The Binding Song
A chilling debut for fans of Mo Hayder and Sharon Bolton, THE BINDING SONG takes you on a trip to Halvergate Prison. If you're lucky, you'll get to leave...
'Splendidly unsettling' John Connolly
Dr Janet Palmer is the new lead psychologist at HMP Halvergate in a remote, bleak area of Norfolk. At first, she was excited by the promotion. Then she starts to see how many secrets
There are very few psychological thrillers/ horrors set in the prison environment, so when I read the synopsis for this book, I was really excited to read it. This book is one you’ll find yourself racing through, it’s so quick and exciting you’ll be determined to not put it down.
Elodie Harper was the 2016 winner of Stephen King’s short story competition, and this is her debut full length novel (not of the same story). I’m surprised to find ...more
Dr Janet Palmer is elated to have a new job as lead psychiatrist at HMP Halvergate located in remote Norfolk. Working to rehabilitate sex offenders, she attempts to ...more
The Binding Song is brilliantly compelling, eminently creepy and one of those books that has you looking over your shoulder and eyeing strangers oddly as if they might suddenly leap up and shout BOO.
Or maybe that’s just me.
Anyway, the story is utterly riveting, also extraordinarily haunting as you follow Janet, new recruit at Halvergate prison, trying to untangle the web of deceit left behind by her predecessor. Something evil stalks the corridors here but is it a human evil or some ...more
I don’t want to say much more about the story because the author has done a great job of creating a level of tension and suspense that she keeps up until the final pages. The cha ...more
Dr Janet Palmer is my favourite kind of psychologist – a forensic psychologist; so, it should come as no surprise that this is a book I have been wanting to read for ages and one I had high expectations for. And nothing makes me happier than when a book meets all my expectations!
The Binding Song is a dark psychological thriller perfect for fans of character-driven novels. Dr Jan ...more
So why did I like it so much? It's set in Norfolk for a start. That's not only my favourite place in the world but also a perfect location for a novel that has a bleak, gothic atmosphere about it. And it's about a new female psychologist working in a prison. A prison in a very remote area full of incredibly unpl ...more
As Autumn fades and Winter approaches it’s that time of year when I want to dive into a creepy, gothic thriller and fictitious HMP Halvergate in Norfolk provided the most perfect of settings to do that. What a beautifully atmospheric and creepy story, one where I never really ...more
Apart from the prison chaplain Steven Finch the staff at Halvergate are not very welcoming to ...more
Psychologist Dr Janet Palmer is looking forward to the challenge of her new job working with sex offenders on a rehabilitation programme. There have been a number of suicides on the wing prior to her arrival, and Janet is hoping to prevent anymore. But she finds her colleagues at the pr ...more
The publication of 'Six Scary Stories' by the ever excellent Cemetery Dance crew was a must buy and on the basis of the story I pre-ordered 'The Binding Song'.
It is dark, in all the right ways, a progressive mystery with excellent characterisation and a spookiness that gives you c ...more
Not only does she have to deal with the insidious nature of her clients crimes and their questionable characters, she also has to cope with staff members with ulterior motives. Inmates seem convinced that a ghost, a spirit or perhaps even a demon is killing fellow inmates.
The real question is whether the evil spirit is real or is it just ...more
The Binding Song is an outstanding, atmospheric novel from debut novelist Elodie Harper. It is a novel that will give you genuine chills as it takes you into the heart of an isolated prison in Norfolk. If you’re lucky you’ll get to leave.
Dr Janet Palmer is the new lead psychologist at Halvergate, an isolated Prison in Norfolk. Janet works with some of the most dangerous criminals. She tries to help them understand their a ...more
Based in HMP Halvergate, our new physiologist takes on her first full time position after her predecessor left abruptly.
Suicides seem rife within the walls of this prison and bolstered by the new challenge, Janet begins her research with Ferver, only to keep hitting blank walls and a deep amount of secrecy.
With no help from collea ...more
A bit spooky,a bit crazy but it entertained. ...more
Dr Janet Palmer has just taken up a new position as the lead psychologist at HMP Halvergate Prison in a remote area of Norfolk. She comes to the job full of excitement about a new challenge. There has been a string of suicides with no apparent motive; her predecessor has disappeared along with his notes on her current prisoners; her colleagues are all unfriendly and unhelpful and there are rumours of a ghostly female figure pursuing the inmates to punish them for thei ...more
Dr Janet Palmer is the new psychologist at HMP Halvergate prison. Leaving her London home and boyfriend behind, Janet wonders if her decision to move to Norfolk is right but she loves her job and is willing to give it a try. However, both the staff and the inmates pose a challenge to her. The former seems reserved and don't share much of the information with her while the latter, as most sex offenders inmates are, are either smirking behind her back or don't take her seriously. The wo ...more
Elodie Harper came to my attention first as the winner of a short story competition, judged by Stephen King(have I ever mentioned he is my favourite author of all time? Quite possibly done that a few times, apologies!)
The publication of ‘Six Scary Stories’ by the ever excellent Cemetery Dance crew was a must buy and on the basis of the story I pre-ordered ‘The Binding Song’.
It is dark, in all the right ways, a progressive mystery with excellent characterisation and a spookiness that gives you ch ...more
As soon as I saw the protagonist was a psychologist I was interested! The bleak atmosphere is well set as Janet starts her new job and finds everyone unwelcoming- I could really empathise with her.
It didn't take too long for me to work out where the book was going and there was really one main twist. Although there was a tense build up it was also kind of slow- personally I enjoyed reading about Janet's job as prison p ...more
Her story 'Wild Swimming' won the 2016 Bazaar of Bad Dreams short story competition, run by The Guardian and Hodder & Stoughton and judged by Stephen King.
She is currently a reporter and presenter at ITV News Anglia, and before that worked as a producer for Channel 4 News. ...more