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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I can feel the tall men's eyes on me. My hair, my waist, my backside as well, no doubt. Them're all eyes, the tall men, each and every one. I yank at the door as hard as I can, it whaps against my boot and springs open.
Been looking after him so hard since Mam died, I feel like hims Mam myself. 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, ...
Da gets to me and I feel a sharp bite on my shin. A thick rope lies next to my foot on the sand. It's moving, twisting, glints of teeth woven through the strands. Da pulls me up on my feet and I punch hims big chest and bury my head in ...
I want to cut and rip and unpick all the days what've gone, thread them back together so them're made all over again, but I can't feel my hands. Nights and days and nights of not looking. Of no.
The broiderie needles feel like them're covered in salt. So do the linens and the threads and the table. So does the washtub, my blankets, Da's fishing nets, the tatties and Barney's bedsheets. Salt is used for the fixing of dyes, ...
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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