The Stopped Heart

A Novel

by Julie Myerson

On Sale: 03/29/2016

The Stopped Heart

A Novel

by Julie Myerson

On Sale: 03/29/2016


About the Book

Mary Coles and her husband, Graham, have just moved to a cottage on the edge of a small village. The house hasn’t been lived in for years, and they are drawn to its original features and surprisingly large garden, which stretches down into an apple orchard. It’s idyllic, remote, picturesque: exactly what they need to put the horror of the past behind them. A fresh start.

One hundred and fifty years earlier, a huge oak tree was felled in front of the cottage during a raging storm. Beneath it lay a young man with a shock of red hair, presumed dead—surely no one could survive such an accident. But the red-haired man was alive, and after a brief convalescence was taken in by the family living in the cottage and put to work in the fields. The children all loved him, but the eldest daughter, Eliza, had her reservations. There was something about the red-haired man that sat ill with her. A presence. An evil.

Back in the present, weeks after moving to the cottage and still drowning beneath the weight of insurmountable grief, Mary starts to sense there’s something in the house. Children’s whispers, footsteps from above, half-caught glimpses of figures in the garden. A young man with a shock of red hair wandering through the orchard.

Has Mary’s grief turned to madness? Or have the events that took place so long ago finally come back to haunt her?

Critical Praise

“Bloody brilliant.” — Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

“Beautifully written and cleverly told. . . . An extraordinarily potent experience and not one for the faint-hearted. . . . It’s the sort of book you cannot put down.” — The Guardian

“A heart-stopper: a luxuriously paced but utterly gripping tale. . . . Myerson layers her story like a dream.” — Metro (London)

“Increasingly gripping. . . . What Myerson writes about so well: that eerie sense when something is both familiar and unfamiliar.” — New York Times Book Review

“In this hair-raiser, Mary Coles moves to a country cottage that seems too good to be true. . .and it turns out, she’s right. Goose-bumps ensue.” — Cosmopolitan



Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443444583
  • ISBN 10: 1443444588
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 03/29/2016
  • Pages: 512
  • List Price:11.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / General

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