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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Da's voice, 'Shush up Mary, you're shouting ...' I call out, 'Mam, can you see where him is?' Da's voice says, too loud, 'Mary stop it, it's a fever you're in. Mam's gone. Settle now, settle.' Mam's still talking.
I practise while I get dressed and while I wash my face and tie back my hair, and the more I say it I know I can keep saying it because I dun think I can stop. In the kitchen I make our porridge and say it while I stir the ...
Even without him here I keep on saying, 'Tell me tell me tell me,' because now I've been saying it all day long, I really can't stop. The words are in my ears and my mouth and my head. I keep saying it and the bells ring out, ...
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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