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.
What do you want? Ben Cassidy has strict instructions from his mother Cass: he must never go back to Darnshaw, his childhood home. Then an old friend dies unexpectedly, and he breaks this promise to attend her funeral. But Jessica died because of a game, Acheron. It promises to grant your deepest desire - for a price. Friendship. A finger. A murder. Your Soul. Acheron; Would you?
Mire House is dreary, dark, cold, and infested with midges. But when Emma Dean inherits it from a distant relation, she immediately feels a sense of belonging. It isn't long before Charlie Mitchell, grandson of the original owner, appears claiming that he wants to seek out his family. But Emma suspects he's more interested in the house than his long-lost relations. And when she starts seeing ghostly figures, Emma begins to wonder: Is Charlie trying to scare her away? Or are there darker secrets lurking in the corners of Mire House?