Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for best novel and the August Derleth Prize for best horror novel, Catriona Ward’s Little Eve is a heart-pounding literary gothic with a devastating twist.

“A great day is upon us. He is coming. The world will be washed away.”

On the wind-battered isle of Altnaharra, off the wildest coast of Scotland, a clan prepares to bring about the end of the world and its imminent rebirth.

The Adder is coming and one of their number will inherit its powers. They all want the honor, but young Eve is willing to do anything for the distinction.

A reckoning beyond Eve’s imagination begins when Chief Inspector Black arrives to investigate a brutal murder and their sacred ceremony goes terribly wrong.

And soon all the secrets of Altnaharra will be uncovered.


CATRIONA WARD was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in the United States, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen, and Morocco. She studied English at the University of Oxford, and later, completed a Creative Writing Masters at the University of East Anglia. Ward won the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel for her debut, The Girl from Rawblood, and again for Little Eve, making her the first woman to win the prize twice. Ward is the internationally bestselling author of The Last House on Needless Street.


Praise for Little Eve

Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel
Winner of the August Derleth Prize for Best Horror

“A wonderful literary gothic tale.” —Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

“A smart and moving examination of self delusion and the lengths people go to to keep faith.” —Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies

“A sublime, utterly compelling tale which grabbed me by the lapels and wouldn’t let go.” —Irenosen Okojie

“Brilliantly plotted, wonderfully well written and full of surprises.” —Andrew Cowan, author of Pig and Worthless Men

Little Eve brims with dark energy, full of haunting, surprising turns. You will be guessing and gasping till the end.” —Philip Womack


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