Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Key in the Lock by Beth Underdown.
The Key in the Lock was published on 13th January 2022 by Viking.
‘I still dream, every night, of Polneath on fire…’
By day, Ivy Boscawen mourns the loss of her son Tim in the Great War. But by night she mourns another boy – one whose death decades ago haunts her still.
For Ivy is sure that there is more to what happened all those years ago: the fire at the Great House, and the terrible events that came after. A truth she must uncover, if she is ever to be free.
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A big thank you to Ellie Hudson and the publisher for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.
I really enjoyed this dark and gritty story by Beth Underdown which follows Ivy Boscawen as she mourns the tragic loss of her son Tim. Through the chapters we learn that Ivy is also mourning another loss, a loss that she has tried to forget.
The Key in the Lock is the perfect atmospheric book to read during the cold and dark winter months, which is exactly what I did. Set in 2 different periods, we learn about Ivy as a younger girl who lived with her doctor father and the night they were called to a house fire at the Great House that sadly resulted in the death of a seven year old boy.
Beth Underdown really sets up the mystery in the plot as you desperately try to learn more about the mysterious fire that seemed to have consumed Ivy’s life and I was eager to find out more by reading just one more chapter when I should really have been sleeping!
Ivy’s determination to find out what really happened that night is the core of the book. You can sense she really wants to know what happened but is also a little bit afraid of what she just might discover. The differences between young Ivy and the Ivy of 1918 are starkly different and you begin to wonder what secrets she is hiding or has kept hidden throughout the years.
A really enjoyable historical fiction that I couldn’t put down!
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About the Author
Beth Underdown was born in Rochdale in 1987. She studied at the University of York and then the University of Manchester, where she is now a Lecturer in Creative Writing.
The Witchfinder’s Sister was her debut novel, and is based on the life of the 1640s witch finder Matthew Hopkins.
She first came across him while reading a book about seventeenth-century midwifery. As you do.