The Rattled Bones (Paperback)
Ã¢ÂÂThe feminist ghost story youÃ¢ÂÂve been waiting for.Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂBustle
Unearthing years of buried secrets, Rilla Brae is haunted by ghostly visions tied to the tainted history of a mysterious island in this Ã¢ÂÂelectrifying, taut tale of the sea, grief, and memoryÃ¢ÂÂ (Kathleen Glasgow) from the author ofÃÂ The Girl Who Fell.
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 aboutÃ¢ÂÂif they know about it at allÃ¢ÂÂdue to the shame the events brought to the working waterfront community. All Rilla knows for sure is that the island has always been thereÃ¢ÂÂan eerie presence anchored in the stormy sea. Now SamÃ¢ÂÂs work and the ghostly girlÃ¢ÂÂs song lure Rilla to the islandÃ¢ÂÂs shores.
As Rilla helps Sam to unearth the islandÃ¢ÂÂs many secrets, RillaÃ¢ÂÂs visions growÃ¢ÂÂuntil the two discover a tragedy kept silent for years. And itÃ¢ÂÂs a tragedy that has everything to do with RillaÃ¢ÂÂs past.