For Ginny, the new house represents a new start: a room of her own where she can research her book on the psychology of fairytales and recover from a bitter divorce. The last thing she's looking for is romance.
But her young neighbour breaks down her defences. Sean cooks her delicious meals and rescues her from a drunken attack by her ex-husband. His only eccentricity is the locked room in his house that he forbids her to enter. It can't contain anything sinister, can it?
Ginny can't resist finding out. But when she opens the door, she is propelled into a horror story, rather than a fairytale.
Matthew d'Ancona is the Deputy Editor and political columnist of the Sunday Telegraph. He contributes regularly to several other publications and makes frequent radio and television appearances. He was recently named in Prospect's list of Britain's 100 most influential intellectuals.