Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel 2018
A Guardian Best Book of 2018
Shortlisted for the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel 2019
Eve and Dinah are everything to one another, never parted day or night. They are raised among the Children, a community of strays and orphans ruled by a mysterious figure they call Uncle. All they know is the grey Isle of Altnaharra, which sits in the black sea off the wildest coast of Scotland.
Eve loves the free, savage life of the Isle and longs to inherit Uncle’s power. She is untroubled save by her dreams; of soft arms and a woman singing. Dinah longs for something other.
But the world is at war and cannot be kept at bay. As the solitude of Altnaharra is broken, Eve’s faith and sanity fracture. During a great storm in the depths of winter, as the old year dies, the locals discover a devastating scene on the Isle.
Eve and Dinah’s accounts of that night contradict and intertwine. As past and present converge, only one woman an be telling the truth. Who is guilty, who innocent?
Praise for Little Eve:
“Magnificent… shades of Shirley Jackson and the Loney.” – Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat
“A wonderful literary gothic tale.” – Sarah Pinborough, author of Cross her Heart
“You liked The Wasp Factory? Jog on Banks. Meet Little Eve.” – Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street