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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Hims brown eyes have my reflection inside. I smile at him, stroke the curls on the back of hims head where them need a wash. I say, 'Sorry Barney. I've got to get you hid, them're coming.' Him grips on my neck hard, buries hims face in ...
It's so dark in here and I'm shivery just stepping inside. Ash, soot and straw are spread all over the walls to keep the ice frozen. It works. Da's left the fish sorted and packed in the barrels I wrench out of the ice in the floor.
I take some of the jars and cans of main land foods into our cottage and put them just inside the front door. The jars and cans are worth one unit each. I go outside to get more of the goods. There's a box with the words exotic fruits ...
It's got red words on it, but I dun know what's inside, for the words are in foreign. Dun ask them about that one. Maybe the foreign will make sense later, when I've opened up the sack. The three units of ice are in great sacks made ...
Back inside, I watch the tall men roll the empty fish barrels back up the beach to the cold room. Them leave them stacked up outside, so the other tall men know them've got our trade and dun come knocking twice.
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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