Tethered: A Novel

[An] hypnotic debut… There’s a quiet, almost stealthy quality to the writing…Clara is an astonishing character, and with language as blunt as the death she sees every day, she expresses herself with devastating simplicity.

—New York Times Review of Books

This is a brilliant debut from a gifted author, who has created an unforgettable central character...Amy MacKinnon is definitely a writer to watch.

—Globe and Mail

[A] perfect example of a book that belongs in this program, bringing together unforgettable characters and a well-plotted mystery with language that is rich and full...Highly recommended and not to be missed, TETHERED will keep you thinking well past the last page.

—Borders’ Original Voices Program

[A] haunting read…[Tethered] is rich in sensory details without losing immediacy in its plotting.

—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MacKinnon’s fascination with the inner workings of her uncle’s funeral business inspired this haunting, gracefully rendered, debut.


Clara's perfectly rendered cold, cautious, frightened voice lifts the novel above mere entertainment…an elegant illustration of a nature that letting nothing in, gives nothing out.

—Boston Globe

Fans of Kathy Reichs will relish this haunting and multi-layered debut novel, which contains a killer twist.

—Marie Claire, Australia

[A] long time after having turned the last page of the book, one still thinks of this sad and sensual heroine.

—Elle France

Teathered - A Novel

Shasta daisies for innocence;
irises for faith, hope, and wisdom;
asphodel for eternal sorrow.

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