Step back in time with Karen Maitland, author of the much-loved Company of Liars, as she explores some true-crime cases of murderous children throughout history. In Wicked Children: Murderous Tales from History, the Dark Ages meets Stephen King’s Carrie or We Need to Talk About Kevin. ‘A brilliant writer, with a real sense of history’ Susanna Gregory ‘An adult who commits murder usually has some kind of motive we can understand, however twisted, but a child who kills often does it simply because they discover they can – and no one is stopping them.’
Karen Maitland, Queen of the Dark Ages, has created possibly some of the most wicked children in fiction. From Narigorm, the child rune reader with a penchant for death, from Company of Liars, to the scheming yet devastatingly beautiful Leonia in The Vanishing Witch, they revel in manipulating the world around them – and those foolish enough to cross them.
In Wicked Children: Murderous Tales from History, Karen Maitland explores some of the real-life cases of dangerous and powerful children which have inspired her own young – but deadly – characters.
What readers are saying about Wicked Children:
‘A short and not all sweet story from the brilliant Karen Maitland. Just as good as all the other full-length novels‘
‘Excellent writing from Karen Maitland, as always’