ACHUKA Book of the Day 25 Feb 2022
“The writing is atmospheric and creepy, and I was constantly on edge. You just know there’s something sinister happening, even if you don’t know what. It’s the feeling of knowing someone is watching you, they’re behind you, and they’re creeping up to you, but you can’t turn around, so you’re just waiting and waiting for them to reach you. You’re constantly on the precipice of terror; it’s all encompassing and inescapable, and bloody brilliant!” Once Upon A Bookcase
“Precious Catastrophe is a story I had been longing to tell, and I had been gathering inspiration for it for the seven years I’d been writing Perfectly Preventable Deaths, knowing what I wanted to happen, and just waiting for the right time to explore it. I relished the opportunity to return to Madeline and Catlin and explore their world a little more.” Deirdre Sullivan
A compelling and darkly magical sequel to Perfectly Preventable Deaths.
Madeline. You’ve lost your soul. You’ve lost your freedom. You’ve lost a bit of your sister. What else could go wrong? Catlin and Madeline are extraordinary sisters, living extraordinary lives – in a place that seems entirely ordinary, but which in fact seethes with secrets, both sacred and sinister. Ballyfran is a village where, for centuries, people who are not quite human have gathered. Catlin has already fallen foul of one such creature – a dark, vicious predator who almost killed her – and only Madeline giving up a part of her own soul was able to bring Catlin back from the brink of death. Now, the girls are making their strange new lives: Catlin, haunted by what happened to her, is isolated and bereft; Madeline is learning ancient magics under the tutelage of local wise woman Mamo. Learning that magic isn’t mindfulness and hats. It’s work – hard work. And Madeline knows she has to keep watch. On her sister. On the things that happen. Notice things before they start to happen. And before long, they do …
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