Rowena Shawn is fed-up. She and her family have recently moved into a new house in a small English village. They've taken on a local builder, but his efforts to knock two cottages into the bigger single house she envisages is fraught with problems. The walls ooze damp, stains come through layers of wallpaper, ceilings sag, and strange noises - voices - emanate from empty rooms. And then there's her daughter, Eva, who has always been odd, but is now positively strange. Once fat, she appears to be starving herself, becoming thinner with each passing week. Neglected and unloved, Eva has formed a close and inappropriate attachment to the builder - too close some of the villagers think, and inappropriate because Pollock likes children just a little too much
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"I read it with great delight. A delicious page-turning treat."
Barbara Trapido||"Totally wonderful.Touchedmakes me mindful of Dylan Thomas, it's so poetic and haunting; Joanna Briscoe is a truly lovely writer"
Penny Vincenzi||"a ghost story interwoven with crime, love and horror. It works on every level..Touchedis a finely balanced creation, reminiscent ofThe Turn of the Screwby Henry James. Briscoe's prose is sensuous, poetic, light. The rhythm is delicately controlled. A strange, fascinating tale."
is a gripping novella, a waking nightmare in the home counties that is both erotic and claustrophobic. There's a woozy atmosphere of menace, a satirical stab at Britain's post-war commuter-belt aspirations, and an elegant, postmodern, cine-literate twist.Touched
has something ofThe Turn of the Screw, certainly, but with it, the brasher influence of Ira Levin, or Anthony Shaffer, screenwriter ofThe Wicker Man. .This is a haunting and disquieting parable"
Guardian||"that sense of suffocation and slowly creeping madness is something thatTouched- the latest novella from the Hammer horror imprint - expertly mines"
Daily Mail||"An old fashioned, scary horror story"
Sunday Mirror||"Haunting novella from Joanna Briscoe.a disorientating ride"