They say it s coming back. Before long the moon will find a shadow under the lake. Bubbles will rise and the shadow will spread to a stain. Then, in the night, in the dark, the floating island will surface. Here again. As it was a year ago. The day Tom died. It s almost a year since fifteen-year-old Matt and his younger brother, Tom, rowed out to the island. Matt, confined to a wheelchair and haunted by nightmares, can t remember what happened. Nor does he want to. Only when Sarah Bell, a tough, Geordie girl with a no-nonsense approach, takes up the newly vacant position of Matt s carer, do things begin to change for him. At first, resentful of her presence, he tries to drive her away, but she isn t like the other carers. She isn t like anyone he s ever met. Sarah s attention meanwhile, is focussed on Robert, Matt s psychiatrist. Mature, attractive and a world away from everything she knows, he seems to be exactly what she needs. But Robert, highly skilled at solving other people s problems, is struggling to deal with his own. As the floating island returns to the surface of the lake, Robert forces Matt to confront the truth about his brother s death, but also, unknowingly,
Anna Ralph was born in Thornaby-on-tees in 1974. She worked as a bookseller, in public relations, and in journalism before writing full-time. The Floating Island is her first novel. She lives in Durham.