Since moving into an apartment in Boothgate House in the Yorkshire city of Eborby Lydia Brookes has been having nightmares, but always the same one. She discovers that Boothgate House prior to being converted into a luxury apartment building was formerly known as Havenby Hall, an asylum for the insane, and it was here that the serial killer Peter Brockmeister was sent on his release from prison in 1978. Three years later Havenby Hall was closed.
Taking a call from her senior partner whilst in the park with her small daughter Daisy, solicitor Melanie Hawkes takes her eyes off Daisy for a few minutes and Daisy is gone.
Investigating both a burglary reported by Lydia Brooks, and the kidnapping of Daisy Hawkes, DI Joe Plantagenet learns that at the time of the kidnapping Melanie Hawkes was looking into suspicious events at Havenby Hall on behalf of a client.
When by chance Lydia Brooks comes face to face with her nightmare which links back to Havenby Hall, Lydia decides to do some research herself, and uncovers some disturbing information. While Joe Plantagenet's investigations reveal the sickening truth about Havenby Hall, the knowledge places Joe in terrible danger.
Kate Ellis has woven a fascinating mystery as several seemingly unrelated matters lead back to the sinister past of Havenby Hall, and the death of Peter Brockmeister in mysterious circumstances. Incredibly spine chilling this is a real page turner. Although sometimes so creepy, I was almost fearful of turning the page. Highly recommended.