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The Daughters of Foxcote Manor (Hardcover)
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Readers of Lisa Jewell and Simone St. James will delight in this haunting, touching story of mothers, daughters, and belonging--and the devastating lies families tell themselves in order to survive.
One of the New York Times "Novels of Suspense and Isolation"
One of The Washington Posts' Best New Audiobooks
One of Bustle's Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2020
One of PopSugar's Best Books of July
One of New York Posts Best Books of the Week
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An isolated forest estate.
A family with a terrible secret.
The discovery that changes everything.
England, 1970. On the one-year anniversary of the Harrington family's darkest night, their beautiful London home goes up in flames. Mrs. Harrington, the two children, and live-in nanny Rita relocate to Foxcote Manor, ostensibly to recuperate. But the creeping forest, where lost things have a way of coming back, is not as restful as it seems. When thirteen-year-old Hera discovers a baby girl abandoned just beyond their garden gate, this tiniest, most wondrous of secrets brings a much-needed sunlit peace, until a visitor detonates the family's tenuous happiness. All too soon a body lies dead in the woods.
Forty years later, London-based Sylvie is an expert at looking the other way. It's how she stayed married to her unfaithful husband for more than twenty years. But she's turned over a new leaf, having left him for a fresh start. She buried her own origin story decades ago, never imagining her teenage daughter would have a shocking reason to dig the past up--and to ask Sylvie to finally face the secrets that lead her back to Foxcote Manor.
About the Author
Eve Chase is the author of Black Rabbit Hall and The Wildling Sisters, and the pseudonym of journalist and novelist Polly Williams. She lives in Oxford, England with her husband and three children.
“Chase parcels out her clues slowly, without a hint of showiness. In the end, The Daughters of Foxcote Manor is not really about a murder, or a creepy house, but about families—the ones we’re born into, the ones we make and especially the ones we flee.” —The New York Times
“Like Lisa Jewell’s The Family Upstairs and Ruth Ware‘s The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Chase takes a haunted house and exposes its ghosts, all those things that were hoped to stay hidden in the walls...A compelling story about how the secrets we hide from one another in order to protect actually can cause more harm than good, but thankfully, fate always has a way of interceding." —Paperback Paris
"A captivating mystery: beautifully written, with a rich sense of place, a cast of memorable characters, and lots of deep, dark secrets.”
—Kate Morton, author of The Clockmaker’s Daughter
“Eve Chase is an extraordinary writer and The Daughters of Foxcote Manor is absolutely her best yet. No one creates families as complex, loveable and utterly believable as Chase and she is the master of the dual time frame narrative.”
—Lisa Jewell, author of The Family Upstairs
"Eve Chase is right up there with Tana French and Sarah Waters as an author who writes page-turning masterpieces that meld a vibrant sense of place with a heartbreaking cast of characters. I devoured her latest, and will be recommending it to everyone I know. Her plot twists floored me, and this haunting story will stay with me for a very long time."
—Fiona Davis, author of The Chelsea Girls
“I adored this beautifully-written, riveting mystery. Chase is peerless in her ability to stitch together dark secrets and tantalizing twists with unforgettable characters and enthralling imagery. I am a die-hard fan!”
—Rosie Walsh, author of Ghosted
"Gothic mystery The Daughters of Foxcote Manor by Eve Chase alternates between the past and the present to tell a story of mothers and daughters that's as chilling as it is moving." —PopSugar
"[An] atmospheric mystery...Ample foreboding and evocative prose propel things to a gratifying close. Gothic suspense fans will be delighted." —Publishers Weekly
"Chase deftly constructs a shadowy puzzle...A delicious mystery full of dark labyrinthine curves." —Kirkus Reviews
"Exploring family dynamics by using alternating timelines, Chase captivates readers, especially fans of Kate Morton, with eloquent prose and sympathetic characters." —Booklist
"Set in mysterious and witchy woods, The Daughters of Foxcote Manor is the perfect read for mystery lovers who prefer thrills without gore and violence." —BookPage
“Eve Chase’s novels are about glamorous families with tragic pasts, set in wonderful locations. Her writing is rich and her stories full of dreamy mystery…This gorgeous meditation on motherhood is one of my favourite reads so far this year.” —Daily Mail
“This wonderfully evocative mystery chronicles the relationships among three mothers and their daughters and the secrets they’ve buried.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
"In The Daughters of Foxcote Manor, Eve Chase brings readers a richly crafted set of characters, and then places them in a delightfully decrepit house sitting in an eerie forest with a dark atmosphere...Told in chapters then and now, the past slowly creeps into the future, and the lives of the characters intertwine intricately, leaving readers with a sense of awe. This book is a pleasure and a thrill. The marvelous discoveries unfold right up to the last page, where the perfect ending resides." —BookReporter.com
"Chase’s mastery of language is impressive, and her concrete images pack a considerable punch with their freshness and emotional resonance...A web of intricate threads links characters in both timelines, leading to a satisfying ending. Sure to please fans of Kate Morton and Diane Setterfield." —Historical Novels Review
"Devilishly atmospheric...Chase builds a narrative laden with twists rendered so cleverly that readers likely will not foresee them. She does so with deeply formed characters, a setting guaranteed to evoke unease and prose that amplifies the ominous events. But Chase does not stop with an engaging tale. Her portrait of mothers and daughters...delves intensely into connections that can be as fraught as those between fathers and sons. With profound but restrained passion typical of Britons, Chase creates a rewarding, disturbing tale of transgressions of commission and omission, with a measure of redemption born of her innate decency and empathy." —Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Utterly captivating, this is a glorious dream of a novel - an irresistible story of family secrets, beautifully written.”
—Emma Rous, author of The Au Pair
“Bewitching and beguiling. . . . As suspenseful as the mistress of psychological drama, Daphne Du Maurier. Chase is simply brilliant.” —Veronica Henry, author of How to Find Love in a Bookshop
"I adored The Daughters of Foxcote Manor by Eve Chase. Sublime writing, secrets, lovable characters I didn’t want to leave, and a ripping twisting plot that kept me guessing. An absolute jewel of a book.” —Dinah Jefferies, author of The Sapphire Widow
“If you like your mysteries atmospheric then I highly recommend The Daughters of Foxcote Manor...Beautiful, transportive writing.” —Erin Kelly, author of We Know You Know and He Said She Said
“I just love Eve Chase’s lyrical writing and evocative sense of place. The Daughters of Foxcote Manor is her best yet…A treat.” —Louise Candlish, bestselling author of Our House
“So beautifully and insightfully written, with characters I grew to love populating a compelling, moving story that kept me turning the pages right to the very last. Chase handles the various unexpected ways our earliest experiences shape and define us with huge empathy and sensitivity. It's an evocative and engrossing read.” —Katherine Webb, author of The Legacy
“Evocative and beautifully written The Daughters of Foxcote Manor sucked me into a mystery as atmospheric and densely packed with secrets as the forest in which it's set.” —Rachel Rhys, author of Fatal Inheritance
“Rich, gripping, intriguing, beautifully written, diving deep into emotional truths, The Daughters of Foxcote Manor is an assured and lovely novel” —Elizabeth Buchan, author of Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman