Michael Gardiner has lived in Coldhaven all his life, yet he still feels like an outsider. When Moira Birnie, convinced that her abusive husband is the devil, kills herself and her two young sons but spares her 14-year-old daughter, Hazel, Michael uneasily recalls his past connections to Moira. As teenagers, Michael and Moira had a brief romance; more troubling, Michael was responsible for the death of Moira's brother, the town bully. In the wake of the tragedy, Michael becomes obsessed with Hazel, who is just old enough to be his daughter. Aware of his obsession, Hazel convinces Michael to take her away from the village and her father. Their journey will take listeners backwards and forward in time, gradually uncovering the secrets of the past.
Set against the untamed Scottish landscape, The Devil's Footprints explores the elemental forces of everyday life: love, fear, grief, and the hope of redemption. It is a novel of mysterious beauty, written with the clarity and power of a folktale.
©2007 John Burnside (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
Tell us about yourself! Just a cynical and tired, retired English professor.
After reading this chiller. one becomes convinced that The Scots make great whiskey, but they have the darkest, most chilling woods in the world (outside Russia) and this setting for real Gothic novels has been too long neglected. The combination of the reader's brogue and the setting fixes this story perfectly--although at times a little exposition would clarify names and places. There is also a fine balance of illusion and reality.
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