by Tim Major
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Pub Date 31 Mar 2020 | Archive Date 5 May 2020
A gripping supernatural mystery for fans of John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos from the author of Snakeskins.
Workaholic TV news producer Nina Scaife is determined to fight for her daughter, Laurie, after her partner Rob walks out on her. She takes Laurie to visit Rob's parents on the beautiful but remote Hope Island, to prove to her that they are still a family. But Rob's parents are wary of Nina, and the islanders are acting strangely. And as Nina struggles to reconnect with Laurie, the silent island children begin to lure her daughter away.
Meanwhile, Nina tries to resist the scoop as she is drawn to a local artists' commune, the recently unearthed archaeological site on their land, and the dead body on the beach...
"Hope Island is a masterfully tense tale, building a looming sense of dread and growing uncertainty. Disturbing and original, surprising and shocking, it's an excellent novel from a unique voice in the genre."
Tim Lebbon, author of Eden and The Silence
"Tense and compelling, the taut and tangled mysteries of eerie Hope Island conspire to create a roiling fever dream of a novel in which nothing is certain, and in which even one's own senses cannot truly be trusted. Beneath an authentic and empathetic portrait of a family falling apart lies a deeply intuitive, atmospheric enquiry into those truths which underpin all human relationships: the way we speak and listen, the things we say and the things we hide. Hope Island is a strange and brilliantly original novel which cements Tim Major's rightful reputation as a top class writer of fantastical fiction."
Laura Mauro, author of Sing Your Sadness Deep
"Artfully written and brilliantly controlled from the first page, Hope Island explores unsettling territory through well-drawn characters, landscape and a powerful use of sound. But it's the central mother-daughter relationship that gives the book real heart – there's honesty, pain and beauty in here."
M. T. Hill, author of Zero Bomb and The Breach
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Average rating from 15 members
I needed to let this one sink in for a few days before I knew how I felt about it. The strength of the novel lies in the character of Nina and if I wanted to use a pithy little persuasive pitch for the book (and I do) I would say Hope Island is Midsommer for Working Mothers. The sense of dread and tension builds incredibly well, I really liked the pace and subtlety that helped to create such an unnerving experience and I would seek out other books by the author after reading this.
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