A long lost letter puts Edie Burchill on a path to discovering her mother’s secret past. During World War II Edie’s mother, Meredith, is one of scores of children shipped to the countryside to escape Hitler’s bombing of London. There she is taken in by Raymond Blythe and his three daughters at Milderhurst Castle.
The eldest daughters, Percy and Saffy, are twins from Raymond’s first marriage. Youngest daughter Juniper, from his second, inherited the literary talent of her father, a renowned author, but also suffers from a bit of his madness. When Juniper’s fiancé abandons her, her tenuous grasp of reality further unravels. Juniper’s sisters try their best to protect and care for their little sister.
When Edie is invited to write an introduction to the 50th anniversary edition of Raymond Blythe’s famous novel, The True History of the Mud Man, she visits Milderhurst Castle to interview the Blythe sisters. Along the way she will uncover the true story behind the masterpiece, a host of other family secrets and a deeper understanding of her mother. Kate Morton’s mysterious Gothic tale, reminiscent of a Daphne du Maurier novel, will keep you enthralled until the end.