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The Woman Who Walked into the Sea Audiobook

The Woman Who Walked into the Sea

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Woman Who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home, read by David Monteath.

The daughter who nobody wanted learns the truth about the mother she never knew.

Cal McGill is a unique investigator and oceanographer who uses his expertise to locate things - and sometimes people - lost or missing at sea. His expertise could unravel the haunting mystery of why, 26 years ago on a remote Scottish beach, Megan Bates strode out into the cold ocean and let the waves wash her away.

Megan's daughter, Violet Wells, was abandoned as a baby on the steps of a local hospital just hours before the mother she never knew took her own life. As McGill is drawn into Violet's search for the truth, he encounters a coastal community divided by obsession and grief and united only by a conviction that its secrets should stay buried....

©2016 Mark Douglas-Home (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

What the Critics Say

"Simply intoxicating." (Library Journal)
"Entertaining and gripping mystery." (The Herald)
"A classic whodunit." (The Scotsman)
"Cal McGill is a triumph...a wonderfully unique creation." (crimefictionlover.com)
"Great writing, enjoyable story-telling and wonderful characterization." (The Scots Magazine)

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    Fay Seattle, WA, United States 09-04-17
    Fay Seattle, WA, United States 09-04-17 Member Since 2008
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    "A Disappointment after the first book"

    I was actually intrigued by the info in the first book about sea currents and how the "detective" used his work to follow them. This book had none of that. It was a mystery with pretty stock characters and not about the sea currents at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Graham Emslie 07-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Let me down just a little at the end.."

    Loved the whole story.. engaging, interesting, so well read... & liked the twists and turns near the end, but was very disappointed (&angry) with suicide of a character who could have helped & end up well herself, if she'd not been so daft. Also disappointed & saddened with suicide of her endearing cousin. Also. Wanted $$ provided for full & complete education of Anna & any other future children..
    Can I rewrite the last part?? Instead of fizzling, it could have crackled!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-11-16
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    "Very soapy opera"
    What disappointed you about The Woman Who Walked into the Sea?

    It takes too long to get where it's supposed to be, lost interest


    Has The Woman Who Walked into the Sea turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This is the second book by him that I have read. I have trouble liking any of his characters, and the ones I do like tend to die.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Monteath?

    Narrator was good, kept me listening


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Renka
    Kirriemuir, Scotland
    1/26/16
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    "Every bit as good as the first book"
    What did you like most about The Woman Who Walked into the Sea?

    Good story with a few twists


    Which character – as performed by David Monteath – was your favourite?

    David Monteath is a good narrator who makes all the characters believable


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Douglas-Home has captured the 'detective with a difference' perfectly. Good to have this type of story without the seemingly obligatory Detective Inspector as the main character

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rogayah
    Reading, United Kingdom
    4/6/16
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    "Benign appearances"

    This as not as good as the first book. The sea and Cal don't play a very strong part in the action, coming a poor second to Violet Wells and her quest to find out about her birth mother who seems to have abandoned her at birth and died or disappeared by walking into the sea.

    It was quite interesting enough to listen to the end to find out more about the reticent, hostile natives but it did not live up to the standard set by the first book nor was it as lively.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Colette
    Gorebridge, United Kingdom
    1/28/16
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    "Great series"

    Even better than the first book in the series. Strong, well developed characters, a brilliant story line and a wonderful setting. Beautifully read. Really looking forward to the next instalment in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Shepherd
    Northants, England
    4/14/16
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    "Enthralling but sad"

    A wonderful second instalment in the "Sea Detective" series. Simpler in construction than the first book which had two distinct plots which were woven together so expertly. In this novel there is one plot but involving the past again, with all the main characters playing a significant role in the past and present. Fascinating story. Once again David Monteath's brilliant narration was perfect for the story, making the different characters instantly recognisable. At the end his voice is full of empathy for the characters and almost made me cry. A very satisfying audiobook and I can't wait for Audible to make the next book, The Malice of Waves, available to preorder. Mark Douglas-Home is a wonderful discovery and I hope he writes many more books featuring the very sympathetic and unconventional oceanographer Cal McGill.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    2/10/16
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    "Thoroughly recommended!"

    I rarely write reviews but was so impressed by this book, and the Sea Detective, that I felt compelled to recommend what are two excellent reads. It's only when I stumble across and listen to such great, well written books that I realise how badly written some books are! There was no fluff or annoying phrases - every word had a purpose and was relevant to the plot.
    The characters are portrayed as believable, the story gripped me and I listened every available minute I could find.
    For me, it's also 'all about the voice' and I wasn't disappointed. David Monteath's narration and character interpretation was excellent.
    I rate 5 stars without hesitation

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    12/10/16
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    "Less involvement by Cal - but still good"

    I like the way this author writes, his characters are interesting and one cares about their lives. Cal's investigative skills were less used in this book - but he was still a nice addition, I am quite fond of him!

    Interesting story, a few red herrings and a good finale.

    Nicely read by David Monteath

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sally
    Nelson, New Zealand
    10/7/17
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    "a great who dunnit"

    loved this book always trying to work out the plot. always wondering if there was a sub plot. not so much sea detectiving in this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JPH
    Hertfordshire
    10/3/17
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    "A thoroughly enjoyable story."

    Thoroughly enjoyable story which kept my attention throughout. An adopted women goes looking for her birth mother & the 26 year mystery surrounding her dissapearance/suicide!!??. This involves historic adultery, family recentments, vengeance & hostility from the local criminal fraternity. Unlike the first book Cal McGill's expertise does not feature heavily in this second book but this doesn't distract from a very intriguing story with a clever twist at the end. My only disappointment was with Violets decision regarding the Ritchie/Anderson family inheritance. Once again a brilliant narration by David Monteath. Thoroughly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mandy Dockery
    9/30/17
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    "Well written but ..."

    Sorry to say but I found this book quite dull and I was unable to finish it. On the plus side, the narrator was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • forsinard
    9/24/17
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    "disappointed"
    Any additional comments?

    I liked the writing of The Sea Detective. I had some concerns about the tone in which women appeared to be considered, but overall I thought it elegantly written and refreshingly different. This has a similar elegance but little detection or involvement with Cal, which is such a pity. It just unrolls, not especially with complication, and does feel something of a draft. Though I've bought the third book in the series I'm not driven to read it. I also found the narration of a couple of characters jarring, though otherwise the narration is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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