1648. Alie Gowdie marries Richard Webster during a turbulent time in Scotland's history. Charles I is about to lose his head, and little does Alie know that she too will meet a grisly end within the year.
2019. Sarah Sutherland is struggling to cope with the demands of her day job, caring for her elderly father and keeping tabs on her backpacking daughter. She wanted to be an archaeologist, but now in her forties, she is divorced, alone, and there seems to be no respite, no glimmer of excitement on the horizon. However, she does have a special affinity with the Kilgour Witch, Alie Gowdie, who lived in Sarah's cottage until her execution in 1648, and Sarah likes nothing better than to retreat into a world of sorcery, spells and religious fanaticism.
Her stories delight tourists as she leads them along the cobbled streets of her home town, but what really lies behind the tale of Alie Gowdie, the Kilgour Witch? Can Sarah uncover the truth in order to right a centuries-old wrong? And what else might modern-day Kilgour be hiding, just out of sight?
Sandra Ireland was awarded a Carnegie-Cameron scholarship to study for an MLitt in Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee, graduating with a distinction in 2014. Her work has appeared in various publications and women's magazines. She is the author of Beneath the Skin (2016), Bone Deep (2018) and The Unmaking of Ellie Rook (2019). She lives in Carnoustie, Scotland.
'A good read, with rounded, engaging characters, enough mystery to keep you guessing and some fascinating insights into Scotland's past' * Scotland on Sunday * 'I love [Sandra Ireland's] blend of piercing reality and folklore. Here we step into a new series, ...I felt myself sympathising, smiling, and investing in [Sarah Sutherland] as a character. ...A clever brew of tension, diversions and suspense...with an unexpected bite Sight Unseen challenges and provokes' -- Liz Robinson * LoveReading * 'A spell-binding, eerie, edge-of-the-seat read' * Sunday Post * 'A gentle, well-told psychological thriller with a bite in the finish' * Irish Independent * 'Ireland stitches all her threads together with a sure hand and warm humour, tackling issues such as dementia and people-trafficking while staying on a relatable domestic scale' -- Alastair Mabbott * Herald * 'The links Sandra Ireland weaves between Sarah's investigation of the past and her present ensured from beginning to end I could not put this book down. I was left wishing it was longer... Ireland approaches difficult subjects with sensitivity and realism which gives the book a deeply human perspective... This gripping tale has left me longing for a sequel' * Dundee Courier, Scottish Book of the Week *