Tinder Press 2018
When Audrey Hart flees London for the Isle of Skye, she does not envisage the power and influence of the island’s folklore and superstitions.
It is 1857 and the Highland Clearances have left devastation, poverty and a community riven by fear. On arrival, Audrey is met with hostility; it is clear that she is not welcome her.
Then she discovers the body of a young girl.
As others vanish, locals insist the girls are the victims of the restless dead: spirits who take the form of birds.
Unconvinced, Audrey takes it upon herself to find answers. But what hideous truths lie behind these fairy stories?
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The Story Keeper was a holiday read for me, a very decent beach read and a gripping piece of historical fiction. Folklore and fairy tales are interesting aren’t they – how they shape us and what they tell us, how they help us to understand and interpret the world we live in.
And it is this concept which forms the backdrop for The Story Keeper. The folk of Skye hold certain beliefs about why girls are going missing but forward thinking Audrey has other ideas. Having fled from London in the midst of another scandal, Audrey is a consistent and authentic character who refuses to do nothing in the face of injustice.
I really liked the premise of this book, in Audrey the author has created a strong and likeable lead female character. This book is interesting form a historical perspective in terms of the role andvalue of women othe the time. The use of folklore served further to cement the thinking, but it is interesting how entrenched these roles have become.
This was a holiday read and I must say how surprised I was in terms of how quickly I read this book. The writing was very accessible, which is not always the case with historical fiction and the storyline was strong. With a mystery at its heart, there was lots to keep me engaged and The Story Keeper is definitely a book I would recommend.
About the Author
Anna Mazzola’s first novel, The unseeing, was published to critical acclaim in 2016. She is a criminal justice solicitor and lives in South East London with her husband and two children.