‘The devil walks . . . But the devil can make no headway if he has no help. We must invite him in . . .’
Raised in secrecy by a mother everyone thinks has gone mad, Daniel’s only link to his past is the intricately built model of the family home – High Gates. The dolls’ house is perfect in every detail.
As Daniel is reunited with the last remaining member of his family – his ‘uncle’ Severin, who bears an uncanny resemblance to a sinister wooden doll he has found hidden in the house, he begins to suspect that this vicious, haunted puppet of a figure has a chilling influence, bringing cruelty and spite in its wake.
Now Daniel’s very life is at risk as his uncle is determined to get his hands on the figure . . .
The menace builds throughout in this deliciously creepy Gothic tale.
“Anne Fine is right on top form in The Devil Walks, a page-turning sinister tale where the tension mounts to the very end . . . Now read on! A splendid child’s introduction to the gothic” (Marilyn Brocklehurst The Bookseller)
“A superb and subtle writer . . . a joyful marriage of style and content . . . The Devil Walks is immediately a classic in its own right” (Mal Peet Guardian)
“It is a pitch-perfect Gothic thriller” (Daily Telegraph)
“Recommended, but not for a dark and stormy night” (Financial Times)
“Crackling with suspense, The Devil Walks is a dense psychological thriller set in a richly imagined past. Moody and unsettling, it is filled with intrigue and uncertainty to keep the readers guessing until the last page” (Jake Hope The Bookseller)
A truly terrifying horror tale from multi-award-winning author Anne Fine.