Snake Ropes: A Novel
Set on an isolated island off the Scottish coast, in a community run by women who are in awe of a mysterious structure called the Thrashing House, the novel is narrated by two teenage girls in very different circumstances. Mary is doing her best to protect her younger brother, Barney, as the island’s sons are mysteriously disappearing. Morgan is scheming to escape the prison her parents have made of their home. The two girls unite, each on a desperate mission in which secrets will be revealed and lives changed forever.
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Thems coats might be covered in seaspray and salt when them have crossed the surging waves to get here, but them are well stitched, as if somewhere on the main land there's a great old woman who sits there with needles for fingertips, ...
There's a box with the words exotic fruits printed on the side. 'What's this meant to be then?' I call out to the tall men who've just grasped another barrel of fish. The tall men look up. 'Five units.' 'But it's strange-looking things ...
There's a tin of varnish and a pot of white paint worth three units each, seven boxes of matches and two packets of firelighters. There's a small sack I've never seen them bring before. It's got red words on it, but I dun know what's ...
Him must have fallen asleep in there, or be messing with me. ... Barney's blanket lies there rumpled, without him on it. ... In Da's room, I rummage through the wardrobe where Mam's clothes still hang, but there's no Barney.
I draw my arms around my chest, only there's a hollow where him should be. Tears fall into it; him is not there to cradle. I want to be strong for him, only I can't when him is not here. A tall man leans over me. Him has brown eyes, ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bongobash - LibraryThing
It took me longer than it would take me to read another book because of the slow start. I thought it could of been a very good story except questions weren't answered. I wanted to know more about the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - passion4reading - LibraryThing
Mary shares a cottage with her fisherman father and little brother Barney on a small island just off the edge of the map after the death of her mother. Traders from the mainland visit the island ... Read full review