In the tradition of Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks, Simon Sylvester brings an ancient myth to life with this lush, atmospheric coming-of-age tale
Nobody comes to the remote Scottish island of Bancree, and seventeen-year-old Flora can’t wait to move to the mainland when she finishes school. So when a mysterious man and his daughter move into isolated Dog Cottage, Flora is curious. What can have brought these strangers to the island? The man is seductive but radiates menace, whilst Flo finds a kindred spirit in his daughter, Ailsa.
Meanwhile, a couple of of the men on Bancree have disappeared, unnerving the community. When a body washes ashore, suspicion turns to the newcomers. But Flo suspects something else, even if it kind of feels unattainable: She asks local residents for anything they learn about”selkies,” the mythical women who can turn from seal to human and back again.
Convinced of her new neighbors’ innocence, Flo is fiercely made up our minds to give protection to her friend Ailsa. Can the answer to the disappearances, and to the pull of her own heart, lie in the market, beyond the waves?