Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall

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Shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2017 A haunting YA thriller unfolds on an isolated beach.

Commenting on her nomination for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize Claire said: "I'm incredibly pleased that ‘Black Cairn Point’ has been selected as one of the short-listed novels. This is the first year of the new Scottish Teenage Book Prize and I'm delighted to be a part of it. What I love best about the prize is that it is determined purely by votes from Scottish teenage readers. I'm really looking forward to connecting with young readers and sharing my story with them."


Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall

Heather agrees to a group camping holiday with Dougie and his friends because she's desperate to get closer to him. But when the two of them disturb a pagan burial site above the beach, she becomes certain that they have woken a malevolent spirit. Something is alive out there in the pitch-black dark, and it is planning to wreak deadly revenge.

One year later Heather knows that she was very lucky to escape Black Cairn Point but she is still waiting for Dougie to wake from his coma. If he doesn't, how will she prove her sanity, and her innocence?

A chilling and atmospheric thriller from unflinching and award-winning writer Claire McFall.


Gripping, constantly surprising, and with a truly shocking finale, this book proves yet again that McFall is one of the most fearless voices for YA fiction in Scotland -- Jasmine Fassl The Scotsman

About the Author

Claire McFall

Claire McFall grew up just south of Glasgow in the heart of Celtic and Rangers country, and she now teaches English to teenagers in Peebles, Scotland where she lives.

Claire's work is, in essence, all about first love and difficult decisions. Her novels take romantic narratives and engaging characters and hurl them into unusual and extreme settings. She then explores her characters’ reactions to these unfamiliar situations and the new and confusing feelings that beset them in a hyper-real, engaging, deeply poignant and literary manner. She is fascinated by teenagers and what makes them tick and by the transforming power of love.

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 16


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6th August 2015




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