When her dad, Nick is rushed to hospital with a smashed shoulder, he and Kikarin eavesdrop on a strange, muted conversation behind the curtains of the next bed. The patient . . . Lady Wilton . . . seems to have been saved from committing suicide byMoreWhen her dad, Nick is rushed to hospital with a smashed shoulder, he and Kikarin eavesdrop on a strange, muted conversation behind the curtains of the next bed.
The patient . . . Lady Wilton . . . seems to have been saved from committing suicide by her daughter. What could have driven her into taking such desperate measures? Her salvation quietly becomes an obsession for Nick. This is the story of Kiri, a beautiful older-than-her-years English-Japanese teenager who moves with her family from Putney to the Scottish Borders when her father accepts a job as Forestry Manager.
She is abruptly pulled out of her West London comfort zone to a world of no Broadband, no mobile phone signal and no friends. Her beauty catches the attention of Chris, the landowners son as well as the unwelcome interest of his father and her dads boss, the Laird, Lord Roderick Duncan. When Lord Duncan offers to help with her research into ritual iron-age cultures she reluctantly agrees to meet him. But he lures and then traps her in the old waiting room of the disused station at Riccarton Junction. She succeeds in turning the tables on him and makes her escape home, only to discover her petty-criminal brother has arrived unexpectedly at the remote Border manse-house where they have set up home, trailing in his wake a procession of savage, sadistic criminal underworld types who cannot believe their good fortune when they discover he has a beautiful sister.
Over the course of the school year, as she struggles with simmering racism as well as her final exams, the novel weaves class, wealth and fate together in a tapestry in which Kiri and her family . . . ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances . . . fight to survive without any help from the police, weapons or guns.
Original, occasionally dark and sometimes disturbing the book is a slow-burning thriller as well as a compelling coming of age story.