This book is about a girl called Henry (short from Henrietta) who has just moved to a new house called Hope House. She has moved with her family because her brother died and they wanted to start a new life.
Mysterious things start to happen at Hope House – mama gets sick; dad is abroad; Nanny Jane is looking after Henry’s younger sister Piglet; the doctor insists on mum’s door being locked; a strange, limping man keeps appearing and Henry keeps seeing smoke coming from the woods.
When Henry goes into the woods for the first time, she meets a strange, witch who one day looks after her when she gets a cold. This sparks an unusual friendship between the two.
What happened to Henry’s brother Robert?
What is wrong with Mama?
Why does the doctor lock mama away?
You’ll have to read the book to get the answers!
I recommend this book to age 10+ readers who like suspense and mystery and a bit of magic. I give it 10/10.