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  • A Stellar Read!

    This is the fourth book in the Sea Detective series by Mark Douglas-Home featuring the taciturn marine scientist and oceanographer, Dr Caladh (Cal) McGill. Although I haven't read any of the other instalments, I was intrigued by the synopsis and so I was keen to dive straight into The Driftwood Girls. Cal, a sea detective and expert on winds and the tides, is living in Edinburgh and uses his vast knowledge and expertise to solve ocean based mysteries. Cal’s reputation is called into question after the broadcast of a TV programme, when the distraught daughter of a missing father claims that Cal has essential information as to his whereabouts after he had met her father once. With his friend, Alex Lauder, dying and rapidly losing clients, he becomes involved in investigating the disappearance twenty-three years ago, of charity worker Christina Tolmie, who vanished whilst in Northern France, leaving behind in Edinburgh her two daughters, Kate, then six, and four-year old Flora. Now Flora has gone missing and Cal seems to be the only answer. I thoroughly enjoyed The Driftwood Girls. Told from different viewpoints, I was gradually drawn into the story rather than being immediately grabbed or thrown in headfirst, and I soon became completely invested this expertly constructed mystery. The plot was very clever, linking some seemingly distinct events together in a way that wasn't too unlikely or outlandish. There were no colossal action scenes, only a gradual unravelling of events which I found quietly but delightfully compulsive. With so many dark secrets from the past threatening to overshadow the present, the tension slowly escalated until everything started to fall into place and the bigger picture was revealed. This is evidently a great series and Mark Douglas-Home clearly possesses the ability to devise intricate and interesting plots, combining them with distinctive and arresting characters. The places he describes also add interest and stimulation to the overall story. A stellar read that I have no hesitation in recommending. I received a complimentary copy of this novel, at my request, from Penguin Michael Joseph via NetGalley, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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