In Desolate Corners, Shadows Crouch
Grace has always been strange. But it is whilst looking after her grandchildren that things come to a head and lead to the death of 3 year-old grand-daughter, Claire. Claire’s death is witnessed by her 8 year-old brother, Adam, who later runs away and disappears. What does his mother’s boyfriend know? Who is the vagrant hiding out on the moors and what has he to do with Adam’s disappearance? In the hunt to find Adam, what do Grace’s visions in hospital reveal and can she be trusted? Set in the wild places of Northumberland and Cumbria, this is the story of a family torn apart by circumstance ansd grief, reunited by the desire to save a child.
The novel deals with a tragedy that tears a family apart, who later reunite to save the life of a child. Grace, the grandmother, has mental health problems and after the tragedy she is sectioned. Memory and the part the past plays is an important theme in the book and the following extracts are from two characters central to the plot. The first is from Grace, when she is sedated in hospital:
Her voice recedes and you slip a little. You smell yourself, naked in Brendan’s arms, your skin the slightly-smoked smell of hot summer days. There’s incense in the air, the vapours curling around the slap of wet bodies, filling your mouth. His hands burn your skin, leaving his brand, which you feel long after he dresses and buttons himself up. Silence clots around you as he leaves.