A mother confronts an old Scottish myth in a desperate attempt to keep her son. A father realises the ghastly implications of his daughter’s all powerful love for him. A teenage girl outgrows her idolized brother after a road trip goes awry. Two brothers war against the backdrop of a divided America, with bitter consequences. A lonely woman discovers the treachery within her relationships after a shocking incident of violence. A grieving widow glimpses hope in the supernaturally dark waters of a childhood lake.
Each must face losing what they hold most dear as they explore the eternal question: what is left after love is gone?
Bysouth’s writing style leans toward the literary and traditional, but it does employ threads of magic realism, especially as the characters’ react to their loss and grief. These emotional shifts create moods that range from love to horror and from hope to confused absurdity. The story elements, though, remain traditional with accessible plots, varied and unique settings, and well-made characterizations.