Ten years after the young people camped at Wyvis Hall, the bodies of a woman and child are found in the animal cemetry. Which woman? Whose child?
- From the 1988 Penguin paperback edition
- Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award, 1987
- BBC Television, 1992
- Chivers Audiobook, 09/1989. Read by William Gaminara.
- Adam's explorations into the meaning of Suffolk words such as 'pytle' in Chapter 6 are paralleled by similar investigations in The Chimney Sweeper's Boy.
- The TV adaptation switches from a 1976/1986 setting to a 1979/1989 one.
For Caroline and Richard Jefferiss-Jones with love from Barbara
"Hard to put down and powerfully atmospheric. This is a superb book, tough and uncompromising."
A magnificent achievement. While the creation and resolution of the central mystery -- who is buried in the woods? -- is managed with unmatched skill, the true achievement here is the evocation of place and character, making events that might seem melodramatic in lesser hands utterly real, and evoking our sympathy for individuals who we more than suspect of brutal murder.