This is a book about evil masking itself as goodness. In the small English village of Banfield, a young, deaf mute girl named Alice Pagett is transformed by a vision, and her ability to speak and hear is miraculously restored to her. Alice claims that she was visited by the Immaculate Conception, and suddenly throngs of the ill begin to gather around the place of the visitation, awaiting other miracles. They are not long in coming, as those who are afflicted in some way find themselves restored to the good health that had been formerly denied them.
Yet, something is not quite right, as the parish priest suddenly feels himself unwelcome in his own church, and his health begins to falter. Moreover, local reporter, Gerry Fenn, with aspirations for the big time, senses that the story of the century is within his grasp. He, unlike many others, however, is somewhat cynical about the events that are unfolding, and he is determined to discover the truth. What that truth is may be more than that for which he bargained.
This is moderately entertaining supernatural thriller that could have used some tighter editing. Written by the British maven of the horror genre, it has some genuinely creepy moments.