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In the aftermath of the Great War, Non Davies wakes one morning to find her husband crouching under the kitchen table in a cold sweat and with fear in his eyes, shouldering an imaginary rifle. During the intense heat of that summer she forces herself to sit and watch him, kwing she has to discover what has changed her Davey so completely. A mysterious letter addressed to Davey gives her the clue she needs and takes her to London in search of an answer. When she returns home Non realizes that the dark secrets of his behaviour are working their way ever closer to the surface -secrets that will shatter the fragile happiness of their community if they ever become kwn. This wonderful piece of storytelling is rich in atmosphere and full of characters that leap from the page.
Mari Strachan and her husband live on a tiny smallholding in the hills of Ceredigion, West Wales. Dead Man's Embers is her second novel, following the acclaimed The Earth Hums in B Flat.