Witchcraft, murder and secrets... A terrifically creepy and claustrophobic thriller from the Costa Book Awards shortlisted author.
The year is 1646, tales of witches, murder and changelings are rife and a dark era is about to begin…
Barnaby Nightingale is the perfect son; Strong, handsome, daring, everything his father wants him to be, and yet for his mother, Frances, he will never be the son she desires. Frances believes that her real son was taken from her as a baby by the local village folk who believed him to be a changeling, and Barnaby left in his place. Constantly disappointing his mother, Barnaby is spoiled by his father and despised by his younger brother, Abel.
But when the beautiful and mysterious Naomi catches Barnaby's attention his world is thrown into chaos as superstition and dark folklore take hold of the small village and Naomi is accused of being a witch. Fear and suspicion spread and soon Barnaby finds himself on trial too and facing the ultimate penalty… death.
Praise for The Hanged Man Rises
"A thoroughly enjoyable page-turner." We Love This Book
"A fast-paced gothic horror for children... educational as well as entertaining" Families
"very promising debut" Serendipity Reviews
'A tense thriller...a rich mix of intrigue and the macabre' Books For Keeps
"Chilling and addictive…a fantastic debut"The Bookbabblers
"A beautifully evoked, gripping, Victorian chiller which will appeal to boys and girls." Costa Book Awards 2013, Judges comments
Sarah Naughton was born in 1975 and grew up in Dorset. She escaped to London aged 17 to study English at UCL, and has lived there ever since. She spent 10 years writing ads before giving up to have children. The Hanged Man Rises is her first novel and she is currently writing a second. She lives in South London with her husband and two sons.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (February 27, 2014)