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 say, 'Sorry Barney. I've got to get you hid, them're coming.' Him grips on my neck hard, buries hims face in my hair and I carry him across the room. Him is so warm and I want to hang on to him, but I put him down by the cupboard door ...
Barney grumbles loud in the cupboard so I call out, 'Now dun fret, you'll not be shut in the dark for long, it's just till them've gone.' The tall men dun move to speak to one another. Silent as shadows, everyone says, but when the tall ...
'Mam,' my voice says, 'can you see Barney?' Da's voice is loud in my ear, 'Mary, you're in a fever. Mam's buried.' 'No ... no ... no.' Mam's voice is here. 'This fence is made of threads. Woven with broken lost things.
Da wipes the cold thing over my face, says, 'Have a drink, come on, there's meadowsweet in this water.' 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 .
Mum says, 'Yes, it was like that when I cooked too. This is why I prefer eating. Cooking's awful. I eat it through my nose, just smelling it I get the taste, and by the time it's ready, I'm full.' 'Yes, it's like that,' I reply.
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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