The eagerly awaited new novel by the author of LADY OF HAY and HOUSE OF ECHOES is the story of a Pictish woman trapped in the wrong time. When she is abandoned by her twentieth century lover, she plots a terrible revenge on him and his family.
Adam is only fourteen years old when his mother is sent away and he is left in the harsh hands of his father, an authoritarian Presbyterian minister, in their lonely manse in the Highlands of Scotland. Running wild in the mountains, he often visits an isolated stone cross, rumoured to be Pictish. It is there he meets Brid, a girl of his own age, and they become playmates, then friends and finally, as time passes, passionate lovers. Sometimes – is it real or is he dreaming? – he finds himself going back through the gateway in time, which is marked by the cross, to Brid’s home in the sixth century. There he sees glimpses of her family’s life in a community where the druids are in growing conflict with Christian newcomers. Eventually, violence erupts and Brid and her brother become caught up in the fray. Herself apprenticed to the old faith, Brid is in terrible danger, and, in the end, only escapes death by leaping forward in time. Will she be trapped in the twentieth century forever, or can she ever return to the past?
Adam grows up and goes away to Edinburgh to study, leaving Brid alone and distraught. As time passes he forgets her, making different friends, including the woman who will become his wife. Brid, consumed with rage and jealousy at this perceived betrayal, pursues him, from Scotland to Wales, where he makes his home, determined to wreak her revenge. Across fifty years and three generations, Brid will haunt Adam and his family like a curse. It is only Adam’s grandchild, Beth, who will discover the secret that will free them all.
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‘Stephen King meeting Ruth Rendell’
‘Fascinating and chilling’
‘Readers of Barbara Erskine are held in thrall’
‘A novel to get tucked into’
The exciting new novel by the author of Lady of Hay
A compelling story of a woman trapped in the wrong time, and a powerful, deadly curse that haunts three generations without mercy...
Adam Craig is fourteen when, near an isolated Celtic stone in the wild Scottish Highlands, he meets Brid, whose exotic, gypsy-like dress and strange attitudes fascinate him. They become friends and, in time, passionate lovers. She leads him, unsuspecting, into the sixth century where - training as a Druid priestess - she has mastered their ancient mysteries and powerful, dangerous magic.
In her obsession with Adam, Brid is seen as a traitor by her people, only escaping death by following Adam to Edinburgh when he leaves home to study medicine.
As the years pass, Adam makes new friends, and finds new love. But Brid, consumed by jealousy, haunts him like an evil shadow until, fifty years on, Adam's granddaughter, Beth, helps him discover the secret that will free them from the terror of Brid's curse.
Praise for Barbara Erskine:
'Stephen King meeting Ruth Rendell' Frank Delaney
'Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable' The Times
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Book Description HARPERCOLLINS, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110002245396
Book Description HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2245396