This book was requested on Netgalley and was released 6th October, perfect for Halloween reads.
Written by Alison Littlewood, The Hidden People follows the Story of Albie, who, upon hearing of his cousin Lizzie’s death, travels to her hometown to find out why and how it happened.
Pretty Lizzie Higgs is gone, burned to death on her own hearth – but was she really a changeling, as her husband insists? Albie Mirralls met his cousin only once, in 1851, within the grand glass arches of the Crystal Palace, but unable to countenance the rumours that surround her murder, he leaves his young wife in London and travels to Halfoak, a village steeped in superstition.
Albie begins to look into Lizzie’s death, but in this place where the old tales hold sway and the ‘Hidden People’ supposedly roam, answers are slippery and further tragedy is just a step away…
A wonderfully written book, it left me searching under my bed and making sure windows and doors were firmly shut before I went to bed. The story of the Hidden People, or Faeries in this case, based of folklore, is beautifully creepy. Based in the Victorian era and seriously Gothic, surrounded by myth and legend, The Hidden People is a eerily wondrous book for cold nights under warm duvets.
Thinking she was a faerie, Lizzie has been burnt to death by her husband, still convinced he’s innocent, as do the rest of the village, who it turns out, believes in faeries most heartedly, egged on by an old woman with a young child, whom Albie believes may also be a faerie.
The more Albie digs, the more involved in faeries he becomes, even believing that his wife, Helena, is herself, possessed and a faerie since arriving in the village. Albies head is full of questions and accusations that it’s a wonder he doesn’t go mad!
The ending is surprising and is quite sudden, and was not what I was expecting at all. But thinking back to the story and writing my review, it does make sense.
I gave this book a 3 star review on Good reads, partly because it took me so long to get into the book and the swing of things. But would recommend this to anyone who loves a good horror story and although it is not a crime/mystery novel, there is an aspect of mystery to the story. And we’re never quite given a full answer to our questions.
If you’ve read The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood, do leave me a comment below, letting me know what you think.