By Simon Sylvester
Within the culture of Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks, Simon Sylvester brings an historical delusion to existence with this lush, atmospheric coming-of-age tale
Nobody involves the distant Scottish island of Bancree, and seventeen-year-old plants can't wait to maneuver to the mainland while she finishes institution. So whilst a mysterious guy and his daughter movement into remoted puppy Cottage, plant life is curious. What can have introduced those strangers to the island? the fellow is seductive yet radiates threat, whereas Flo reveals a kindred spirit in his daughter, Ailsa.
Meanwhile, numerous of the boys on Bancree have disappeared, unnerving the neighborhood. whilst a physique washes ashore, suspicion turns to the newbies. yet Flo suspects anything else, although it turns out most unlikely: She asks neighborhood citizens for something they be aware of about"selkies," the legendary girls who can flip from seal to human and again back.
Convinced of her new neighbors' innocence, Flo is fiercely made up our minds to guard her pal Ailsa. Can the reply to the disappearances, and to the pull of her personal middle, lie in the market, past the waves?