The House at MidnightBook - 2008
Even now I can remember the first time I saw the house as clearly as if there were a video of it playing in my head.
--From The House at Midnight
It was the house that changed everything. After the suicide of his uncle, a successful art dealer, Lucas Heathfield inherits Stoneborough Manor, a stately property in Oxfordshire. He imagines it as a place where he and his tight-knit group of friends from Oxford can spend time away from London.
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Soon after their first reunion at the manor on New Year's Eve, Lucas reveals his feelings for Joanna, a woman he has long pined for, and the new pairing pleases everyone. But Joanna senses that the house is having a strange effect on Lucas. He is haunted by the death of his uncle and seems obsessed with home movies his uncle's friends made at Stoneborough 30 years earlier. The old gang of friends in those films is disturbingly similar to the new set, revealing a side of Lucas's family that he has never seen before.
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Over a hot, decadent summer within the claustrophobic confines of the house, past secrets emerge and sexual tensions escalate, shattering the group's friendship and changing their lives forever. The House at Midnight is a compelling union of The Big Chill with The Secret History, cut through with Grey's Anatomy. An eerie story of compulsion, desire and betrayal, it heralds the arrival of a major new talent on the literary scene.