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28 September 2021
RRP: $32.99
ISBN: 9781922419743
Hardback, 384 pages
234 x 153 mm

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The Shadow House

by Anna Downes

When single mother Alex flees her abusive relationship and moves with her teenage son and baby girl to a rural ecovillage, she thinks she’s made the best decision of her life. Pine Ridge is idyllic: the off-grid lifestyle and remote location are perfect, and the community is welcoming – mostly. Charmed by its magnetic founder, Kit, and the natural beauty of the former farmland, Alex settles easily into her new home.

But her arrival at Pine Ridge disturbs barely submerged secrets, and she’s shaken by a series of eerily familiar events that seem to be connected to the abandoned farmhouse on the hill. Alex realises that, in escaping her own shadowy past, she may have stumbled into someone else’s. And this time, there may be nowhere to run.

From international bestselling thriller writer Anna Downes, The Shadow House lures you in and keeps you on edge at every turn.

PRAISE for The Shadow House

‘A hair-raising mood piece.’
Kirkus Review

‘Vivid, tense and troubling.’
Candice Fox

Anna Downes has got what it takes.
The Shadow House is a smart and twisty thriller, with each beat of the plot timed to perfection.’
Kate Mildenhall

‘A thrilling novel with a fantastic setting and a plot that unfolds with a devastating resolution.’
Kayte Nunn

‘Visceral and compelling … The tension slowly ratchets as twist after twist is revealed, climaxing in an edge-of-the-seat finale that had me furiously turning the pages. A must-read!’
Sarah Pearse, author of The Sanitorium

‘A brilliantly written, dark and twisty page-turner, chilling and wonderfully claustrophobic from the very first page.’
Karen Hamilton

‘Vivid, atmospheric, and unsettling … With razor-sharp attention to detail and a setting that will give you chills, author Anna Downes skillfully explores themes of motherhood, relationships, and female instincts, all while maintaining a simmering tension that inevitably boils into brilliant twists and turns.’
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of The Girls Are All So Nice Here

‘Riveting and haunting … Downes captures the abject terror that can accompany motherhood. The Shadow House will keep you turning pages into the night.’
Mary Dixie Carter, author of The Photographer

‘Anna Downes grips readers right from the beginning in this truly unsettling domestic horror tale. Her words are as haunting as the pine forests and rundown houses, and she hypnotises you with the beauty of the surrounds.’

‘Smart, polished, and tautly plotted, The Shadow House is yet another brilliant thriller from Anna Downes that will lure you in and keep you on edge with every twist and turn.’
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About the Author

Anna Downes grew up in Sheffield, UK. She studied drama at Manchester before winning a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and moving to London to pursue an acting career that included credits in EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, and Dalziel and Pascoe, as well as a long-running stage production of The Dresser in London’s West End.

Anna’s bestselling debut novel, The Safe Place, was published simultaneously in Australia, the US and the UK in mid-2020. The Shadow House is her keenly anticipated second book. Anna now lives on the Central Coast with her husband and two children.