The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse

the woman in the wood lesley pearse

Lesley Pearse's new novel is a passionate and sinister tale about a young woman in search of her brother. Enter to win one of 10 copies below.

Fifteen-year-old twins Maisy and Duncan Mitcham have always had each other. Until that fateful day in the wood…

One night in 1960, the twins awake to find their father pulling their screaming mother from the house. She is to be committed to an asylum. It is, so their father insists, for her own good.

It's not long before they, too, are removed from their London home and sent to Nightingales – a large house deep in the New Forest countryside – to be watched over by their cold-hearted grandmother, Mrs Mitcham. Though they feel abandoned and unloved, at least here they have something they never had before – freedom.

The twins are left to their own devices, to explore, find new friends and first romances. That is until the day that Duncan doesn't come back for dinner. Nor does he return the next day. Or the one after that.

When the bodies of other young boys are discovered in the surrounding area the police appear to give up hope of finding Duncan alive. With Mrs Mitcham showing little interest in her grandson's disappearance, it is up to Maisy to discover the truth. And she knows just where to start – the woman who lives alone in the wood about whom so many rumours abound. A woman named Grace Deville.

The Woman in the Wood is a powerful, passionate and sinister tale of a young woman's courage, friendship and determination from one of the world’s favourite storytellers.

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We've got 10 copies of The Woman in the Wood to give away. For a chance to win one, simply answer the question and fill out the form below.

This competition is sponsored by Michael Joseph and will close on Thursday 6 July.

All winners will be notified by email within three days of the competition closing.