Orkney Twilight

Orkney Twilight

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All families have secrets.
But some have more secrets than others.

Jim is a brilliant raconteur whose stories get taller with each glass of whisky. His daughter Sam thinks it's time she found out the truth about her dad.

On holiday in Orkney, Sam spies on Jim as he travels across the island. What has he hidden in the abandoned watchtower? Who is he meeting in the stone circle at dusk? And why is he suddenly obsessed with Norse myths?

As Sam is drawn into Jim's shadowy world, she begins to realise that pursuing the truth is not as simple as it seems...

Set against the harsh beauty of the remote Scottish islands of Orkney, inspired by the author's own childhood, this is a gripping first novel from an astonishing new talent.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20.32mm | 258.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1784080969
  • 9781784080969
  • 739,867

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'Clare can definitely write; her lyrical descriptions of Orkney once the characters arrive are really evocative of the island's haunting beauty' * The Bookbag * 'First time author Clare Carson delivers a meaty, beautifully written and original thriller set in Thatcher's 1970s Britain featuring an engaging central character' * Irish Independent * 'An original, haunting thriller ... the author cleverly weaves the political struggles of 1980s Britain with the beauty of Orkney. The novel is a clever take on crime fiction and I'm looking forward to more from Clare Carson' * The Press & Journal (Aberdeen) * 'Part spy thriller, part detective novel, part family drama and part coming of age story Orkney Twilight is a beautifully written evocative novel ... Full of references to Norse mythology and the gorgeous twilight of an Orkney summer' * LisaReadsBooks * 'Pulls you in from the start and doesn't let you go until the very last page. I found myself being swept away by the mystery and the excitement of the thriller twists ... I highly recommend it if you're up for an utterly thrilling read' * Delightful Book Reviews * 'A very well-written first novel ... an original and absorbing read' * Literary Review * 'An unusual book with an unusual heroine. Clare Carson has a rare insight into the world of the undercover cop as her father was one ... The pace is fast and the style reflects the character of Sam: slick and funny in places ... Very enjoyable' * CrimeSquad * 'The author's writing style is unique and very good, I quickly became absorbed into this well planned and executed plot ... A brilliant debut thriller by an author who is definitely one to be watched' * Cosmochicklitan * 'I was utterly entranced from start to finish, not only by the strength of the characterisation, but by the lyrical prose, underscored by the allusions to Norse myth and Scottish folklore and the beautiful realisation of location throughout ... Outstanding' * Raven Crime Reads. * 'A bold and compelling first novel ... an interesting, explosive and successful mix' * Crime Review. *
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About Clare Carson

Clare Carson is an anthropologist and works in international development, specialising in human rights. As a child, she spent many holidays in Orkney with her father, an undercover policeman. This is her first novel.
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521 ratings
3.32 out of 5 stars
5 17% (91)
4 25% (130)
3 35% (183)
2 17% (89)
1 5% (28)
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