“We came out here to begin again. We came out here for the clear air and a fresh start. No one said to us: beware of fresh starts. No one said to us: god knows what will begin.”
Heavily pregnant Grace and her partner Pete are done with the city: the suffocating smog, the bad memories, the other women from Pete’s past and the death of Grace’s mother. Above all, Grace is haunted by the rumours of the skin sealing epidemic starting to infect the urban population. Surely their new remote mountain house will offer safety, a place to forget the nightmares and start their little family. To get it right this time. But the mountains and their people hold a different kind of danger. With their relationship under intolerable pressure, violence erupts and Grace is faced with the unthinkable as she fights to protect her unborn child.
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‘Sealed is a harrowing, engaging, moving and deeply thoughtful text about motherhood, anxiety, conservation and romantic relationships: in short, it’s an absolute belter and exactly the kind of unique fiction that indie presses should be proud to publish.'
‘[A]n accomplished, slow-burning meditation on motherhood, pregnancy and love … The tense, gut-wrenching climax is a masterclass in sustained descriptive imagery: though it’s not for the faint-hearted, and expectant mothers might choose to steer clear, Sealed is a marvellous first novel.'
‘[A] brilliant dystopian distillation of just about all the ecological fears a young parent can suffer from.’
Sealed is the perfect modern horror novel
Timely and hair-raising
Booth’s ability to create an emotional quest around Alice’s dilemma is gripping. And when she describes the victims of the disease, well, it’s enough to make your skin tingle.
Every so often a novel comes along that is so attuned to the current mood and socio-political zeitgeist, it practically hums with power . . . An essential read.