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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The three units of ice are in great sacks made from the clear shiny stuff them call plastic, thick layers of it. I put it in the cold room and kick the door shut behind me. I watch the two tall men emptying the last of the barrels into ...
Kieran, fourteen years old, nose thick with freckles, just like hims Mam. What happened then, what did Annie do? The front door thumps and rattles. Da's voice hollers, 'Mary, where are you?' all gruff. Him is back much earlier than ...
A thick rope lies next to my foot on the sand. It's moving, twisting, glints of teeth woven through the strands. Da pulls me up on my feet and I punch hims big chest and bury my head in hims neck. 'Barney's gone!' I shriek.
I cover the whole table in rice, a glutinous thick layer and I stand in the corner of the kitchen and watch the steam coming off it. When the steam has gone, I get a wooden spoon and a mixing bowl and stand on a chair.
She peers up at the thick grey clouds. It dun rattle down yet. I bang on the next three doors. Merry is sat just behind hims front door on a wooden stool, sharpening the paring iron and slane what him uses up the peat pits.
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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