This novel is fabulous on so many levels. For one thing, it takes place on a remote, sparsely inhabited island off the coast of Ireland. Historically, this was the island that St. Brigid chose to live with her nuns. However, the people who live here also believe in, and fear the fairies that rule over the island. I loved the fairy lore that this novel includes, but also the remoteness of the island lends an atmosphere reminiscent of the Gothic novel.
The story follows Emer and her son Niall after they welcome an American woman named Brigid who has decided to move into a cottage that she inherited from an unknown uncle. Brigid has her own secrets that Emer hopes to uncover.
The characters are strange, as is to be expected as they live with no electricity, running water or telephones. The smallness of their world is in extreme juxtaposition to the incredible natural surroundings around them. However, there are more than a few mysteries and hidden realities to go along with the fairy stories.
I really don’t want to say too much, as I want you to read this book for yourselves. Suffice to say that it’s well written with interesting and diverse characters. I highly recommend this novel. Well done, Carey!