From bestselling crime author Val McDermid comes the second book in The Austen Project, a modern
re-imagining of Jane Austen’s gothic classic
Seventeen-year-old Catherine ‘Cat’
Morland has led a sheltered existence in rural Dorset, a life entirely bereft
of the romance and excitement for which she yearns. So when Cat’s wealthy
neighbors, the Allens, invite her to the Edinburgh Festival, she is sure
Edinburgh initially offers no
such thrills: Susie Allen is obsessed by shopping, Andrew Allen by the Fringe.
A Highland Dance class, though, brings Cat a new acquaintance: Henry Tilney, a
pale, dark-eyed gentleman whose family home, Northanger Abbey, sounds perfectly
thrilling. And an introduction to Bella Thorpe, who shares her passion for
supernatural novels, provides Cat with a like-minded friend. But with Bella
comes her brother John, an obnoxious banker whose vulgar behavior seems
designed to thwart Cat’s growing fondness for Henry.
Happily, rescue is at hand.
The rigidly formal General Tilney invites her to stay at Northanger with son
Henry and daughter Eleanor. Cat’s imagination runs riot: an ancient abbey,
crumbling turrets, secret chambers, ghosts…and Henry! What could be more
But Cat gets far more than she
bargained for in this isolated corner of the Scottish Borders. The real world
outside the pages of a novel proves to be altogether more disturbing than the
imagined world within. Download and start listening now!