The Raptures

The Raptures

‘Original and exciting, terrifying and hilarious’ Sunday Times Ireland

Summary


'Absolutely MAGNIFICENT: dark, witty, charming. I LOVED it.' MARIAN KEYES

'Original, terrifying, hilarious and memorable.' SUNDAY TIMES IRELAND

'An Agatha Christie-esque whodunnit, a dark supernatural mystery and an account of mass trauma...meticulously observed.' GUARDIAN

When several children from the same village start succumbing to a mysterious illness, the quest to discover the cause has devastating and extraordinary consequences.

It is late June in Ballylack. Hannah Adger anticipates eight long weeks' reprieve from school, but when her classmate Ross succumbs to a violent and mysterious illness, it marks the beginning of a summer like no other.

As others fall ill, questions about what - or who - is responsible pitch the village into conflict and fearful disarray. Hannah is haunted by guilt as she remains healthy while her friends are struck down. Isolated and afraid, she prays for help.

Elsewhere in the village, tempers simmer, panic escalates and long-buried secrets threaten to emerge.

Bursting with Carson's trademark wit, profound empathy and soaring imagination, The Raptures explores how tragedy can unite a small community - and tear it apart. At its heart is the extraordinary resilience of one young girl. As the world crumbles around her, she must find the courage to be different in a place where conforming feels like the only option available.

Darkly funny, highly inventive and deeply moving, The Raptures is an unmissable novel of 2022

'I gobbled up The Raptures . . . packed with wit and heart, and always utterly absorbing.' LISA MCINERNEY

'Utterly compulsive and gripping . . .
Jan Carson is a true original. An absolute must read. Outstanding.' ELAINE FEENEY

'Heart-rending, hilarious . . . it's a belter' LOUISE KENNEDY

'Blistering...glorious...written from the guts and from the heart.' LUCY CALDWELL

'One of the most exciting and original Northern Irish writers of her generation' SUNDAY TIMES

Darkly funny, highly inventive and deeply moving, The Raptures is an unmissable novel of 2022


Readers love The Raptures:
***** 'An incredibly original and compelling story set in a Protestant community during the Troubles in N.Ireland.'
***** 'A beautiful story about religion, illness, death, grief, ghosts, growing up, belonging and family'
***** 'I couldn't put it down... Definitely one of the top books this year.'
***** 'A very vivid picture of life in a religious community in rural Northern Ireland during the early 90s but in many ways it transcends its time and place... I gulped it down.'
***** 'I loved everything about this book. The writing style, the characters, the humour. Best book I have read this year by a mile!'

Reviews

  • Absolutely MAGNIFICENT: dark, witty, charming. I LOVED it
    MARIAN KEYES

About the author

Jan Carson

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast. Her first novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim, followed by a short-story collection, Children's Children (2016), and two flash fiction anthologies, Postcard Stories (2017) and Postcard Stories 2 (2020). Her second novel, The Fire Starters (2019), won the EU Prize for Literature and was shortlisted for the Dalkey Novel of the Year Award. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. She has won the Harper's Bazaar short-story competition and has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize. She specializes in running arts projects and events with older people, especially those living with dementia.
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