Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we can't wait to be published.
Mother Island by Bethan Roberts
One warm June morning, Maggie Wichelo, a lonely young
woman, arrives at the comfortable Oxford house in which she works as a
nanny. Everything appears normal. Her glamorous employer, Nula, who also
happens to be her cousin, is so tired that she goes back straight back
to bed. Samuel, the two year old boy she looks after, is pleased to see
Maggie and can't wait to start crashing his diggers into the skirting
board. Dedicated, efficient, and fiercely protective of Samuel, Maggie
considers herself an excellent nanny, and Nula and her over-confident
husband Greg have had few complaints about her work.
this is the morning on which Maggie will abduct Samuel, loading him into
a hired car, and driving him to a remote boathouse on the island where
she spent her teenage years: Anglesey, known to the locals as Môn, Mam Cymru, or the Mother of Wales.
For Maggie, everything goes back to the island. This is the beautiful,
menacing and mysterious place where she spent the summer, aged fifteen,
watching her brother Joe fall in love, her parents' relationship
disintegrate, and her uncle Ralph paint the glorious Menai Strait. The
island is where Maggie's life fell apart, and it is where she will
attempt, in her own way, to put it back together again.