What is Unworkers about?
The lives of five women converge at Chichester Court, an elegant Georgian mansion, now converted into apartments for women in need.
Anne Baron is currently undergoing an unpleasant divorce. Anne experiences strange time-shifts in the house, while her six year old suffers terrifying nightmares—though he claims he isn't dreaming.
Joanna Sterne is Anne's oldest friend. She used to live at Chichester Court and knows something of its strange history. Her visits there now bring back unpleasant memories and strange voices urging unspeakable acts. She helps Anne explore the house's past in more detail.
Gemma Peterson is striving to make a new life for herself and her two young children with lover, Andy, but is haunted by a recurring dream and a mysterious woman in grey—not one of the residents—who watches over her children.
Rhia Masterson is Gemma's friend, a striking beauty who seems to lead the perfect life with her perfect house, perfect husband, perfect children… But Rhia is concealing a past so terrible that she has completely suppressed it—until now. The forces of house exert a powerful influence over Rhia, leading her and new-found friend, Anne, to dabble in a past life regression experiment with curious results.
And finally Paige Hutton, the lonely teenage mother who has become a semi-invalid following an accident on the stairs which she insists was no accident. Paige and her baby seem to be the chief targets of the more malevolent forces within the house.
Anne is the catalyst who brings the five women together, causing the disturbances at the house to escalate as its spirits clamour for attention and release. Unworkers is not just a story about a ghostly house, but about five women and their very real struggles to find their rightful place in the world.
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