Little Eve (Hardcover)
An atmospheric gothic taking place on a secluded isle in Scotland, Eve is being raised in a reclusive, closed family unit that is lead by a man they call Uncle, The Adder, their leader with mystic powers imbued by the ocean-deity the family worships. We open to the violent destruction of this family at the hands of Eve, leaving only Dinah alive, one eye pulled from her skull. The narrative weaves between present day Dinah and past Eve, exploring their childhood on the island and slowly unraveling the secrets of their family, the danger that looms in the corners of their home, and the terror of growing up when everything you do is to prepare for the end. A twisted tale of how love and corruption can be one in the same.— From Skye
Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel • Winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel • A LibraryReads Hall of Fame Pick!
From Catriona Ward, author of The Last House on Needless Street, comes a heart-pounding tale of faith and family, with a devastating twist
“A great day is upon us. He is coming. The world will be washed away.”
On the wind-battered isle of Altnaharra, off the wildest coast of Scotland, a clan prepares to bring about the end of the world and its imminent rebirth.
The Adder is coming and one of their number will inherit its powers. They all want the honor, but young Eve is willing to do anything for the distinction.
A reckoning beyond Eve’s imagination begins when Chief Inspector Black arrives to investigate a brutal murder and their sacred ceremony goes terribly wrong.
And soon all the secrets of Altnaharra will be uncovered.
“Ward’s skillful weaving of horror and mystery forms a dense, rich tapestry....The play of imagery is as engrossing as the plot twists, making this a rewarding outing from any angle. Horror fans won’t want to miss this.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
"Ward is back with a proven winner ... disquieting, atmospheric ... impossible to look away." —Booklist, STARRED review
"Little Eve is the sort of book that will both surprise and shock you...It’s delightful and disturbing by turns, and almost impossible to put down once you’ve started." —Paste Magazine
“As elegant and strange as it is dark and complex. …One of Ward’s best books, and that’s saying a lot. …[I]t’s a book every lover of dark fiction should read.”—Locus Magazine
“Told in dual timelines, Little Eve is a deliciously spooky book, with prose like whispers on the wind. This one is for fans of cult stories (like me) and the gothic (also me), with dynamic characters and intense pseudo-religious psychology.” —Tor.com
“Haunting, stunning, Little Eve offers a grand tension to shatter the world. Ward is consistently brilliant, and her deft hand once more guides us into humanity's deepest shadows. Atmospheric and unforgettable.” —Hailey Piper, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Queen of Teeth
“A wonderful literary gothic tale.” —Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes
“A smart and moving examination of self delusion and the lengths people go to to keep faith.” —Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies
“A sublime, utterly compelling tale which grabbed me by the lapels and wouldn't let go.” —Irenosen Okojie
“Brilliantly plotted, wonderfully well written and full of surprises.” —Andrew Cowan, author of Pig and Worthless Men
“Little Eve brims with dark energy, full of haunting, surprising turns. You will be guessing and gasping till the end.” —Philip Womack