Hello Readers! Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Unmaking of Ellie Rook by Sandra Ireland, organized by Love Books Group . Please check out the book details and excerpt in this post. I hope you enjoy it.
A single phone call from halfway across the world is all it takes to bring her home . . . ‘Ellie, something bad has happened.’
Desperate to escape her ‘kid from the scrapyard’ reputation, Ellie Rook has forged a new life for herself abroad, but tragedy strikes when her mother, Imelda, falls from a notorious waterfall. Here, according to local legend, the warrior queen Finella jumped to her death after killing a king. In the wake of her mother’s disappearance, Ellie is forced to confront some disturbing truths about the family she left behind and the woman she has become. Can a long-dead queen hold the key to Ellie’s survival? And how far will she go to right a wrong?
The Unmaking of Ellie Rook is a dark psychological thriller with masterful characterisation, an evocative sense of place, and a strong and complicated female protagonist. This novel cements Sandra Ireland’s place as a master of contemporary Gothic storytelling.
Two Days After
The bus brakes at the end of our drive. Hefting the rucksack onto my shoulder, I get ready to jump. So many buses, so many stops in the last couple of years, never knowing where my boots will land: tarmac, mud, sand, flood.
A single phone call from halfway across the world was all it took to bring me home. Ellie, something bad has happened.
As the bus pulls away in a fug of diesel, I’m left staring at the house: mossy green roof blending with the trees and the hedge running riot. It’s doubled in size since my last visit. The only sign of life is a lone crow perched on the chimney. It eyes me with suspicion.
The scent of leftover bus fumes makes me feel sick. Hitching my rucksack higher, I begin the familiar trudge. The drive has been carved up by an endless procession of vehicles en route to the scrapyard behind the house. For most of them, this is a one-way street, and they’ve left unwilling claw-marks in the surface – deep ruts brimming with rainbow coloured water. Even the trees have grown wild in my absence, holding hands above my head like playmates. ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’. I am six again, jumping off the school bus with my Polly Pocket book bag, picking up a stick to beat the rain from the branches. I was always the kid with the longest stick, the grubbiest shirt, the biggest mouth. The kid from the scrapyard.
It’s been two years since I last walked down this drive. Then, Mum had tied balloons to the gate and was waiting for me with a big hug. But not today. Not today.
Today, there is a police van in the yard.
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About the author:
Sandra Ireland was born in Yorkshire, lived for many years in Limerick, and is now based in Carnoustie. She began her writing career as a correspondent on a local newspaper but quickly realised that fiction is much more intriguing than fact. In 2013 Sandra was awarded a Carnegie-Cameron scholarship to study for an MLitt in Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee, graduating with a distinction in 2014. Her work has appeared in various publications and women’s magazines. She is the author of Beneath the Skin (2016) and Bone Deep (2018).
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