The Morrow Secrets is a brand new title in the young-adult gothic genre from British author Susan McNally. It is a spellbinding story which takes the reader on a rollercoaster of delight through the dark and mysterious world of the Morrow family.
The eerie first instalment of the trilogy is steeped in mystery and suspense, set in a rambling house with a host of characters and weird servants called shroves. It immerses readers, young and old, in a tale full of intrigue, mystery and the unknown. It can be both scary and seductive, with hauntings and strange creatures galore; and keeps readers flicking through the pages as fast as they can!
The tale centres on Tallitha Mouldson, a headstrong girl determined to unearth the tantilising secrets of her family’s past. The Morrow Secrets contains over 50 delightfully depicted characters and the story’s setting is just as lifelike. From the rambling old house of Winderling Spires to the sinister castle, Hellstone Tors, Susan McNally’s book is filled with a wonderful sense of the macabre. She draws her inspiration from the hidden corners of the British landscape from the Lake District to North Yorkshire where she retreated to write the books. Her detailed descriptions allow the reader to imagine the ghoulish mausoleum, the terrifying Black Hounds and lose themselves in the Startling Caves.
It’s testament to Susan and the power of her imagination that she has managed to craft such a brilliant book within a genre that is so well-trodden. Her debut novel throws readers into the sublime and suspenseful vast world of magic and mystery, creatures and castles, whilst managing to sound fresh and unique at the same time.
Tallitha’s amazing adventures, accompanied by her brother Tyaas, uncover the eerie secrets of her family, eventually stumbling upon startling revelations.
Susan McNally's love of books and haunting tales began in her early childhood spent in the north of England. Her parents were inspiring story tellers, recounting ghost stories and fairy tales which ignited her life-long love of fantasy and mystery genres.
After building a successful career in business she was inspired to write her first novel after purchasing an old Edward Ardizzone print from a children's book. This evocative print rekindled the memory of Susan's perfect day, playing outside, then reading for hours, lost in the wonder of her story books.
Writing her novel, that's what Susan wanted to recreate, a gripping tale and a fantastic epic adventure story that children could not put down. She wanted to transport them to a strange, make-believe world full of weird characters and a girl with paranormal powers who had to unearth a dark family secret. So began the idea for The Morrow Secrets...
Susan lives in North London with her husband and any one of their four children who happen to be passing through.
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