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 sometimes chatter out whole bunches of tattle. Perhaps we should lock just a little behind our lips, then we'd get more back. I've got to be watchful with Barney. Three boys on the island were took in the last three months.
Pulling the last barrel out, I hear the back door slam and glance at the side of the cottage. 'So then.' I glare at the two tall men. 'What am I getting for this lot?' Them move further away, so them can see the whole.
Them move further away, so them can see the whole lot of fish all together. Them hiss prices back and forth and glance up at me every so often. Taking thems time, as always. Just want to get a good long stare at a single young woman.
Whole lot of men here do fishing, and there's a fair few cold rooms on the island, as well as a smokehouse. But the fish is all traded, for none of us like the taste. I think the tall men must have one great huge boat what picks up all ...
Ropes tied all over you an' the whole island. You know where you are?' Hims tired eyes look at me like I'm going to be gone any moment. I roll away, face the cracked grey wall and whisper, 'Want him back.' Da's voice sounds loud.
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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