The Shadow House

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Pub Date 28 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2021

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Description

When single mother Alex flees her abusive relationship and moves with her teenage son and baby girl to a rural ecovillage, she thinks she’s made the best decision of her life. Pine Ridge is idyllic: the off-grid lifestyle and remote location are perfect, and the community is welcoming – mostly. Charmed by its magnetic founder, Kit, and the natural beauty of the former farmland, Alex settles easily into her new home.

But her arrival at Pine Ridge disturbs barely submerged secrets, and she’s shaken by a series of eerily familiar events that seem to be connected to the abandoned farmhouse on the hill. Alex realises that, in escaping her own shadowy past, she may have stumbled into someone else’s. And this time, there may be nowhere to run.

From international bestselling thriller writer Anna Downes, The Shadow House lures you in and keeps you on edge at every turn.

When single mother Alex flees her abusive relationship and moves with her teenage son and baby girl to a rural ecovillage, she thinks she’s made the best decision of her life. Pine Ridge is idyllic:...


A Note From the Publisher

Anna Downes grew up in Sheffield, UK. She studied drama at Manchester before winning a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and moving to London to pursue an acting career that included credits in EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, and Dalziel and Pascoe, as well as a long-running stage production of The Dresser in London’s West End.

Anna’s bestselling debut novel, The Safe Place, was published simultaneously in Australia, the US and the UK in mid-2020. The Shadow House is her keenly anticipated second book. Anna now lives on the Central Coast with her husband and two children.

Anna Downes grew up in Sheffield, UK. She studied drama at Manchester before winning a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and moving to London to pursue an acting career that included credits...


Advance Praise

‘Anna Downes grips readers right from the beginning in this truly unsettling domestic horror tale. Her words are as haunting as the pine forests and rundown houses, and she hypnotises you with the beauty of the surrounds.’
Readings

‘Smart, polished, and tautly plotted, The Shadow House is yet another brilliant thriller from Anna Downes that will lure you in and keep you on edge with every twist and turn.’
Better Reading

‘Vivid, tense and troubling.’
Candice Fox

 ‘A thrilling novel with a fantastic setting and a plot that unfolds with a devastating resolution.’
Kayte Nunn

‘Anna Downes has got what it takes. The Shadow House is a smart and twisty thriller, with each beat of the plot timed to perfection.’
Kate Mildenhall

‘Anna Downes grips readers right from the beginning in this truly unsettling domestic horror tale. Her words are as haunting as the pine forests and rundown houses, and she hypnotises you with the...


Marketing Plan

The Safe Place has sold 16k+ on bookscan, despite being published during the worst of Covid lockdown when Anna couldn’t get out and about to promote it

•Set in rural NSW, The Shadow House is another bolt of accumulated tension from masterful Aussie writer Anna Downes

•Follows single mum Alex, as she flees an abusive relationship and seeks sanctuary in an idyllic eco village named Pine Ridge

•A crime thriller straight out of the top drawer, already with a major US deal, this book will consolidate Anna as the latest hot Aussie crime writer

•Anna oozes charisma and enthusiasm, and was a successful actor in the UK so will be a brilliant media and publicity performer

The Safe Place has sold 16k+ on bookscan, despite being published during the worst of Covid lockdown when Anna couldn’t get out and about to promote it

•Set in rural NSW, The Shadow House is another...


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