brilliant.' (The Irish Independent)
'A dazzling tour de force.' (The Daily Mail)
'Beautifully written and immaculately crafted ... even though there's humour, the tension is palpable. Unputdownable.' (Daily Mirror)
'Harriet is one of the most engaging and rounded characters you are likely to find ... gorgeous, fluent, visual.' (The Times) -