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The searchers took several hours to find the body, even though they knew roughly where to look. The whole hillside had collapsed, and there was water running off the moors and over the slick black rubble. The boy, they knew, was beyond their help.
This was a recovery, not a rescue.
A grim discovery brings DCI Lockwood to Gimmerton’s Heights Estate – a bleak patch of Yorkshire he thought he’d left behind for good. There, he must do the unthinkable, and ask questions about the notorious Earnshaw family.
Decades may have passed since Maggie closed the pits and the Earnshaws ran riot – but old wounds remain raw. And, against his better judgement, DCI Lockwood is soon drawn into a story.
A story of an untameable boy, terrible rage, and two families ripped apart. A story of passion, obsession, and dark acts of revenge. And of beautiful Cathy Earnshaw – who now lies buried under cold white marble in the shadow of the moors.’
This is a book I have dreamed of writing for years. I love Emily Brontë’s book and have read it many times. In doing this adaptation, I wanted to stay true to the darkness of the original book, and not be distracted by the common idea of Wuthering Heights as a great love story. Yes, it is a story of great passion – but it’s not love as we would know it, nor is Heathcliff a romantic hero.
I was so pleased to work with Alison on this book. She’s a terrific writer, and her background growing up not far from where the book is set was invaluable in doing justice to the time and place.
What people are saying about The Heights
‘I want to buy a copy for every book lover I know!’
‘A fantastically absorbing read’
‘It is gripping and dark and an absolute triumph!!’
‘Brilliantly done. Can’t wait for the next book!’
‘I would thoroughly recommend this book and have no hesitation in awarding it the richly deserved 5 stars.’
‘Edgy and compelling update of a classic’
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