'Madness, mystery and myth-making collide... Burnside has an eerie attunement to the ineffable nature of existence and the fictions we construct to navigate and explain it' Adam O'Riordan, Financial Times
A young girl, Liv, lives with her mother on a remote island in the Arctic Circle. Her only friend is Kyrre, an old man who beguiles her with tales of trolls, mermaids, and the huldra, a wild spirit who appears as an irresistibly beautiful girl, to tempt young men to danger and death.
Then two boys, classmates of Liv, drown within weeks of each other under mysterious circumstances in the still, moonlit waters off the shores of her home. Were the deaths accidental, or were the boys lured to their doom by a malevolent spirit?
'It's very, very rare for a writer to be equally good at poems and novels. John Burnside is. He's a brilliant poet, a brilliant memoirist, and a brilliant novelist' Independent
'Written with deceptive elegance, riddled with gaps and non sequiturs and a clever travesty of several genres, this is a disturbing, provocative book' Guardianshow more