ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: June 18, 2015
The Insect Rosary
By (author) Sarah Armstrong
‘I have a gift for you and Nancy.’ She put her hand into her pocket and pulled out two little plastic bags. There were two strings of rosary beads, black and shiny like a line of beetles. All families have secrets, but Bernadette’s are more dangerous than most. On holiday in Northern Ireland in 1982, she and her older sister discover their family is involved with disappearances and murder. Thirty years later Nancy makes a disastrous return to the farm with her own family. The events of the past gradually and menacingly reveal why those sisters have not spoken to each other since that last disturbing summer together.
Reviews of The Insect Rosary
'An atmospheric exploration of the intensity of sibling relationships, The Insect Rosary is chilling and evocative: a story full of dark humour, unexpected tensions and unanswered questions, leading to an unbearably tense conclusion.' Elizabeth Haynes, author Into the Darkest Corner
Sarah Armstrong’s more recent short stories, ‘Realignment’ and ‘Year of the Dragon’, have been published in Mslexia and Litro. Her poem, ‘The Polesworth Pact’, was selected to be displayed on a sculpture as part of the Polesworth Poets Trail. Sarah has been an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing with the Open University since 2006. The Insect Rosary is Sarah’s first novel and is inspired by having spent seventeen years of summer holidays in Northern Ireland. She lives in Colchester with her husband and four children.