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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Give him a blanket to keep him warm. Tell him, 'Shush now, and dun even breathe if them opens the cupboard door.' The tall men are all skinny and pale, with long dark coats and black hats with big brims on them.
Not a sound from the cupboard. For a three-year-old, Barney is good and quiet for me, when him knows I mean it. I cross the room, whisper at the door, 'Them're coming. Keep quiet, good boy.' 'Dun like it in here, is dark and smelly.
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. Five heavy barrels and them dun even offer to help.
I put it in the cold room and kick the door shut behind me. I watch the two tall men emptying the last of the barrels into the crates in thems boat. The tall men never forget the ice, for it's needed to keep the fish fresh.
Nowt to do with me, so you got to work hard, do a lot of broideries to keep him fed.' Always has been my arms Barney wanted. I've always wanted him in my arms. In our bedroom, I stuff the pillow from Barney's bed in my arms and squeeze, ...
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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
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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