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The Midnight Side

From the award-winning author of SEASON OF THE WITCH, comes a haunting story of obsession and revenge. Natasha Mostert's THE MIDNIGHT SIDE is a chilling tale of a seductive woman who, even from the grave, is able to manipulate events to her satisfaction. A haunting story of obsession and loss, this is an intricately plotted psychological thriller with an ending that will leave you breathless. Isa de Witt is not alarmed when she receives a phone call in the early morning hours from her cousin Alette - until she discovers that Alette has been dead for two days. Grief-stricken, Isa travels to Alette's house in London where Alette had left behind three envelopes and a request. The envelopes contain instructions on how to bring about the financial downfall of Alette's former husband: a man who had made Alette's life a misery while she was still alive. But as Isa sets out to fulfill Alette's last wish and exact revenge on her cousin's behalf, she is in peril. Unbeknownst to her, Alette was murdered, and now it is Isa's turn to be drawn into the killer's world of dark fantasy and lethal obsession.
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About the Author

Natasha Mostert is a South African novelist and screenwriter. She grew up in Johannesburg but currently lives in London, UK. Her fourth novel, SEASON OF THE WITCH, won the 2009 World Book Day: Book to Talk About Award. Future goals include writing poetry, executing a perfect spinning crescent kick and coming face to face with the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe. Aside from writing, Mostert is an avid kickboxer. Visit her website at to find out more about her involvement with the CPAU Fight for Peace project, which teaches Afghan women how to box and feel empowered in their lives. Educated in South Africa and at Columbia University, New York, Mostert majored in modern languages and holds graduate degrees in Lexicography and Applied Linguistics. She has worked as a teacher in the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch at WITS University, Johannesburg and as project coordinator in the publishing department of public television station WNET/Channel Thirteen, New York. Her political opinion pieces have appeared on the op-ed page of The New York Times, and in Newsweek, The Independent and The Times (London).


'Bedtime reading for the brave. Mostert eschews the usual murder-mystery cliches in favour of murky, gloomily-lit suspense, painting a Dickensian picture of foggy London that is as compelling as the unfolding drama.' The Times (London) 'Classy, psychic thriller, full of frights and forebodings ... an original, unsettling book, which kicks the usual preconceptions into shape and preserves its chill to the final line.' The Literary Review 'African mysticism, paranormal experiences and terrifying dreams set the tone for this eloquently written novel ... Mostert's solid prose and chilling premise should make this a crossover success, satisfying fans of ghost stories as well as readers of main-stream suspense thrillers.' Publishers Weekly The plotline is an original one and Mostert seasons it with absorbing psychological detail ... the novel holds our attention throughout, and its climactic surprise ... is a humdinger.' Kirkus 'A clever debut ghost story that starts with a phone call from a dead woman and keeps you guessing until the end. This South African author is one to watch.' Daily Express (London)

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