“A woman under the ice… the ghost woman, face up, in a blur, her hair a dark stream, and her dress a white, watery billow. The woman flowed… her eyes opened – blank holes which reflected the violet in the sky.”
Century, by Sarah Singleton, is one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read. It’s a wonderfully written gothic story about a girl called Mercy who lives in a mansion called Century. For some reason, every day she lives is the same, until she finds a snowdrop on her pillow. Several strange things follow and eventually Mercy finds herself wondering what happened to her mother, who apparently died (although she does not recall attending the funeral), and trying to solve a great mystery in order to break her family out of the gloomy pattern that is all she can remember.
I love not only the actual plot, but the settings. Everything seems so magical and you can easily imagine how everything would look in your head, even though it is quite a surreal sight. And now that I think of it, this story would fit excellently as a Tim Burton movie. What’s not to love, right?
Fits the subject of this post to a tee, naturally. It’s sung by the wife of Jack White, which makes them the perfect couple. She reminds me of a fairy, or maybe a siren, with her lovely voice. This is a beautiful song, with magical words. Yes, it is the Tune of the Day:
Karen Elson – The Ghost Who Walks
Farewell, for now…