I fell head over heels in love with this enchanting novel. The writing is simply stunning, the story haunting, and the characters absolutely terrific. What an amazing writer! It was a joy to immerse myself in the secrets, the temptations and the heat. Every now and then you read a special book and this is one. Spell-binding, heart-stopping and touching on depths we all have within us but can't always articulate. I can't tell you how much I loved it (Dinah Jefferies Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of The Tea Planter’s Wife)
Each thread in these two interweaving stories is so richly described, each character so tenderly rendered, the setting just so blindingly vivid - I was lost in it, like a beautiful dream - and I never wanted it to end. Eve Chase deserves to be lauded as one of the most poetic and enthralling novelists of the moment. This is the most beautiful book you will read this year (Lisa Jewell Sunday Times bestselling author of I Found You)
An enticing, chilling plot, captivating characters and prose beautiful enough to totally lose yourself in. This book is the dream (Isabelle Broom Heat)
Evocative and filled with subtle intrigue. I so enjoyed it (Clare Mackintosh Sunday Times bestselling author of I See You)
The writing is beautiful - characteristically exquisite and evocative - and the pace and suspense handled expertly. This is an assured novel: richly poetic, immersive, affective. It even made me cry at the end (Sarah Vaughan author of Anatomy of a Scandal)
A long hot summer, a Cotswolds manor house fallen into ruin, a dark secret hidden since the 1950s . . . all perfect ingredients for an addictive read, and The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde delivers atmosphere in spades (Good Housekeeping)
What happens at Applecote Manor has repercussions that stretch tentacles into the present day . . . A mystery of nail-biting suspense (Woman & Home)
I'm really in awe of Chase's power of description. It is magical and she sharpens every sense (Veronica Henry Daily Express)
The bonds of sisterhood will tested and an unthinkable choice will have a decades-long legacy . . . step back in time for a mystery of breathtaking suspense (No. 1 Magazine)
From the Inside Flap
From the present day . . .
Applecote Manor captivates Jessie with its promise of hazy summers in the Cotswolds. She believes it's the perfect escape for her troubled family. But the house has an unsettling history, and strange rumours surround the estate.
To the fifties . . .
When teenage Margot and her three sisters arrive at Applecote in the heatwave of '59, they find their aunt and uncle still reeling from the disappearance of their daughter Audrey five years before.
The sisters are drawn into the mystery of Audrey's vanishing - until the stifling summer takes a shocking, deadly turn. Will one unthinkable choice bind them together, or tear them apart?
Step back in time for a richly evocative mystery, where the beauty of a Cotswolds summer is vividly contrasted with the violence which shatters it.