Of Sea and Sand

Book excerpt

She spun around – no sign, no sense, anymore, of anyone else. ‘Who’s here?”
He stopped. She couldn’t see his face. “You.”
“Who are you talking to?”
“You,” he said again.
“No – there’s a woman. Someone. I heard her.”
“No,” he said kindly. “It’s just us.”
The night air was frigid. Her mouth dry as dust.
“The singing sands, they call it.”

Of Sea and Sand book cover
Of Sea and Sand book cover

Of Sea and Sand

Paperback & K​indle
by Denyse Woods

Gabriel Sherlock arrives in Oman in 1982, fleeing shame and disaster back home in Ireland, and begins an intense affair with a woman whom no one else can see. Locals insist she must be a jinn—a supernatural being—but Gabriel refuses to buy into the folklore, even after her sudden, alarming disappearance.

Twenty-six years later, Irishwoman Thea Kerrigan lands in Muscat, chasing her own ghosts, and is approached by Gabriel, who believes she is his lost lover. Certain that they have never met before, Thea is nonetheless drawn to this deluded, and perhaps dangerous, stranger and the rumours that surround him.

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‘Supernaturally good. It is an engaging, unusual, and thought-provoking book.’

Irish Times

‘… a mind-bending journey in which reality and fantasy get intertwined.’

Gulf News

‘A fascinating and atmospheric read … Of Sea and Sand is arguably Denyse’s best book yet.’

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