SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD
ON AN ISLAND
OFF THE EDGE OF THE MAP,
BOYS ARE DISAPPEARING.
The day the tall men come from the mainland to trade, Mary's little brother goes missing. She needs to find him. She needs to know a secret that no-one else can tell her.
Jess Richards' stunning debut will show you crows who become statues and sisters who get tangled in each other's hair, keys that talk and ghosts who demand to be buried. She combines a page-turning narrative and a startlingly original voice with the creation and subversion of myths.
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I had to push through the first page, the voice of Mary with her uneducated speech was a bit annoying first and I thought that a whole bok on the first person with that grammar would spoil the enjoyment, but once through that first page, I couldn't put it down! Told through alternate voices, Mary and Morgan are young women in their late teens living on a remote island. Mary lives with her father and brother making a living on trading her broideries with the tall men, traders from a less primitive land across the sea. Morgan is living a Cinderella existence with her parents, Cinderella before the ball , cooking and cleaning and trapped in the house after being brought there by her parents years before. Boys begin disappearing from the island, one being Mary's brother Barney and Morgan seeks to leave the house where she is held prisoner and these two events lead the gilts to uncover secrets and sinister truths. Jess Richards revealed history in little leases and snatches, the islanders seem to be living some sort of primitive life from past centuries but the traders spoke of the broideries being suitable mobile phone pouches. The mythology and mysteries of the island are interwoven into the story further exposing the mysterious events. A lot is left unsaid, to be guessed at by the reader. This won't be to everyone's taste, but if you enjoy fantasies or mysteries, it is a unique story that is worth persisting withby Sharon C on March 10, 2013
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- Hodder & Stoughton, May 2012
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