Snake Ropes by Jess Richards

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The author becomes tangled in a melodramatic plot whose loose ends are too neatly tied – and tidied – to feel credible...This novel filled with weavers and embroiderers creatively explores how much we can craft our own life stories
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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.
 

About Jess Richards

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JESS RICHARDS was born in Wales in 1972 and grew up too fast in southwest Scotland, where she lived with her English parents and three brothers, watching the ferry boats going to and from Northern Ireland. She earned a first-class degree from Dartington College of Arts when she was twenty-one, then after brief stints busking and carrying on in both Leeds and London, she moved to Brighton at the age of twenty-three, where she has lived and worked ever since and grown up a bit more slowly. She has recently studied creative writing at Sussex University and has had a number of short stories published.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Sceptre. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Jan 19 2013

The author becomes tangled in a melodramatic plot whose loose ends are too neatly tied – and tidied – to feel credible...This novel filled with weavers and embroiderers creatively explores how much we can craft our own life stories

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Reviewed by Sarah Moss on Jun 01 2012

A novel told by two narrators, both of whom doubt their own accuracy, is taking risks with the reader's commitment...

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