Out now in paperback

ABOVE by Isla Morley


Blythe, a sixteen-year-old Kansas schoolgirl is abducted and kept in an abandoned silo by a survivalist, who is convinced that the world is about to end.
Struggling to survive, crushed by loneliness and the terrifying madness of her captor, Blythe resists the temptation to give up. Nothing, however, prepares her for the burden of having to raise a child in confinement.
Just when Blythe starts to believe that she may be confined to the silo for life, their lives are ambushed by one event that is at once promising and devastating…



Riveting and unforgettable, this is a beautifully written and compelling tale of survival, reinvention, and hope.

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‘an audacious page turner’  Publishers Weekly

‘Powerful… very intriguing and provocative.’ Kirkus Reviews

‘Part psychological thriller, part brilliantly conceived nightmare, you should read it with all the lights on.’ Bustle.com

‘A riveting, heart-stopping tale of determination, love, and hope for the future.’ Daily Candy

‘A novel like none other… you will want to hug the author for the sheer brilliance of it.’ Jenn’s Bookshelves

‘One hell of a page-turner… beautifully written and exquisitely detailed.’ No Thanks, I’d Rather Read

‘A riveting read favored with a strong female protagonist and plenty of drama.’ The Novel Pursuit

‘I was so mesmerized that I couldn’t put down the book. Read Above… and be sure to breathe.’ Book Hog

‘Morley is a stunning storyteller.’ The Daily Beast


Isla MorleyIsla Morley grew up in South Africa during apartheid, the child of a British father and fourth-generation South African mother. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, Come Sunday, now available through Two Roads, was published in 2009 . It was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction in 2009 and was a finalist for the Commonwealth Prize. It has been translated into seven languages.

Visit Isla’s website or her Facebook page.



‘A heart-wrenching tale of unthinkable loss and hard-won healing, this is a novel to savor, like the lingering notes of a fine wine.’  Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

Abbe Deighton has lost her bearings.

Once a child of South Africa and now settled in Hawaii married to a minister, she is chafing against the expectations of her life, her husband’s congregation, her marriage and the constant demands of motherhood.

But in an instant, beginning with the skid of tyres, Abbe’s life is transformed when her three-year-old daughter is killed, triggering a seismic grief that cuts a swathe through the landscape of her life. Clawing its way through the strata of grief comes the memory of another tragedy, one that has been tucked away for twenty years. If Abbe is to find a way through blame and guilt and find redemption she must confront the last summer of her youth.

It is a journey that will take her back to the continent of her childhood bringing her face-to-face with her past, to the old witchdoctor’s hut where curses were cast, secrets kept and a crime concealed. Abbe will have to make the harshest of choices, choices which blur the lines of life and death, responsibility and forgiveness, murder and self-defence, in order to find her true homeland.

Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and longlisted for the South Africa Times Fiction Prize.

One response to “ABOVE – Isla Morley”

  1. adam says:

    Above is a really good book…

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