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Langdale the scene of a new Thriller

3rd February 2018

Elterwater and Great Langdale will feature in a psychological thriller to be published this spring.

My Mother’s Secret is written by novelist Sanjida Kay who is a regular visitor to the Hostel. It features a National Trust warden who also works behind the bar at the Stickle Barn inn, and a student from the Lakes doing an MSc in Environmental Science, who witnesses a terrible crime when she leaves her young family to work in Leeds.

This is Sanjida Kay’s third thriller. Her previous thriller, Bone by Bone, was longlisted for a Steel Dagger Award; her second, The Stolen Child, is set in Ilkley and has been optioned for film rights by the company that made Homeland.

The new book, which Sanjida partially researched while staying at the hostel is due to be published in May.  It features Lizzie, a student who witnesses a horrific crime; Emma, a mother and wife, and a woman with a dangerous secret, and her disaffected teenage daughter Stella, who’s determined to find out her mother’s secret. One man, powerful, manipulative and cunning, controls all their destinies.

“I love the Lake District,” says Sanjida. “I try and visit at least once a year, so I can go hiking. I particularly love staying at the Elterwater Hostel, because it’s so welcoming, as well as being a perfect base for a range of beautiful walks around the Langdale Pikes, and my favourite fell, Scafell Pike, to shorter walks along the valley, ending up at the Stickle Barn.”

My Mother’s Secret  will be published by Corvus on May 3 and is available to pre order from Amazon now.  Why not pick up a copy and enjoy the setting on your next stay with us.

She ran through their names in her mind: Pavey Ark, Thunacar Knott, Pike of Stickle, Loft Crag, Harrison Stickle – the five Langdale Pikes. If they even managed a couple of these hills, they’d be doing well.

… They’d taken the path directly behind the back of the Sticklebarn pub, where Paul worked part-time at the weekends, past the gold blaze of larches in Raven Crag, and now they were heading along the ridge, with Dungeon Ghyll roaring below them.