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October 2016 Debut of the Month.
Powerful, unsettling, beautifully written and wonderfully captivating, this a thought-provoking debut. Walt is skimming through life, barely existing, attempting to cope with combat post traumatic stress disorder. He takes a job with taxidermist Alys and while living with Alys, her sister and nephew, begins to step into a confusing world of feelings. Walt finds himself constantly alert and his hackles are raised… watching, waiting, ready. Sandra Ireland writes with a subtle yet devastating pen, short edgy chapters kept me on my toes, my feelings contorted and altered as I read. Even though I was on tenterhooks, I still found myself surprised when unexpected bursts of information attacked my mind. Touching guilt, exposing isolation, and unveiling resilience, ‘Beneath The Skin’ inched it’s way into my soul, and I truly do recommend this compelling read. ~ Liz Robinson
Taking a job in the studio of an Edinburgh taxidermist probably isn't Walt's wisest decision. Suffering from combat stress and struggling to outrun the demons from his past, he now finds himself confronted by the undead on a daily basis. His enigmatic boss, Alys, and her sister, Mouse, have their own uneasy relationship with the past. Someone doesn't want to let them go. Can Walt save Mouse's eight-year-old son, William, from becoming the next victim? And can he save himself? Deliciously disturbing, this psychological thriller peels back the skin of one modern family to reveal the wounds no one wants to see. It deals with the effects of trauma and how facing up to vulnerability is sometimes the only way to let go of the past.
Closing date: 25/07/2019
Publication date: 22/09/2016
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
|Publication date:||22nd September 2016|
|Publisher:||Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Sandra Ireland was born in Yorkshire, lived for many years in Limerick, and is now based in Carnoustie. 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.More About Sandra Ireland