Why did I love this book?
A haunting tale based on local folklore, set in a remote village.
Robert and Juliet return to the family home bequeathed by Robert’s father. Their son Ewan enjoys playing in the field opposite the house, where Richard tries to locate the roots of the Stythwaite Oak, ignoring villagers’ warnings.
When he uncovers the remains of a hare, the story becomes surreal and magical. Ewan dies suddenly, and Juliet sinks into grief and withdraws from everyone, except a group known as The Beacons, which includes a medium. Following a seance, Juliet claims to have had a revelation of the truth of Ewan’s death (withheld from the reader).
The tension rises to a shocking, unexpected climax that suggests this is not the end of the story.