17-year-old Fiona Tulloch has lived her whole life in Merksay, a small island community in Orkney. A bright, inquisitive girl, Fiona has always felt like she never really fit in with the isolated, sheltered existence of the Merksay islanders. Save for her best friend, Emily, Fiona has never really connected with other people, preferring to lose herself in the world of her detective novels and dream of a more exciting life.
But when Emily goes missing, Fiona begins to see Merksay in an unsettling new light. She starts to believe that perhaps that her difficulty in fitting in wasn’t something wrong with her, but rather something deeply wrong with the island and its people. The more she delves into Merksay’s history, the more unsafe she feels: terrible things are happening in Merksay, and have been for some time. And so, armed with her quick wit and many years worth of learned experience from trashy crime fiction, she decides to escape, fleeing the island and heading for the Scottish mainland.
But Fiona knows she can’t run away forever. She needs to go back to Merksay. She needs to find Emily, or find out what happened to her. She needs someone to help her do it. She needs Greg Hellinger…
And Then Emily Was Gone launches on Tuesday 9th July, at Geek Retreat in Glasgow. More details here.