A twisty and propulsive read, this dark psychological thriller of sibling rivalry, love, betrayal, and the dire consequences of family fallout brilliantly plays on our fears of loneliness and abandonment, harkening to the modern gothic bestsellers by Ruth Ware and Liz Nugent.
Is a story ever just a story?
Mac, a retired academic and writer, is working on a new collection of folktales, inspired by local legends, and at the insistence of her only child, Arthur, she hires a young assistant, Lucie, to live in a cottage on her property and help her transcribe them. What Arthur doesn’t know is that his mother is determined to keep the secrets of her past from ever being discovered. And what Mac doesn’t know is that Lucie has a few complicated secrets of her own.
The creaking presence of an ancient water mill next to Mac’s property that used to grind wheat into flour serves as an eerie counterpoint for these two women as they circle warily around each other, haunted by the local legend of two long-dead sisters, ready to point accusing fingers from the pages of history.
This atmospheric page turner evocatively gives voice to the question: What happens when you fall in love with the wrong person?
About the Author
Sandra Ireland is the author of the novels Beneath the Skin and Bone Deep. Before turning to fiction, she worked as a journalist. Born in Yorkshire, England, she spent many years in Limerick, Ireland, and now lives near Edinburgh.
“The final chapters take Bone Deep from being a beautifully written and thoughtfully constructed psychological study into sheer gothic novel nightmare territory.”
— Scotland on Sunday
“Atmospheric, with a delicious build-up of tension, and beautifully observed throughout. An absorbing read.”
— Michael J. Malone, author of House of Spines
“Bone Deep is a taut, contemporary psychological thriller about love, betrayal, female sibling rivalry and bone grinding, blood curdling murder.”
— Sunday Post
“Exciting … a psychological thriller drenched in gothic suspense.”
— Sunday Herald
“An atmospheric, fluent book which kept me reading into the small hours.”
— The Courier
“Captivating, compelling and infused with Sandra Ireland’s evocative sense of place.”
— Noelle Harrison, author of The Gravity of Love
“A chilling psychological thriller. . . . hypnotic.”
— Publishers Weekly