'Poetic, atmospheric' Daily Mail
Foresight is not always a gift...
The summer Natasha Rothwell turns fifteen, strange dancing lights appear in the sky above her small town, lights that she interprets as portents of doom.
Natasha leads a sheltered life with her beautiful, bohemian mother in a crumbling house by the sea. As news of the lights spreads, more and more visitors arrive in the town, creating a feverish atmosphere of anticipation and dread. And the arrival of a new lodger, the handsome Mr Bowen, threatens to upset the delicate equilibrium between mother and daughter.
Then Natasha's fears seem to be realized when a local teenager goes missing, and she is called on to help. But her actions over that long, hot summer will have unforeseen and ultimately tragic consequences that will cast a shadow for many years to come...
A brooding, gothic-tinged coming-of-age tale... Deftly evokes a simmering summer... There is a gentle lyricism to Donohue's prose that brushes everything with a dreamy heat haze - but the emotions roiling beneath are sharp and cutting - The Times
Poetic, atmospheric - Daily Mail
An elegant, coming-of-age novel that has touches of Françoise Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse as well as LP Hartley's The Go-Between ... the atmosphere and characters Donohue creates linger long after finishing. - Sunday Independent
Haunting and compelling - Emma Rous
Brims with atmospheric, eerie tension - Irish Independent
Donohue looks to be the latest name to join the ranks of Ireland's proud female thriller-writing tradition. - Irish Independent on Rachel Donhue
A dark magic tale which summons the eerie, ominous mood of The Pied Piper of Hamelin, or Picnic at Hanging Rock... Donohue writes with an apparently effortless grace - Big Issue
Donohue's language is sharp, mature and occasionally quite beautiful. There is a poetic lilt to the prose... - Sunday Business Post
Donohue is a master of clean, sharp prose - Irish Times on Rachel Donohue
Eloquent, lyrical prose ... fascinating and thought-provoking - NB Magazine
Donohue's writing is crisp and frequently elegant ... the novel's moving ending feels earned and real. - Irish Times
About the Author
Rachel Donohue graduated from University College, Dublin, in Philosophy and Politics before embarking on a career in communications and media relations. She lives in Dublin. Her debut novel, The Temple House Vanishing was an Irish Times bestseller.