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When Leo asked me if I was going away for the summer, I nodded immediately – and untruthfully.
‘Where?’ He lifted his eyes to mine the way motorists switch their headlights up to full beam.
I pictured myself sunbathing in the communal garden of the flats I lived in with my mum and washing up at the pub in the evenings.
‘Not sure yet … France or Spain, probably.’
‘That’s a shame.’ He took another sip of his coffee.

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Kate and her friends are spending the summer at Darkmere Castle in Cornwall – which she thinks will be a perfect opportunity for her to get together with Leo.

But instead, she's drawn into the dark story of an eighteenth-century girl who haunts the tunnels and towers of the house ... and whose curse now hangs over them all.

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'Darkmere is about a girl who falls not just for a boy but for his friends as well. Leo's gang are confident, wealthy and spoilt – everything Kate's not. More than anything, she wants to belong. Trouble is, the people who seem to be the coolest on the outside are often the ones with the most problems on the inside ...'

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Oh, to be lord or lady of one's own castle. The turrets! The moats! The ... other castley bits! Unfortunately, unless you're a royal in medieval Germany or a knight of the round table, the likeliness of owning your own castle is slim - luckily, there's a ton of children's books out there which describe beautiful castles so vividly that you almost feel like you're there living in them.

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