Touched by Joanna Briscoe

Touched

Joanna Briscoe

Rowena, mother of five, begins to unravel as her new home resists renovation and her children begin to disappear. This is a creepy and claustrophobic novella set in an idyllic village in the early 60s, best enjoyed in one sitting for maximum impact.

Extract

Wallpaper paste and old cigarettes scented the air. She gazed at the quirky white-and-yellow pattern, taking it all in, and there was a stain like a floater on her vision. She tried to resist it, lifting her eyes slowly and persuading herself it was a shadow. She looked again. A small stain had appeared where wall met ceiling, and she closed her eyes and stood very still and kept them closed. She pictured the old lady who had lived here, and starved herself here. This was an old lady’s house. An old lady called Evangeline Crale.

Parallels
  • The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
  • The Woman in Black by Susan Hill