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The Prophecy of Bees

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When Lindy, a recently widowed American expat, buys a large manor house in the Cotswolds, she thinks it’s the fresh start she and her wayward daughter Izzy need. Stagcote Manor is a large, rambling house with a rich history and Lindy is thrilled at the prospect of their new life there.

Izzy, however, is less convinced. She longs to be back in the hustle and bustle of Londo
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 20th 2014 by Orion
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“Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.”
----Edgar Allan Poe

R.S. Pateman, an English author, has penned a spine-chilling and intriguing tale about old manors, small English countrysides, folklore, trumpets and bees in his latest thriller-cum-horror novel, The Prophecy of Bees.


When Lindy, a recently widowed American expat, buys a large manor house in the Cotswolds, she thinks it’s the fresh start she and her wayward daughter Izzy need. Stagcote Manor is a larg
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Just re-read this one as loved it so much. Still enjoyed it second time around! This was a fantastic read! I devoured this one in 2 hours without any breaks, marathon reading sessions are always a sign you have a good book i your hands. One of the more unique reads I have read this year and an unexpected little treasure of suspense, chills and surprises. Then ending knocked my socks off!

Meet one of the stars of the book..

When Lindy, a recently widowed American expat, buys a large manor house in
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Thriller fans
Recommended to TL by: Figgy
3.5 Stars.... For most of the story I was intrigued but not impressed, but as the story went along I got more interested in it. Not the "Oh My God I have to know what happens next or I'll burst" type of thing but more "Hmm, this is interesting... wonder where this is going"

Don't get me wrong, it IS a good story... the set up takes its time (a bit too long, it's a couple hundred pages before the tension really gets going) but the little clues, hints, and bits of history sprinkled throughout keep
Aly (In Wonderland)
Oct 25, 2018 added it
Recommended to Aly by: Figgy
We'd never really felt part of the outside world and had never really wanted to be. Nor did the villagers. They were outsiders too, defining themselves with their odd little customs and bizarre superstitions just as I defined myself with my clothes and make-up. I clung to the dark like they clung to the past. Both had their mysteries, joys and horrors.
Something inside me began to settle. Slowly. Like soot. Not quite happiness, maybe, but the beginning of a sense of peace, an understandin
Featured on my 2014 favourites list!

‘What do we do?’
‘Just tell them your name and who you are,’ Howard said.
‘You’re joking me,’ I said.
‘Just say it. Come on. For Cedric’s sake.’
‘I’m Isabella,’ I said in a poor copy of Cedric’s singsong voice. ‘But you…’ I pointed at the hives with a single finger, ‘you can call me Izzy.’
Howard glared at me.
‘My name’s Izzy,’ I said, enunciating clearly. ‘And I live at Stagcote Manor.’
The thrum of the hive intensified.

The Prophecy of Bees harks back to something
Liz Barnsley
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this story – a haunting and clever read, intriguing characterisation and a flowing engaging tale following Lindy and Izzy as they move into a new home and discover the myths and legends surrounding it.

Izzy is annoyed and upset at having to move to the country, having had some problems her Mother decides a new start is in order. Stagcote Manor may not be the best choice however, as a dark curse apparently haunts those who live there…

The theme of Superstition and belief is ver
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Yes, this was an all too familiar storyline- family decamp to spooky old country residence, bumps in the night, nightmare visions, creepy yokels who delight in dropping teasers to the bloody history of new residence etc etc -but for all that, I rather enjoyed this ‘Secret of Crickley Hall-esque’ thriller. To be honest, the familiarity made this an easy, although discomforting read, and although Izzy and her mother were intensely annoying in parts, there was much pleasure to be gained from the lo ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
I must begin this review by extending my congratulations to this book's PR person who rejected my request for it some months ago on NetGalley. You, dear person, are brilliant at your job. I began cackling wilding on the second page when the narrator characterised the pupils of Cheltenam Ladies College and other public schools as make-up free bluestockings. A few pages later, when we encounter the quaint rural types with their quaint rural ceremonies and bee gossip obsessions, I went to check if ...more
Katherine Marson
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book and was so glad I did.

Izzy is a typical 17yr old, believing the world is unfair and she is being harshly treated by her mother. Force to move away to a seemingly quiet place where her new house is supposedly jinxed and the locals have bizarre habits and superstitions is only the start of things to come. To begin with, Izzy laughs off this superstitious nonsense but when strange noises wake her up in the middle of the night and a shocki
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, ebooks
Interesting, intriguing, don't see this necessarily as a YA book. I enjoyed the plot change, didn't fully see that one coming. Slightly predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless. ...more
Cassie Pearson
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
This 330+ page book, with all its typos and its angsty teen protagonist, would have been better suited as a novella -- or better yet, a short story.
Gill's likes reading
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adult
☕️☕️☕️☕️ FANTASTIC!! (rating based as a YA novel)

Izzy is teen, trying to find her own identity kicking back at Mum, Lady Lindy GiffinClark. A fresh start sees Lindy move the household to Stagcote Manor in the middle of nowhere. A move that turns out to be more sinister than refreshing.


What I liked best about this book?

I love the character of Izzy I because I have met 'her' many times when I was a support worker with young adults. When you love a guy who is exciting, in a
Joanne Sheppard
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having been obsessed with the folk horror genre ever since I was a child, I was quite excited to see that RS Pateman, author of The Second Life of Amy Archer, has written a novel about a girl and her mother moving to a Gloucestershire village full of insular, superstitious locals, unsettling rural traditions and grim local legends.

On the other hand, my folk horror nerdery is so extreme that it's also quite hard to please me with this sort of story: get it wrong, and I will burn you to death in a
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to RS Pateman for my review copy of this book.

Lindy decides to move out of London with her troubled teenage daughter, Izzy. Izzy is resentful at being forced to move to the old manor house in Stagcote, a rather isolated village. She finds her new home increasingly disturbing and the locals rather strange, with their rituals and superstitious beliefs. Izzy is drawn into the mysteries and superstitions, questioning whether there is any truth in them. Is there evil at work? Is there a c
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having stumbled across this one on Goodreads and not having heard of Pateman before, I didn't really know what to expect. And as I started reading I began thinking that this would another run of the mill teen horror/thriller that wouldn't leave much of an impression. You know I do love it when an author proves me wrong. While the basic premise is a familiar tale of youth gone bad, family moves and village ghost stories, there is something in the way Pateman writes and the presence of the bees th ...more
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure how much detail is required in a review. Is it my opinion people want? An essay regarding the story? Personally I think the synopsis outlines the story & reviews give an indication of how absorbing/interesting/entertaining etc the story was. Am I right or wrong? I'd love to hear what others think.

This book was a pleasant surprise. I loved it from the start. It is based in the area I live, so I recognised places that were mentioned, and it was based on a subject that I'm interested
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won an advance copy of this book.

I was torn between 3 & 4 stars, but at the moment I've went for 3 on the basis that I enjoyed my 4 star books a bit more.

I liked the concept of this book. The superstitions and customs in Stagcote were interesting, I'd have liked to learn more about them.

Izzy perhaps isn't the most likeable main character, but I did like how the relationship between Izzy & her mum was portrayed. It captured some of the difficulties a teenager can go through. There was just on
Lynsey Dalladay
Undeniably this book has tension and pace. For me though it was a little too familiar, a little too overplayed and there were too many quite large and unbelievable plot holes.
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Creepy AF, loved it.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
The only child of a widow, Isabella is distraught when the family home is sold after the death of her much loved father. Izzy understood that her parents might not have been entirely happy together, and that her father could have been a better husband, but this has not lessened her affection for his memory. Mother Lindy, on the other hand, is all for making a fresh start and takes charge of relocating her daughter as far as she can away from the clutches of Izzy’s flaky musician boyfriend. Stagc ...more
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Moving to Stagcote Manor was meant to be a fresh start for Lindy and her teenage daughter Izzy. A chance at a new life in the country after things went so wrong in London. But for Izzy it is a prison sentence.
There's something about the house that she can't quite put her finger on. Something strange and unnerving. As Izzy begins to explore the manor and the village beyond its walls, she discovers the locals h
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So I loved this! As a longtime fan of the things that go bump in the night this was suitably creepy! It was light enough to be a fun read but clever enough to make me think about it when I wasn't reading. Throw in some surprise plot twists and I'm sold. ...more
Donny Millington
Mar 17, 2021 rated it did not like it
The reason I did not like this book and what put me off reading it was that there was no chapters and with no chapters meant that I would not know where I was up to when I started again that really put me off reading this book
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a book!!! Locked myself away to read! Couldn’t put it down. !
Feb 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Boring, predictable, unbelievable, unlikeable characters.
The ending had me SHOOK. In fact, I think the only reason I knocked a star off was because I felt so CHEATED. It was betrayal but man was it juicy.
Brit McCarthy
Thank you to the publisher for providing this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not alter my review in any way.

CREEPY ALERT. This was a fun read. I like to be creeped out. I like to be kept guessing and wondering, even if I end up second guessing everything I thought about the book in the end and then to have it all turned around. Then, listen for it, that shout of “I KNEW IT!” This is why you shouldn’t watch movies with me. If I’m like this when I read, just imagine
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
** Original review posted on **

The Prophecy of Bees by R.S. Bateman tells the story of Isabella, a teen who is NOT happy about having to move from busy London into a big old house in a country village, a decision made by her mother who she lives with. She soon learns of local superstitions, tales and curses regarding her house and the danger her and her mother might be in. She doesn't believe any of them - or at least not to start with...

Bateman does a really good job of crea
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Following the relocation of a troubled young girl to the rural community of Stagcote… whoa… young girl? YA novel? Yes, this book is a YA novel with a female protagonist! Did I read the blurb before picking it up? No, Did I pick it up purely because of its cover and name? Definitely, do I regret picking it up? Absolutely not. What Pateman has done is create a novel with a young female protagonist, set in an eerie setting with a mysterious and haunting premise.

Following Izzy and her mother to the
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted to my blog:

Last year I had the privilege to read excellent debut novel The Second Life of Amy Archer by R.S. Pateman and so when the author asked if I would like to review the second title by his hand as well I jumped at the chance. While The Prophecy of Bees also has elements of a psychological thriller and an underlying mystery, which both the main protagonist and the reader uncover at similar times, for the most part the resembl
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