Heather Keynes’ teenage son died in a tragic car accident. Or so she thinks. However, deep in the wilds of the Devon countryside, an ancient evil has awoken … and is intent on hunting the residents of Abbotts Cromleigh.
No one is safe.
When Heather delves into a series of coincidental deaths, she is drawn reluctantly into the company of an odd group of elderly Guardians. Who are they, and what is their connection to the Great Oak? Why do they believe only Heather can put an end to centuries of horror? Who is the mysterious old woman in the forest and what is it that feeds her anger?
When Heather determines the true cause of her son’s death, she is hell-bent on vengeance. Determined to halt the march of the Crone once and for all, hatred becomes Heather’s ultimate weapon. Furies collide in this twisted tale of murder, magic and salvation.
Praise for Crone by Jeannie Wycherley
“Kept me gripped right until the end.
“a real page-turner, atmospheric, with twists and turns and a dizzying climax!”
“Nothing was certain or predictable. A dark and dangerous read
rooted in a world that’s real and recognisable but takes you into truly magical realms.”
“One of those stories that taps into natural fears.”
“Stunningly atmospheric ! Gothic & timeless.”
“Crone is a really good horror read. For a debut novel, it is impressive.”
“Incredibly twisty and dark but also beautiful and lyrical, this book is one that you won’t want to put down.”
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I was never meant to be anything other than a writer. I did try though! After leaving school I was a stage manager (read The Fly Man by Betty Gabriel and you’ll understand), and then I worked as a library assistant (shelving books for hours was my idea of heaven), but eventually I went back into education, worked for my PhD, and then taught or worked in management until 2012.
Redundancy gave me a new lease of life and I began to write as Betty Gabriel, and had a little success. I have a string of horror and dark fantasy short stories to my credit. I love working in these genres, especially as a woman. There’s so much that hasn’t been done, so many unexplored possibilities, so the options are endless! I love playing with words and twisting situations and finding a truth in a dark place.
My inspiration comes from everywhere, a word here, a look there. But mainly for me, it’s the landscape. I’m fortunate to live in a glorious part of Devon, UK where I have it all: rocky coast, pebble and sand beaches, winding lanes and picture perfect cottages, cliffs and forest. A good day for me means a blustery wind, racing waves and salty rain. I live here with my husband and three dogs, make a lot of soup and play a lot of Runescape.