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The Rattled Bones

(2017)
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Maine-bred, independent Rilla Brae is no stranger to the deep. She knows the rhythms of hard work and harder seas. But when she experiences the sudden death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead blurs, and she begins to be haunted by a girl on a nearby uninhabited island. The girl floats a song over the waves, and it is as beautiful as it is terrifying. Familiar and distant.

Then Rilla meets Sam, a University of Southern Maine archeology student tasked with excavating the very island where the ghostly girl has appeared. Sam sifts the earth looking for the cultural remains of an island people who were forcibly evicted by the state nearly a hundred years ago. Sam tells Rilla the island has a history no locals talk about - if they know about it at all - due to the shame the events brought to the working waterfront community. All Rilla knows for sure is that the island has always been there - an eerie presence anchored in the stormy sea. Now Sam's work and the ghostly girl's song lure Rilla to the island's shores.

As Rilla helps Sam to unearth the island's many secrets, Rilla's visions grow - until the two discover a tragedy kept silent for years. And it's a tragedy that has everything to do with Rilla's past.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"An electrifying, taut tale of the sea, grief, and memory that will take your breath away. You will not soon forget Rilla Brae, Malaga Island, or S.M. Parker's gorgeous, scary story. Keep the lights on." - Kathleen Glasgow

"Equal parts beautiful and chilling, Shannon M. Parker's sophomore novel will sweep you away to the icy waters and small coastal towns of Maine, where the past refuses to be ignored and family secrets are dredged to the surface with the day's catch. Unputdownable, and like the roar of the sea once you've heard it, unforgettable." - Sarah Glenn Marsh

"Gorgeous and lyrical, Parker's mesmerizing story is a siren's song that lures you into a beautiful fog of secrets and mystery." - Adriana Mather

"THE RATTLED BONES is like a ghost story told around a bonfire on a cold northern beach. This exquisite, stormy mystery and its seafaring heroine will keep you reading long into the night." - Rebecca Podos

"I am in love with this book. THE RATTLED BONES is cinematic and atmospheric and made me feel the grief and the grit and the salt air in my chest. The writing is gorgeous yet ghostly. And brave Rilla Brae is the ultimate heroine I wish I had the guts to be." - Marisa Reichardt

"In this chilling story of grief, ghosts, and secrets, Parker leads you on a journey that reveals a deep and unexpected connection between the past and the present. Full of twists and turns, darkness and light, THE RATTLED BONES will stay with you long after you ve turned the last page." - Amber Smith


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August 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Rattled Bones
Author(s): S M Parker
ISBN: 1-4814-8204-1 / 978-1-4814-8204-2 (USA edition)
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Title: The Rattled Bones
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