A sleepy coastal town mystery is picked apart by a steadfast detective and a woman who has come looking for answers. The steady unravelling of clues echoes the ebb and flow of this maritime mystery which kept me entertained (and guessing) until the very last page.
'Around here, you have to understand, the sea puts food on people’s plates, but every family pays their dues to the water. Drownings are frequent. A fisherman, a careless child …. Every time, there has to be an inquest. And what do we find? It was an accident, a bit of clumsiness or a stroke of bad luck. That’s what life’s like by the water.'