Sarah Rayne is an English author of psychological thrillers, as well as supernatural thrillers (under the pen name Frances Gordon), and a series of ghost books. The daughter of an Irish music hall singer and songwriter of the 1920s, Rayne says she is fascinated by the early years of the 20th century. Among her other hobbies, as is clearly apparent from her books, are history and old buildings. In her psychological thrillers Rayne often combines multiple story lines set in different time periods and centered around eerie, atmospheric settings with hidden histories. As a Kirkus review puts it: “Rayne spins eerie yarns within yarns like a latter-day Isak Dinesen or Wilkie Collins."