Goodreads summary: Teenage Silvie is living in a remote Northumberland camp as an exercise in experimental archaeology. Her father is an abusive man, obsessed with recreating the discomfort, brutality, and harshness of Iron Age life. Behind and ahead of Silvie’s narrative is the story of a bog girl, a sacrifice, a woman killed by those closest to her, and as the hot summer builds to a terrifying climax, Silvie and the Bog girl are in ever more terrifying proximity.
I picked this up on a whim from the Granta book stall at the New Suns Feminist Literary Festival and I’m so glad I did. It was completely gripping and entirely unsettling. Reading it had me feeling incredibly tense and I was nervous for the ending in the same kind of way you’re scared to rip off a plaster, so I rushed through the book in practically one sitting so that I didn’t prolong my anxiousness for Silvie. It reminded me a little of Sophie Mackintosh’s The Water Cure, so if you enjoyed that I think you’ll definitely enjoy this!
Read for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge prompt: a book released in 2018.
Rating: 5 / 5 stars.