The Wicker Man meets The Archers in this graphic novel murder mystery, set in a rural town in middle England where the residents are determined to preserve the status quo, at any cost.
A pair of murders has occurred 65 years apart, uncanny echoes of each other, in the ancient woods beside Blackwood. Evidence and local lore suggest overtones of ritual or of the occult, but despite thorough police investigations, no charges are made. Peg, in her nineties, and her great-grandson 11-year-old Mason, hold clues to the town’s secrets, but Peg’s memory is no longer what it was, and no-one wants to listen to a child. Blackwood gradually reveals the dark soul of a town where local politics and the human heart conspire to preserve its way of life at the expense of truth or justice.
Hannah Eaton’s second graphic novel follows her much-acclaimed debut, Naming Monsters, shortlisted for the 2012 Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition and for the Graphic Scotland 9th Art Award.