by Jan Carson
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 6 Jan 2021 | Archive Date 6 Jan 2022
Random House UK, Transworld Publishers, Doubleday
When several children from the same village start succumbing to a mysterious illness, the quest to discover the cause has devastating and extraordinary consequences.
'Original and compelling…chef’s kiss!' MARIAN KEYES
'Utterly absorbing' LISA MCINERNEY
Heart-rending, hilarious . . . it's a belter' LOUISE KENNEDY
'One of the most exciting and original Northern Irish writers of her generation' SUNDAY TIMES
It is late June in Ballylack. Hannah Adger anticipates eight long weeks' reprieve from school, but when her classmate Ross succumbs to a violent and mysterious illness, it marks the beginning of a summer like no other.
As others fall ill, questions about what - or who - is responsible pitch the village into conflict and fearful disarray. Hannah, ever the outsider, is haunted by guilt as she remains healthy while her friends are struck down. Frigthened and alone, she prays for help. What happens next will force her to question everything she believes.
Bursting with Carson's trademark wit, profound empathy and soaring imagination, The Raptures explores how tragedy can unite a small community - and tear it apart. At its heart is the extraordinary resilience of one young girl. As the world crumbles around her, she must find the courage to be different in a place where conforming feels like the only option.
Darkly funny, highly inventive and deeply moving, The Raptures is an unmissable novel of 2022.