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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One less mouth to gannet down not enough food. Hurling down the pillow, I run to the kitchen, click the latch and get out the back door, around the side of our cottage and down to the beach where the tall men are loading crates and ...
Hims arm holds up my back, tilts a cup to my mouth. I clench my lips tight shut, water rains all over me. Wet all over ... Da bangs the cup down, and says, 'You dun even want to get better.' Him lets go of my back, I fall.
Barney's moppet lies on hims bed, its long ears unravelling, one eye hanging off and a squinty mouth. I bring it to the table in the main room by the window and sew on the eye, only it seems even more wonky.
Him goes to the kitchen, picks up a bowl, ladles in the chicken stew, sits down and fills hims mouth with it so there's no room for any answers to come out. I've thought really hard about how to get an answer out of Da's head and I ...
Shut your bloody sodding mouth up!' Him glowers at me like him wants to stick a fish hook in my lips, so I whisper, 'Tell me tell me tell me,' all the afternoon, all the while him goes in and out of the kitchen through the back door, ...
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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