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A Cruel Twist of Fate

H. F. Askwith

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Penguin Books Ltd
23 January 2024
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And Then There Were None meets The Inheritance Games, with a heavy dash of The Woman in Black, in this gloriously gothic YA mystery-thriller.

When seventeen-year-old Helena is sent to be a governess at Archfall Manor - a beautiful but crumbling manor house, perched at the edge of a causeway in the North Sea - she feels confident she will know how to deal with the esteemed but eccentric Cauldwell family who own it. But it quickly becomes clear that the Cauldwells are hiding more than Helena could ever have dreamed of.

A series of sinister events come to a head the night of a great storm, which washes away the only path back to the mainland - and reveals in the morning that there has been a murder... quickly followed by another.

Suspicions and paranoia quickly run rampant. Someone has dark motivations in mind - and a killer's instinct to enact them.

But the Cauldwell's aren't the only ones keeping secrets. Helena has a very important one of her own - and soon she begins to wonder whether forces beyond her control might be willing her to enact her own dark plan . . .

Just how far will she go to get what she deserves?

Imprint:   Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   223g
ISBN:   9780241629642
ISBN 10:   0241629640
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 14 to 17 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

H.F. Askwith is a British writer of dark fantastical fiction, and the author of A Dark Inheritance. She gained a Distinction in her Masters in Creative Writing, and in addition to her writing, H.F. Askwith has a love of puzzles, escape rooms and cyphers, which in turn has influenced her work.

Reviews for A Cruel Twist of Fate

"Praise for A Dark Inheritance: ""A powerful, heart-racing story of family, fate, and writing your own destiny. Intricately plotted and luminously written - I loved it"" * Laura Steven, author of The Society for Soulless Girls *"

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