Published: 01/02/2013
ISBN: 9781780884967
Format: Paperback



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Catherine Byrne has always wanted to be a writer. Her professional life however, took a very different path. She first studied Glass engraving with Caithness Glass where she worked for fourteen years... read more

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The Broken Horizon
by Catherine M. Byrne

Chrissie Reid, a young battered wife living on a small Orkney island in 1906 finally turns on her husband, Jack. After a particularly brutal attack, she is driven to offering him poison. With no memory of that night, she believes she has killed him, especially when she finds evidence of a body buried in the byre.

In spite of her guilt at having taken another life, Chrissie eventually finds love again. Her strength, determination and love for her fellow islanders carry her through fourteen years of hardship, intercepted and exacerbated by the Great War. But the past won’t stay hidden, and fourteen years after that fateful night, Chrissie is forced to confront the nightmare which has overshadowed her life.

With the arrival of a letter, she discovers that nothing is as it seems. A series of events over which she has no control are set in motion. Lies and secrets are uncovered, leading to a dramatic and tragic climax.

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Since first attending the AGM of the Scottish Association of Writers in 1999, Catherine Byrne has won several prized, commendations and has been short listed both for short stories and chapters of her novel. In 2009, she won second prize in the general novel category for ‘Follow The Dove.’ She has attended an Arvon Foundation course and a Hi-Arts writing program, receiving positive feedback on her work from both.


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