Five years ago, 14-year-old Max Wheeler disappeared from Priest's Island, an isolated but bleakly beautiful place on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. In the close-knit local community, there are no secrets - except what happened to Max. None of the police or private investigations since have shed any light on what happened the night he went missing, presumed dead. But there is one man who is yet to take on the case: The Sea Detective.
Cal McGill is an oceanographer and unique investigator who uses his knowledge of tides, winds and currents to solve mysteries no one else can. However, Cal is an unwelcome stranger who must navigate the tensions between Max's inconsolable father, the broken family he has neglected and the embittered locals, resentful after years of suspicion. As Cal arrives, a violent storm approaches, threatening to completely cut off the island, with a possible murderer at large....
©2016 Mark Douglas-Home (P)2016 Penguin Random House UK
1) set in rural Scotland, an island off the coast 2) several very interesting cgaractrrs 3) some strange characters 4) lors of small boat travel without one monstrous sea creature 5) the police have an almost invisible prescense 6) islanders with quirky agendas whoo complicate the story.... I really liked this book,
The story was tedious and the characters flat and uninteresting. Why does the description make the plot sound engrossing and so many readers give far too many stars?
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
As I listened to this story I thought that the events could have happened. There were no great leaps through 'disbelief' or too great a sense of the plot being contrived to keep me guessing. The places, the people, the story itself were kind of reflections. If you have enjoyed Peter May's, 'The Lewis Trilogy' chances are you could enjoy this one. Island communities being tested not only by the weather.
OK it may not be Great Writing...and there may be an eye on market response...and it is a good story well read.
I took a chance on this based on the short excerpt I heard and the unusual detective model. But, the story is very disconnected, the characters have noting to get u to identify with them. Plus the potential criminal us a bird egg collector. I just gave up an returned this book.
"Better than the last."
I'm glad I bought this book along with the second after reading the first otherwise I might have missed out. I felt the second book in the series was fudged and unwieldy and had too much of a 'romantic' focus. However, this is a return to the more interesting plot lines and characterisation. Also, it continues to highlight the darkness and hardships as well as the beauty of rural life.
I like the female police officer, Helen Jamieson. There was less focus on her 'disadvantages' i.e her weight and physical attributes in this novel and more focus on her professional prowess which I found a step in the right direction from the previous books.
I have listened to a few others and I haven't yet noticed a flaw. One of the best narrators and, in my opinion, made this novel and the others in the series more compelling than the quality of the writing may have been without his contribution.
It's made for film or T.V. As it's set around the island's cafe what about 'The crepes of wrath.'
I hope there's more provided David Monteith narrates.
I did enjoy the previous books by Mark Douglas-Home, but I think the first one was the best to date.
There are interesting stories in this book but it does not seem to form a tight whole. I went off it for some months but came back to finish it. Characters from previous books have been developed, giving continuity, and the landscape and weather are other important/interesting factors as in the previous books; but, with a cast of new, unsympathetic characters, my interest was not gripped. It was a not a compelling tale! The narrator could not do much to breath life into it either.
A complex story well written but ultimately too much to swallow .shame as I have enjoyed others.
"Another great story from Mark Douglas Home"
A good tale, great narration, I felt I was there and could really envisage the location. So enjoyable and a great twist.
I really loved the first book in the series. The story in this title was underwhelming. Shame.
"Another excellent instalment"
I'm so glad I discovered this author. I love the sea detective series and this third instalment in the series is every bit as good as the first two. Mark Douglas Home writes so well and has such insight into human character, plus David Monteath's narration is perfect for these books. I also enjoy learning so much about the Scottish islands, their wildlife and the sea itself. Can't wait for the next book!
"Another engrossing story"
Great combination of story and narration. Sad reflection on dis functional family and social prejudice. The scientific / forensic undertones add a depth and colour often lacking in other stories. Personally like the remote location with its associated serenity and the underlying unpredictable malevolence of nature
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