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Moïra Fowley

author | artist | tarot reader


waterstones | amazon

The highly anticipated second book from the acclaimed author of The Accident Season is a gorgeous, twisty story about things gone missing, things returned from the past, and a group of friends who might need to give up more than they bargained for—unless they already have.

After the town’s summer bonfire party, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hairclips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something much bigger, something she won’t talk about, and Olive can’t stop feeling that her best friend is slipping away.

Then lost things start appearing. Fields are filled with odd treasures; the lake sparkles with trinkets; seductive diary pages written by a girl named Laurel show up all over town. And Olive finds Ivy, Hazel, and her brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in the nearby abandoned housing estate. Hazel and Rowan are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too, and like Rose, are holding tight to their secrets.

It’s the damp, tattered spellbook that changes everything. Full of mysterious hand-inked charms to make things go missing and to conjure back others, it might be their chance to find what they need to set everything back to rights. Unless it’s leading them toward secrets that were never meant to be found . . .

“Fowley-Doyle is herself a literary spell caster, conjuring up a suspenseful and sensual ambience in the forest on the edges of town and in the remains of bonfire revelry. […] This smart and sexy page-turner that readers will want to devour and share with their friends is a real find.” — School Library Journal

“Fowley-Doyle’s lush, atmospheric storytelling contrasts brilliantly with her characters’ teenage normalcy—drinking, skiving, and cursing while mostly loving their parents and sticking up for one another.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This complex, ambitious, magical novel is gripping and as the plot unfolds, it is unflinching in its portrayal of sexual experimentation, abuse and damaged lives. But beneath the darkness shines a life-affirming message of love and redemption.” — Daily Mail

“This is a superb book.” — The Irish Times

“Stunning and beautifully haunting. Myths, lust, magic, keys, charms and darkness all come together to create an unforgettable story.” — Melinda Salisbury, author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy

“Spellbook is reminiscent of a medieval tapestry in its color, complexity, and stylistic texture.” — VOYA

“This book is filled with mystery and the storytelling is as enchanting as the spell it contains.” — School Library Connection

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