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The Woman Who Walked into the Sea

By: Mark Douglas-Home
Narrated by: David Monteath
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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Does the Author hates women ?

I don't know, maybe I'm getting old because I'm sick of women being written as dimwits. This is a good writer, yet in the 1st of the series he has a vile man behaving with hatred to his young female detective with every word and thought and she sucks it all up too. Mustn't let him know the vile personal remarks hurt.
All the women in the books have the same gormless spines.

Tired of those male writers who write running commentary of a grown women's thought processes and get it so entirely wrong. I'm thinking these days it's deliberate.
I feel like the author has never had a close sharing relationship with an actual female.
All women are not insipid, nor are they cruel murderers of their own sex..they don't ruin their opportunities to change their future. Nor seek no compensation when monetarily harmed n
Like I said maybe I'm getting old, cos I truly resent women being portrayed ad evil killers or stupid gits that let everything from punch in the ear to vicious conspirators get away with it all.
This book is unbelievable.

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Every bit as good as the first - superb performance

I confess I went searching for more performances from David Monteath. Having discovered The Sea Detective I plunged headlong further into the series. I find the humanity of his series every bit as interesting as the science of oceanography that was so front and center in the first book and continues to have a background presence here.

The depiction of a suspicious small village in Scotland is wonderful and the characters well developed. Loved it and headed straight for the third.

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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.

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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!

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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

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Blood is not everything

I had hoped the author would get over the first-time jitters and smooth out his writing for this follow-up book, but he didn't manage that. This installation involves a woman looking for her birth mother who reportedly had drowned in the sea 26 years previously. But, the daughter's desperate need to know what really happened just seems silly and over-wrought. The fact that she had never met her birth mother and had grown up as the adopted child of a couple that seemed like decent enough people is given short shrift. It's unthinkable to every character in the book that a young, unmarried woman could give up her newborn baby and kill herself. Even if there was a not-so-natural death, I kept wanting to yell at this nutty woman that she had no right to interfere with the townsfolk so many years later and that she should go home and apologize to her adoptive parents for being such a twit.

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A Soap Opera

Worse than American day time TV Soaps and British West Enders. Having listened to the first in this series I crossed my fingers and hoped for a continuation of what could be a different approach to modern detectives. The first book held promise but I lost interest on occasion and had to go back to pick up the story. This author hasn't figured out what to emphasize as his main story. I haven't finished this second book and am disinclined to do so. Perhaps one more chapter.

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Surprise continues… really well written

It takes a remarkable talent to create an incredible mystery that completely fools it’s readers, and yet makes perfect sense. I promise you’ll love it for that alone.

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A great find!

I’m so glad I ignored the bad reviews. I loved this book. The narrator is brilliant. The way he reads Duncan broke my heart.
The characters are well developed and multifaceted. You get to experience the perspective of several of them as the story unfolds. The author has a subtle way of building suspense until suddenly I’ve been sitting in my car for 20 minutes so I don’t have to interrupt the story to run inside.
I’m so glad I picked this series!

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liked it

good, interesting, not great. still would recommend. a good change of pace. interesting science

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  • Colette
  • 01-28-16

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.

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  • Renka
  • 01-26-16

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

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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

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  • Mrs
  • 02-10-16

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

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  • Rogayah
  • 04-06-16

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.

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  • JPH
  • 10-03-17

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.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 12-10-16

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

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  • Jane Shepherd
  • 04-14-16

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.

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  • Nick
  • 08-02-16

Disappointing

The first novel The Sea Detective took awhile before the reader could see the main direction and feel really involved in the story but this second novel in the series one never really does convey any sense of involvement. Just when the plot - so much as there is one - finally begins to pick up the book is over.
Frankly, I was left feeling that there was a good story in there somewhere but that the book was a first draft in need of at least one re-write. It's a real shame and i am not sure whether to bother with the third novel. I am more likely to explore works by other authors read by this narrator who was really the only element that was right.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-20-19

An original story

A well written story with good character description, scenes that the reader wants to walk beside and narrated beautifully by David Monteith. A lovely audiobook to take a long walk with and enjoy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-19

love these books

love the narrator. one of the best ive heard on audible. great stories too x