In this novel set in rural Northern Ireland during the 1940s tension builds, as young Arthur’s innocence and incomprehension of adult behaviour lead inexorably to the climax.
`Take the pleasure and forget the pain’, Mary tells Arthur, who has been left at his cousins’ farm in Co. Down in 1939. It is a philosophy that plunges her into dire consequences, while the boy, turning to her for comfort in his homesickness, becomes caught up in a conflict of love.
The sunken causeway to an island, a man in hiding, a haunted, ruined house, & a cast of characters sensitively drawn are elements that add to the potent atmosphere of this exciting story.
`Reminscent of The Go-between - drawn with a sensitive hand.` Publishers Weekly.
`It would make a marvellous play or TV drama. An excellent read.` BBC Radio Ulster.