The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola (Headline)
From the author of THE UNSEEING comes a sizzling, period novel of folk tales, disappearances and injustice set on the Isle of Skye. 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 here. And 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?