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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We go around the side of the cottage, and the cold room door sticks – the wooden door is guarding the fish. I can feel the tall men's eyes on me. My hair, my waist, my backside as well, no doubt. Them're all eyes, the tall men, ...
There's a box with the words exotic fruits printed on the side. 'What's this meant to be then?' I call out to the tall men who've just grasped another barrel of fish. The tall men look up. 'Five units.' 'But it's strange-looking things ...
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 boxes onto thems boats.
Her hair is curly on one side and flat on the other. She's got the Thrashing House key on a chain around her neck; it's her turn on the bell list so I've got to talk nice to her today. 'Excuse me, Chanty, for interrupting your sleeping.
... Mam's side of thems bed. Each morning Da says, 'It's best to carry on as usual,' before him takes up the nets and leaves. I wait for him to say something different, but him dun. Tonight, Da comes in, pulling the smell of the sea ...
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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