The Woman in the Wood
Publisher: Michael Joseph
14th June 2018
The Woman in the Wood is Lesley’s 25th novel, now published in paperback.
Fifteen-year-old twins Maisy and Duncan have always had each other. Until that fateful day in the wood…
1960: Maisy and Duncan Mitcham are woken one night to find their mother is being committed to an insane asylum. Soon after, their father packs them off to ‘Nightingales’, their grandmother’s country house in the New Forest. Cold and distant, she leaves them to their own devices to explore; a freedom they have never experienced before and which they love. That is, until the day Duncan doesn’t come home from the woods.
When the bodies of other young boys are discovered in the surrounding area the police appear to give up hope of finding Duncan alive and with Grandmother Mitcham showing little concern, it falls to Maisy to discover the truth. And she knows just where to start. The woman who lives alone in the woods. A woman called Grace Deville.
Praise for The Woman in the Wood
“The Woman In The Wood is a real page turner, a family story that is multi-layered just as you’d expect from Lesley Pearse, who is deservedly one of the world’s favourite story tellers.”
“It’s easy to see why Pearse has become one of the world’s favourite storytellers. This emotion-packed story, centred on one young woman’s courage, resilience, and dogged determination to find the truth behind her brother’s disappearance, blends crime, mystery, romance and social issues with acute precision and heartfelt passion.”
Further praise for Lesley Pearse
“Quintessential Lesley Pearse that will delight her army of readers”
“Full of love, passion and heartbreak”
“Another superb tale”
“Evocative, compelling, told from the heart”
About the Author
Lesley Pearse was told as a child that she had too much imagination for her own good. When she grew up she worked her way through many jobs – from corsetry sales in Cooks of St. Pauls (featured in Dead to Me), to bunny girl to nanny; from gift shop owner to dressmaker – finally finding her true vocation when she became a published author age 49. Since then Lesley has become an internationally bestselling author, with over 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.
A true storyteller and a master of gripping storylines, there is no set formula for a Lesley Pearse novel although strong heroines and difficult circumstances are pervasive. Whether historical adventures such as Gypsy or Never Look Back or the passionately emotive Trust Me, Lesley is inspired by stories of courage and adversity and often gives voice to women lost in history. She is passionate about her research and her stories have taken her far and wide; from Alaska to the Crimea. Lesley now lives just outside Torquay in Devon where she loves to spend time walking on the beach with her grandchildren and dogs.
A fantastic speaker and committed and passionate fundraiser for the NSPCC, Lesley is a much sought after guest at literary lunches, library events and festivals up and down the country. Lesley was also selected as the first Ambassador for National Libraries Day in 2014.