The Honey and the Sting

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England, 1628. Forcibly seduced by the powerful George Villiers, doctor’s daughter Hester is cast aside to raise her son alone and in secret. She hopes never to see Villiers again. Melis’s visions cause disquiet and talk. She sees what other people can’t – and what has yet to be. She’d be denounced as a witch if Hester wasn’t so carefully protective. Young Hope’s beauty marks her out, drawing unwelcome attention to the family. Yet she cannot always resist others’ advances. And her sisters cannot always be on their guard. When Villiers decides to claim his son against Hester’s wishes, the sisters find themselves almost friendless and at his mercy. But the women hold a grave secret. The question is, will what they know be their undoing or their salvation? Because in the right hands, a secret is the deadliest weapon of all.

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‘A lush, thrilling page-turner humming with its own exquisite dark beauty. I loved it!’ Eve Chase, author of The Glass House
‘Fremantle builds the tension with delicious skill in this page-turning thriller’ Times

The compelling, transfixing novel about the bond between three sisters from the author of The Poison Bed
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Three sisters.
Three secrets.
Three ways to fall . . .

George Villiers is rich, powerful and has the King’s ear. Doctor’s daughter Hester is a mere servant – to be cast aside when he has done with her, especially since she is pregnant.

Returning to her family, Hester vows that Villiers will never lay eyes on their son. She and her sisters Melis and Hope will protect the boy.

But Villiers is a man who will not be defied. He will claim his son – and the secret letters he believes Hester has stolen.

What can three defenceless women do against one very powerful man?

Yet secret letters are a weakness – and, in the right hands, a weapon . . .
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‘Rich and fascinating’ Guardian

‘Wonderfully inventive and darkly satisfying, this story of three sisters resonates with myth and mystery’ Andrew Taylor, bestselling author of The Ashes of London

‘Gripping and page-turning. Propels a trio of vivid women towards their complex destinies . . . Hugely enjoyable’ V.B. Grey, author of the forthcoming Tell Me How It Ends

Additional information

Weight 0.266 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.3 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

370

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K