The Sin Eater
by Sarah Rayne

When Benedict Doyle finds himself the owner of his great-grandfather’s North London house, he is dismayed. For it was in that house, as a frightened eight-year-old, that the strange glimpses into his great-grandfather’s life began; eerie shutter-flash images that have gradually revealed sinister darkness in his family’s past.

Through those darkness runs the grisly thread of an old legend about a chess set – thirty-two carved figures believed to possess a dark power, but shut away in the forgotten library of a tumbledown Irish castle for many decades.

When Michael Flint, meeting Benedict in Oxford, starts to research his story, chilling facts begin to emerge – facts that suggest the old legend contains a disturbing reality.

And when Nell West – no stranger to the eeriness of old properties – begins to compile an inventory of Holly Lodge’s contents for her antique business, it seems that the chess set’s malevolence might be reaching out to the present.


“Rayne follows Property of a Lady with another strong take on classic ghost stories. The twists are often as melancholy as they are sudden”

Publishers Weekly

“Rayne keeps suspense simmering with controlled, intelligent prose and a provocative weave of haunted yarns”

Kirkus Reviews

“Rayne has a loyal following, and her latest novel is sure to give them plenty of thrills and chills”


Sarah Rayne

Sarah Rayne is the author of many novels of psychological and supernatural suspense, including the Nell West & Michael Flint series, the Phineas Fox mysteries and the Theatre of Thieves mysteries. She lives in Staffordshire.

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The Sin Eater by Sarah Rayne is available in the following formats

Paperback978184751425731st October 2012138 X 216mm272£13.99
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