The summer Natasha Rothwell turns fifteen, strange dancing lights appear in the sky above her small town, lights that she interprets as portents of doom.
Natasha leads a sheltered life with her beautiful, bohemian mother in a crumbling house by the sea. As news of the lights spreads, more and more visitors arrive in the town, creating a feverish atmosphere of anticipation and dread. And the arrival of a new lodger, the handsome Mr Bowen, threatens to upset the delicate equilibrium between mother and daughter.
Then Natasha's fears seem to be realized when a local teenager goes missing, and she is called on to help. But her actions over that long, hot summer will have unforeseen and ultimately tragic consequences that will cast a shadow for many years to come...
Haunting and compelling ― Emma Rous
Donohue is a master of clean, sharp prose ― Irish Times on Rachel Donohue
Donohue looks to be the latest name to join the ranks of Ireland's proud female thriller-writing tradition. ― Irish Independent on Rachel Donhue
Rachel Donohue is an enchanting writer ― Sunday Business Post on Rachel Donhue
This brooding tale of obsessive love, teenage jealousy and hidden desire has a dark charm ― The i paper on The Temple House Vanishing