1 June 2023
A stunning, lyrical tale of loss that’s also a gripping thriller and ghost story.
When her parents disappear, 12 -year-old Raven McKay is put into foster care with Kitty Stromsoe in the town of Grave’s Pass. It’s not an ordinary town. It’s a town where the living and the dead live side by side, but few wear their identity on their sleeves.
All her parents have left Raven is a battered beige suitcase with a faded black butterfly sticker and a note saying not to open the suitcase until the right time. But can she resist? And who among the living and the dead are her friends?
Grave’s Pass has two mayors: one for the living and one for the dead — an arrangement that implies that the two know how to live comfortably side by side.
But beneath the surface lurk dark desires, old mistrusts and vivid jealousies.
Deliciously dark and gorgeously gothic!
Brilliant and magical. A serious grappling with the meaning of life and death wrapped up in the most original and quirkily delicious of tales.
In this startlingly original gothic ghost story, debut children’s author Eibhlís Carcione pairs thrills and chills with empathy and emotion with such poetic precision and bold simplicity that I devoured this book in one memorable sitting. Not to mention the book is magnificently illustrated by Ewa Beniak-Haremska, whose intoxicating artwork adds an entire new level of enchantment and curiosity. Simply exceptional.
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