After spending six weeks in the hospital recovering from a car accident Charlotte Pearce is surprised when an Aunt she barely knows arrives to collect her. Her Father's been taken ill in France and her Mother has flown out to stay with him until he’s fit enough to return home. Meanwhile, Charlotte must go stay with her Aunt in her crumbling ruin of a house deep in the countryside.
Aunt Sarah has enough problems of her own as Charlotte’s young cousin Nick has mysteriously fallen from his bedroom window three days earlier and now lies comatose in a local hospital. On her first night Charlotte discovers that a star shaped object has been removed from a frame Nick had hanging in his room. One of the points is missing. But before she can ponder this for too long a strange vision of the boy appears in the bathroom mirror. Nick is standing on an old circular piece of stone out on the grounds known locally as the Penny Stone. He is clearly begging for her help and terrified of something lurking in the darkness behind him.
Any thoughts about a relaxing convalescence in the old house are short lived as she finds herself forced into a dangerous game where she has to piece together what she has to do to save Nick and many other children from a fate worse than death in less than a week. And with nothing more than a zany young cousin from Ireland for help.
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About the Author
Franz Kafka Prize, European Union Prize for Literature, Goethe Prize, The Hans Christian Anderson Award, …… these are just a few of the awards I'm never likely to win……. But I’m still doing something I love thanks to ebooks and ultimately that’s all that counts.
Born Camberwell London UK 1959 (OMG!!)
Grew up in Mitcham, Tooting and Clapham in London.
Have been writing as a hobby since Primary school. English was about the only thing I ever excelled at and writing for me was always on the cards even if I was generally too lazy to sit down and do it. If the lesson wasn't English I generally gazed out of the nearest window and thought about the universe. I only recently started making a real effort to write in the last five years or so as the mindless grip of the book agent is finally at an end and we all have a second chance.
My other serious Hobby is Photography.
Enjoy writing for the younger Teen Market as I still tend to think like a fourteen year old. Shame I haven’t got the legs to go with the outlook anymore, but it comes to us all. Also have a strong interest in the paranormal, especially out of body experiences. I have been plagued by them since my childhood and am in the process of putting the finishing touches to my new book, A simple Guide to the Out of Body Experience.
If I had the guts I’d like to be a stand up comic.
One of the worst sins in life is to take yourself too seriously.