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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... but there's no Barney. Back in the main room I check the cupboard again and under the table. I open the trapdoor in the floor and climb down the ladder into the storm room. Light a candle and check in the shadows. Nothing.
Da opens the curtain so the light gets in. I sit up slow. Him looks like someone I dun even know. Da folds hims arms. 'You're through the worst of it. I need to go fishing so we can eat – the tall men'll be coming back in a week or so.
... light and the wind blows us up in the sky like butterflies. Barney's dream is in hims voice: In this place you an' me dun have to be.
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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