Summary: Praised by Kirkus Reviews as “The kind of book readers will tear through, only to find themselves hungry for more,” this century-spanning double mystery steeped in Maine island lore pits a renegade fishing community against an unhappy child-bride of the 1820s, a defiant twenty-first-century teen, and a hard-drinking botanist—Dr. Gil Hodges—who escapes to the island of Matinicus to avoid a crazed ex-lover and verify a rumored 22 species of wild orchid, only to find himself hounded by the ghost of a child some 200 years dead.
If Gil’s hoping for some peace and quiet, he’s clearly come to the wrong place. Generations of infighting among loose-knit lobstering clans have left them openly hostile to outsiders. When a beautiful, bed-hopping stranger sails into the harbor, old resentments re-ignite and people begin to die—murders linked, through centuries of violence, to a diary whose secrets threaten to tear the island apart.
Discover why Cruising World Magazine calls Gil “The best male protagnist to come along since Lee Child’s Jack Racher!”
My Review: I received this book for a fair and honest review.
This book for me is kind of slow. I really had to force myself to read it.
Gil goes to Matinicus that is described in a way that I think of as a long forgotten hidden town. It’s in the middle of no where without any real civilization although they do have people living there and people coming to visit.
The author is able to descibe the area in a way that you stop reading to think of a place you can picture this story taking place in. I instantly thought of a place like China Beach for some reason.
I feel its a unique twist to have a murder mystery themed book with the past and present interwined together with perfection.