Monday Give Away

With only a week until Halloween, this week’s give away is another rain-lashed tale of the supernatural– or, in this case, the mythical: an ARC of Simon Sylvester’s The Visitors.

Here’s the official blurb:

the-visitorsIn the tradition of Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks, Simon Sylvester brings an ancient myth to life with this lush, atmospheric coming-of-age tale

Nobody comes to the remote Scottish island of Bancree, and seventeen-year-old Flora can’t wait to move to the mainland when she finishes school. So when a mysterious man and his daughter move into isolated Dog Cottage, Flora is curious. What could have brought these strangers to the island? The man is seductive but radiates menace, while Flo finds a kindred spirit in his daughter, Ailsa.

Meanwhile, several of the men on Bancree have disappeared, unnerving the community. When a body washes ashore, suspicion turns to the newcomers. But Flo suspects something else, even though it seems impossible: She asks local residents for anything they know about ”selkies,” the mythical women who can turn from seal to human and back again.

Convinced of her new neighbors’ innocence, Flo is fiercely determined to protect her friend Ailsa. Can the answer to the disappearances, and to the pull of her own heart, lie out there, beyond the waves?

This book reminded me a little of the tv series Shetland, a little of Peter May’s The Blackhouse, and a little of Megan Abbott’s The Fever (which isn’t set in Scotland, but has a similar tone).

For a chance to win an ARC of The Visitors, here’s your question:

— What’s your favorite Scottish-set book or tv show?

The winner will be announced on Wednesday.


  1. Betty Strohecker on October 24, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Susanna Kearsley’s The Winter Sea.

  2. Tami on October 24, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I love A.D Scott’s Joanne Ross series (the first one, A Small Death in the Great Glen, sets the whole series up really nicely). The Visitors sounds quite similar.

  3. Sarah on October 24, 2016 at 9:46 pm


  4. Carla on October 24, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Isabel Dalhousie series

  5. Denise on October 25, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Lord of the Glen for tv and adore Rosamunde Pilcher’s books set in Scotland (September, etc)

  6. Kylene on October 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Legend in Green Velvet by Elizabeth Peters

  7. Eve on October 26, 2016 at 12:01 am

    I’ll be boring and say Outlander, too.

  8. Elizabeth Guthrie on October 31, 2016 at 9:51 am

    At The Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen – good stuff! (But not gonna lie, Outlander is pretty awesome too.)

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