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Cuckoo by Sophie Draper

Sophie Draper's psychological thriller, Cuckoo, has a strong modern gothic feel to it. A frightened young woman, alone in a large house full of secrets, set in a dark, foreboding landscape. An inheritance, a smouldering love interest, a wicked stepmother. A ghostly child, hostile villagers and a lake shrouded in fog. It's all there.
Caro Crowther, the nervous, vulnerable protagonist. is reunited with her older sister Steph at their funeral of their stepmother Elizabeth, who brought them up after their father's early death and has now died from a fall. Neither sister has any affection for the late Elizabeth, and Caro and Steph haven't spoken since Steph ran away from home in her teens, leaving the nine-year-old Caro in their stepmother's clutches, and Caro is stunned when Steph signs over her half of the sisters' unexpected inheritance to Caro. 
Fleeing from an abusive relationship and, as a freelance illustrator, unable to afford to rent a room in London, Caro mo…

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