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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (7 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002257858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002257855
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of many bestselling novels that demonstrate her interest in both history and the supernatural, plus three collections of short stories. Her books have appeared in at least twenty-six languages. Her first novel, Lady of Hay, has sold over two million copies worldwide. She lives with her family in an ancient manor house near Colchester and in a cottage near Hay-on-Wye.

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‘Readers of Barbara Erskine are held in thrall’
Woman’s Realm

‘Stephen King meeting Ruth Rendell’
Frank Delaney

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Hiding From The Light is a fantstic tale of romance and suspense. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Jackie. on 28 May 2003
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I have enjoyed every book that Barbara Erskine has written and Hiding from the Light is in my opinion another winner!
I could not put it down for long,.
It is an 'on the edge of your seat' story about Emma who feels
compelled to buy an old cottage in the village that she remembers from her childhood days. As she settles in there, Emma begins to hear voices in her head and share someone else's memories. That 'someone else' being a witch from the 1600's. The story progresses into supernatural happenings which have you biting your nails and the past and present collide, with dramatic results. My only negative thought on the whole book is that it did seem to end too simply. But,it was brilliant. I loved it!!!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. Morris on 25 May 2003
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wow this book is addictive! i have read quite a few barbara erskine books with this one being the latest and managed to read it within a week. I just couldn't put it down and oh it can scare you! just like midnight is a lonely place this book is about ghosties and things that go bump in the night in the deep essex countryside. I wont go into too much detail just to say that it is halloween in the book, there are witches and a witchfinder general all back for revenge! enter a good looking vicar ,an independent ex-london girl and a local modern day witch -this book keeps you gripped right up till the last page! if you like ghost stories, romance and good v's evil this book should be for you! buy it !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 April 2003
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I had real trouble putting this book down, Barbara Erskine followers will love this one. Very atmospheric and I actually felt I was in Essex with Sarah, Emma and Lyndsey. The plot was good, although I found Alex rather a wimp and slightly annoying. Basically I would recommend this book and was pleased Erskine has recovered her usual standard as I was disappointed with the ending of Whispers in the Sand.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have been a fan of this author ever since I read her wonderful bestselling book, "Lady of Hay". So, I looked forward to reading this, her latest book, which has supernatural portents and characters from another place and time.
In this book, the mid-seventeenth century and the present converge. Ghosts from the time of Oliver Cromwell, when Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, unjustly persecuted women in some rural communities in North Essex for being witches, are stirring. With Halloween on the horizon, it is only a matter of time before they make their presence felt.
Emma Dickinson, a high-powered business executive finds herself inexorably drawn to a quaint cottage in a rural community in North Essex, where, as a child, she had spent some time. Leaving behind her lover and significant other, she buys her dream cottage, which long ago belonged to a herbalist named Liza who met her end at the hands of the Witchfinder General. When Emma moves into the cottage, she begins having a series of nightmares of a past that she cannot bear to remember.
Unbeknownst to her, Mike Sinclair, the handsome new rector of her parish, likewise finds himself consumed by images of the past. A voice in his head interjects concepts and feelings that are alien to Mike. He is at a loss to explain what is happening and does not know that he is barreling towards a climax that will be decisive in determining whether the forces of evil or good will prevail.
The author, a master storyteller, weaves a tale that is engaging, but the quality of the writing, however, is uneven, and some of the characters are not fully-fleshed. Moreover, the book could have benefited from some better editing. Nonetheless, while the book falls somewhat short of the standards that this author herself has set, it is still a moderately entertaining book that fans of the author will, in some measure, enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 July 2010
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which will have you reading and reading until before you know where you are, you will have finished the book.

Emma is living in London with Piers her boyfriend when one day whilst at the Dentists she opens a copy of a magazine and sees estate agents details for a cottage in Mistley near Manningtree in Essex. She is suddenly seized by a desire to go and look at the property even though Piers is an avid townie and swears he will never leave London.

To cut to the chase then, Emma buys the cottage and moves down to Essex sans Piers but with her two cats. She has named the cottage Liza's cottage as she remembers seeing it as a child and always being fascinated with it. The old occupant and I mean old, circa 17th century speaks to Emma but this is the start of something that is malevolent not benign. Soon a local girl called Lyndsey starts to harrass Emma as she feels that she is upsetting the balance of things. Things being the decommisioned church and church yard opposite Liza's which reputedly holds the grave of
Matthew Hopkins the notorious Witchfinder General.

Now, this bit may or may not be true as I have actually been to the place living locally and although there are no signs of a church left there are a couple of graves in what is now a small paddock where sheep graze. The place does feel rather odd though I have to say.

The novel shoots along rapidly gaining momentum all the time until there is a final battle twixt good and evil involving the Rector, Emma, The local Cunning Man and Lyndsey the self styled Wiccan whose interference has led to one death and two possessions.
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