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The Woman Who Walked into the Sea

by Mark Douglas-Home

Part of the The Sea Detective Series

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Family Drama Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Woman Who Walked into the Sea

Another intriguing and fascinating mystery from the author of The Sea Detective Series. Oceanographer Cal McGill finds himself in a small Scottish costal town attempting to solve a 26 year old mystery. Violet was abandoned as a baby, the day before her mother walked into the sea and disappeared. This story has a menacing depth to it, it has a more intimate feel than the first in the series, and we get to know more about Cal. Cal is 29 years old, yet it feels as though he has an old soul, I felt his love for the ocean, his kindness, yet he is somehow set apart. Mark Douglas-Home’s writing dances on the darker of life, though whether covering world wide issues, or more family orientated problems, an empathy shines through. ‘The Woman Who Walked Into The Sea’ is a gripping tale, full of family drama, with the twist of a mystery, and an enigmatic investigator, what more you could want!

Liz Robinson

The Woman Who Walked into the Sea Synopsis

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, twenty-six 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...

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The Woman Who Walked into the Sea Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in The Sea Detective series. Click here to read the full reviews.

  • Elisabeth Thomas - 'This book was a breath of fresh air in the genre of crime fiction. Original and gripping I am sure that Cal McGill is set to become the next Inspector Rebus.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'This is a unique mystery, not the usual murder mystery, and the hero is just perfect.'
  • Joan Sidwell - 'Different from the usual books of the detective genre, there is no doubt that Mark Douglas-Home knows his subject and can describe it very well.'
  • Margaret Freeman - 'A great book that held me captivated throughout. It’s a gripping and emotional story. I loved it.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I love stories about the sea and so the plot interested me, the maritime history and mysteries was fascinating.'
  • Nicola Underwood - 'Interesting read with a different style of detective.'
  • Jan Kirkcaldy - 'There was so much happening throughout and I found myself so absorbed I didn’t want to put it down... escapism at its best.'
  • Humaira Kauser - 'Riveting and kept me on edge.'
  • Helen Lowry - 'There is enough going on, with the background history of the island families, the characters and the Scottish scenery to keep your interest and I do recommend this book.'
  • Nicola Kingswell - 'Intelligent Scottish detective thriller.'
  • Susan Burton - 'Well written and graphical book.'
  • Lynne Morgan - 'I really enjoyed reading this book, it is so well written, full of suspense and mystery – I would recommend it to everyone!'
  • Jennifer Moville - 'The author manages to make this book a contemporary mystery but also parts historical and even with a little humour thrown in.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Just when you thought the book shelves had all possible types of detectives, up pops Cal McGill, a private investigator with a bias to applying his expertise in oceanography to help solve crime.'
  • Jacki Moorcroft - 'With a brilliantly woven story line, Mark Douglas-Home is definitely a writer to follow...a thoughtful and compelling story leaving you wanting more, highly recommended.'
  • Kathryn Whitfield - 'Exciting mystery with a unique storyline... I have never read anything like it before, will definitely be reading the next book.'
  • Dana Captainino  - 'This is the best book I have read in ages.  It is different, exciting and keeps you on tenterhooks right until the end. '
  • Glenda Worth  - 'The Sea Detective was a great read with an unusual investigator whose knowledge is based around oceanography, currents, winds and shipping records. The story investigates corruption and violence.'
  • Ed Robson - 'The Sea Detective is a decent novel that brings a fresh and interesting angle to crime detection...Overall, I’m glad I read it – but I’m not tempted to seek out the next.'
  • Maz Tucker  - 'Great book, never read any of this author before, but I really enjoyed this and will go and look for some of his other books.'

The Woman Who Walked into the Sea Press Reviews

'Simply intoxicating' Library Journal, USA

'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 characterisation' The Scots Magazine

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ISBN: 9781405923583
Publication date: 14/01/2016
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405923583
Publication date: 14th January 2016
Author: Mark Douglas-Home
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,

About Mark Douglas-Home

Mark Douglas-Home is a journalist turned author, who was editor of the Herald and the Sunday Times Scotland. His career in journalism began as a student in South Africa where he edited the newspaper at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. After the apartheid government banned a number of editions, he was deported from the country. He is married with two children and lives in Edinburgh.

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