Historical fiction

Writing as Victoria Hawthorne

The House at Helygen

April 2022 | Quercus

An atmospheric historical suspense novel rich with familial secrets and strong female protagonists. The House at Helygen is a twisted tale of dark pasts, murderous presents and uncertain futures.

When Henry Fox, the owner of a grand estate in Cornwall, is found shot dead, the police rule it a suicide. But his pregnant wife, Josie, believes it was murder. Desperate to make sense of Henry’s death she embarks on a quest to learn the truth, all under the watchful eyes of Henry’s old-fashioned and overbearing mother.

Helygen House has always been passed down to the eldest male heir, a tradition which sparked a dark path for its inhabitants in the 1800s, the consequences of which are still felt by the Fox family today. Narrated by Josie in the present day and Harriet and Eliza in the 1800s, this is a story about the strength and endurance of women, and of past secrets that echo across generations.

Out 14th April 2022

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