Published by HQ in October 2019, and set in 1917 England, the story follows Stella Marcham, recently widowed, who goes to stay with her sister and brother-in-law at their stately home, Greyswick - but she arrives to discover a house of unease and her sister gripped by fear and suspicion. Aided by a wounded war veteran, Stella sets about uncovering Greyswick’s dark and terrible secrets – secrets the dead whisper from the other side…
On its release, the book garnered much praise, including being chosen as one of the Sunday Times' picks for their Historical Roundup; included in MyWeekly's Best Books of 2019 and was a Woman & Home Book Club pick for November 2019.
"A brilliantly gothic adventure - and the perfect winter page-turner."
"A welcome addition to the genre... [a] superior slice of gothic fiction."
“If you enjoyed The Woman In Black by Susan Hill read The Lost Ones by Anita Frank… a spine-tingling gothic tale of family tragedy, loss and redemption.”
"Dark and devilish."
"[An] eerie, emotionally supernatural tale."
"This spine-tingling debut from Anita Frank is... the perfect chilling read as the nights turn colder and longer."
The shortlist for the Glass Bell Award will be announced on Monday 11th June, with the winner to be revealed on Thursday 2nd July.
ABOUT THE GLASS BELL AWARD
Launched in 2017, the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award is awarded annually to an outstanding work of contemporary fiction, rewarding quality storytelling in any genre. The winner of the Glass Bell will receive £2,000 in prize money, and a handmade, engraved glass bell. The jury of ten consists of team members from Goldsboro Books, DHH Literary Agency and The Dome Press. There is no fee, or limit to the number of books that a publisher may submit, allowing both established and debut authors a chance to win. Previous winners are Chris Cleave, for Everyone Brave is Forgiven (Sceptre), John Boyne for The Heart’s Invisible Furies (Transworld) and Christina Dalcher for VOX (HQ).
To see the full longlist and read more about each author, click here.