The links Sandra Ireland weaves between Sarah’s investigation of the past and her present ensured from beginning to end I could not put this book down. I was left wishing it was longer… Ireland approaches difficult subjects with sensitivity and realism which gives the book a deeply human perspective… This gripping tale has left me longing for a sequel'
Dundee Courier, Scottish Book of the Week
Ireland stitches all her threads together with a sure hand and warm humour, tackling issues such as dementia and people-trafficking while staying on a relatable domestic scale'
A gentle, well-told psychological thriller with a bite in the finish'
A spell-binding, eerie, edge-of-the-seat read'
I love [Sandra Ireland’s] blend of piercing reality and folklore. Here we step into a new series, …I felt myself sympathising, smiling, and investing in [Sarah Sutherland] as a character. …A clever brew of tension, diversions and suspense…with an unexpected bite Sight Unseen challenges and provokes'
A good read, with rounded, engaging characters, enough mystery to keep you guessing and some fascinating insights into Scotland's past'
Scotland on Sunday
Sight Unseen by Sandra Ireland is a great weekend read. It's one of those books that you can't put down once you have picked it up, so you should just make the time to settle back, relax and enjoy it'
About the Book
Sarah Sutherland wanted to be an archaeologist but now she is struggling to cope with the demands of work and caring for her elderly father, who has his own secret troubles.
Her fascination with the past still remains, and she feels a special affinity with Alie Gowdie, the Kilgour Witch, who lived in Sarah’s cottage until her unjust execution for sorcery during the Civil War.
As Alie and Sarah’s stories collide, can Sarah uncover the truth in order to right a centuries old wrong? And what else might modern-day Kilgour be hiding, just out of sight?
Sandra Ireland was born in Yorkshire, lived for many years in Limerick, and is now based in Carnoustie. She began her writing career as a correspondent on a local newspaper but quickly realised that fiction is much more intriguing than fact. In 2013 Sandra was awarded a Carnegie-Cameron scholarship to study for an MLitt in Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee, graduating with a distinction in 2014. Her work has appeared in various publications and women's magazines. She is the author of Beneath the Skin (2016), Bone Deep (2018) and The Unmaking of Ellie Rook (2019).
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