Welcome to Dead Town Raven McKay


When her parents disappear, 12 -year-old Raven McKay is put into foster care with Kitty Stromsoe in the town of Grave’s Pass. It’s not an ordinary town. It’s a town where the living and the dead live side by side, but few wear their identity on their sleeves.

All her parents have left Raven is a battered beige suitcase with a faded black butterfly sticker and a note saying not to open the suitcase until the right time. But can she resist? And who among the living and the dead are her friends?

Grave’s Pass has two mayors: one for the living and one for the dead — an arrangement that implies that the two know how to live comfortably side by side.

But beneath the surface lurk dark desires, old mistrusts and vivid jealousies.



A stunning, lyrical tale of loss that’s also a gripping thriller and ghost story.

Join Raven McKay in Dead Town — a place where pooka horses, ghosts and  ghouls and ordinary people live side by side. Who can you trust?

‘Deliciously dark and gorgeously gothic!’

Kieran Larwood, author of the Five Realms Series

Brilliant and magical. A serious grappling with the meaning of life and death wrapped up in the most original and quirkily delicious of tales.

Zillah Bethell, author of The Shark Caller







Book Details


198mm x 129mm






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