My sister is a formwanderer: she is a mirror of want.
Two sisters flee the city of Paradon for a village by the sea, where Old Kelp's cottage - and her recipe book - await them.
Amber feels this is where she finally belongs, baking honey cakes each night for the villagers to collect in the morning.
Maya is a formwanderer, engineered to reflect the wants of others, but now Amber wants Maya to learn how to be herself.
Kip is a child growing up amongst the songs and stories of the village.
When an act of terrible violence stirs and sets free the secrets of a generation, only one of these three can reveal the truth...
Jess Richards was born in Wales in 1972, and grew up too fast in south west Scotland where she lived with her English parents and three brothers, watching the ferry boats going to and from Northern Ireland. She left home at 17, went over the border to England, and lived for a year in Carlisle, before moving to Devon. She gained a first class degree from Dartington College of Arts when she was 21. After brief stints busking and carrying on in both Leeds and London, she moved to Brighton aged 23 where she has grown up a bit slower, and has lived and worked ever since. Her debut novel, SNAKE ROPES, was shortlisted for the 2012 Costa First Novel Award and longlisted for the Green Carnation Prize. www.jessrichards.com www.twitter.com/jessgrr1