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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Tell him, 'Shush now, and dun even breathe if them opens the cupboard door.' The tall men are all skinny and pale, with long dark coats and black hats with big brims on them. Them give us goods for our stuff. Trade them calls it.
'Just tell me the price you're suggesting.' 'The women won't like the more ... elaborate ones. It's the simple ones we can sell.' 'The ones you passed over last time?' My voice sounds shrill and both the men straighten up, ...
'No ... no ... no.' Mam's voice is here. 'This fence is made of threads. Woven with broken lost things. Everything they want to forget.' 'Dun tell me to forget Barney!' Something cold on my face. A hand, a cloth, a piece of ice .
I tell him it's probably to do with main land fashions, for Annie told me a few years back that the tall men wanted jumpers full of holes called the grunge, but now them want cable or ribbed. Old Nell's walking stick is leaned against ...
I keep asking him questions, I know him has got an answer somewhere hidden in hims head, only him won't tell me it. I dun like it here with just me and him. Him is out at sea all day and some of the night, thinking solid thoughts what ...
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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