HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS: THREE MORE NOVELS
Witch Light Susan Fletcher (2010)
Imprisoned in Inveraray, a young girl named CCorrag from the SScottish mountains is condemned to bburn as a witch. The yyear is 1692 and the GlencoeG Massacre – when members of Clan Campbell loyal to William III and II slaughtered members of Clan MacDonald – has just taken place. Corrag witnessed it and is questioned in her cell. As she describes what she knows, she also unfolds her own story in a novel of great insight and poetic power.
Secrets of the Sea House Elisabeth Gifford (2014)
IIn the 1990s, a young ccouple move into aan old house on the island of Harris. While rrenovating it, they mmake the shocking ddiscovery of a baby’s bonesb in a trunk buried bbeneathh theh flfloor. In the 1860s, the Reverend Alexander Ferguson, newly ordained and struggling to fulfil his priestly duties, lives in the house and studies the local folklore. Alternating between two time periods, Elisabeth Gifford’s fine novel slowly reveals all the secrets the house contains.
His Bloody Project Graeme Macrae Burnet (2015)
In an isolated crofting ccommunity in the HHighlands, a young mman named Roderick MMacrae has committed tthree brutal murders. T Through a variety ofo documents, statementsttt andd narrative voices, readers are enabled to piece together the story behind them and Macrae’s motives for his actions. Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, this is a clever, sophisticated book that manages to be both a highly original crime story and a richly imagined historical novel.