In the early days of World War Two, Hetty, a museum curator and evacuee, arrives at Lockwood Manor with part of the National History Museum's collection. Yet there are strange goings-on and when Hetty feels like she is being stalked, the book takes a ghostly turn. This hypnotic tale will keep you emotionally invested to the end.
With London likely to face aerial bombardment, the mammal collection of a big natural history museum is despatched to a home counties mansion for safekeeping. Accompanying the taxidermy specimens is Hetty Cartwright, a dedicated young curator determined they will survive the war unharmed. In her new home, she encounters the thinly veiled hostility of Lord Lockwood, but embarks on an unexpected affair with his troubled daughter Lucy. Long-suppressed secrets emerge as Hetty seeks the truth about Lockwood Manor and its inhabitants in a story that, while never less than engaging, sometimes struggles to combine romance and gothic mystery successfully.