Women of the Dunes
the tale of a family mystery that lies buried in the wilds of Scotland
By Sarah Maine
A spellbinding and beautiful novel from the acclaimed author of The House Between Tides, winner of the Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2018.
The new novel from the acclaimed author of The House Between Tides, winner of the Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2018!
It is the women who are keepers of tales.
Atmospheric, intoxicating and filled with intrigue, this sweeping novel is an epic story spanning the centuries, that links three women together across history.
Libby Snow spent her childhood hearing stories and legends from long ago. Now an archaeologist, her job is to dig deeper into the past, but her excavation at Ullaness, on Scotland's west coast has a very personal resonance. For the headland of Ullaness holds not only the secrets of the legend of Ulla, the Norsewoman, but also begins the strange story of Ellen.
Libby's grandmother passed on these tales - of love, betrayal and loss - but the more Libby learns at Ullaness, the more twisted the threads become. When human remains are discovered in the dunes, it becomes clear that time, and intention, have distorted accounts of what happened there. Is it too late to uncover the truth? Or is Libby herself in danger of being caught up in this tangled web of fable and deceit?
Praise for Sarah Maine:
'An echo of Daphne du Maurier' - Independent
'Maine adroitly weaves together the three strands of her novel' Sunday Times
'Maine writes beautifully about the wilderness' - The Times
'Maine skillfully balances a Daphne du Maurier atmosphere with a Barbara Vine-like psychological mystery...' - Kirkus
Sarah Maine was born in England but grew up partly in Canada before returning to England for university. She studied archaeology and for many years worked in the profession but is now a freelance writer and researcher. She lives in York with her family. Sarah's debut novel was published as Bhalla Strand in the UK and as The House Between Tides in the US. Beyond the Wild River is her second novel.
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06 Mar 2019
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Maine adroitly weaves together the three strands of her novel — Sunday Times
Praise for Beyond The Wild River — :
Maine writes beautifully about the wilderness — The Times
Maine's beautifully detailed descriptions of the American hinterlands provide a stunning setting for this historical tale of intrigue and suspense — Booklist
Descriptive passages of lush, beautiful landscapes frame Maine's riveting portrait of a thoughtful young woman who yearns for more than is offered by her station and her gender, and the rough-and-tumble young man who is inexorably drawn to her. — Publishers Weekly
Maine's gift of setting the mood shines in her latest novel... Fans of Kate Morton's rich-with-atmosphere novels will feel right at home. — RT Reviews
Praise for The House Between Tides — :
There is an echo of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca in Sarah Maine's appealing debut novel — Independent
A tremendous accomplishment. So assured, so well-judged, and with such an involving story to tell, this might be the author's fifth or sixth novel, not her first. A literary star is born! — Ronald Frame, author of The Lantern Bearers and Havisham
...it came as a great surprise to learn that this was the author's debut novel. I predict great things for Sarah Maine. — The Book Bag
Scotland's Outer Hebrides provides the sensuous setting for [this] impressive debut...[a] beautifully crafted novel. — Publishers Weekly
Maine skillfully balances a Daphne du Maurier atmosphere with a Barbara Vine-like psychological mystery...The setting emerges as the strongest personality in this compelling story, evoking passion in the characters as fierce as the storms which always lurk on the horizon. A debut historical thriller which deftly blends classic suspense with modern themes. — Kirkus Reviews
Maine contrasts Hetty's present-day consternation with the past story of Blake and his wife, delivering details at a perfectly suspenseful pace... the historic mystery will keep readers guessing right up until the end. — Booklist