An extraordinary and unforgettable debut - Anna Ralph's first novel is a searing psychological account of loss and betrayal in the bestselling tradition of Maggie O'Farrell and Kate Atkinson.
They say it’s coming back. Before long the moon will find a shadow. Bubbles will rise and the shadow will spread to a stain. Then, in the night, in the dark, the Floating Island will surface. Here again. As it was a year ago. The day Tom died.
A year after they rowed out to the island Tom’s older brother, Matt, is still in a wheelchair, haunted by nightmares. He can’t remember what happened. Nor does he want to. Only when eighteen-year-old Sarah Bell, a tough, Geordie lass with a no-nonsense approach, takes up the position of Matt’s carer, do things begin to change for him. Lonely, embittered, and resentful at first of her presence, Matt slowly softens towards her - but Sarah has troubles of her own, and her attentions are distracted by Robert, Matt’s psychiatrist, himself grieving over the failure of his marriage.
Drawn together for one long, hot summer, as the floating island breaks the surface of the lake again, Matt, Sarah and Robert are set on a collision course that will change their lives forever.