Beautiful, lyrical, unusual suspense novel that perfectly walks the line between literary and thriller.
When we first meet Jake Whyte she is a lonely misfit, caring for sheep using her brutal strength amid the inhuman landscape of a Scottish island. Something is coming for the lambs in the night and we're not sure if it's a fox, a strange beast that locals claim inhabits the island, or something worse - something from Jake's past that may be connected to scars on her back. Then we move backwards in time, through Jake's sordid past in Australia, where every stage in her sad life is not quite what we expect.
Accomplished and moving novel, with an intriguing main character who upsets all our expectations of both women and literary tropes.
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