I love a book that hooks me from the beginning and Coffin Road is no exception. In fact, the first couple of chapters offers such an intro that I went back and read aloud so I could enjoy the experience again.
Peter May uses first person narration for this character and the story begins when a man washes up on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris. His slow awakening is described by the character using all his senses and it is a masterful piece of writing. These chapters are so vivid I walked down to the beach and sat by the edge of the Pacific Ocean to think about how it would feel to be washed up onto a beach and not know who you are or where you are or how you got there.
What an outstanding story.
There were two other characters that add depth and keep the pace of this story moving forward: a detective who needs to know if he has the correct suspect in his sights, and a teenage girl in pursuit of the truth about her father’s death.
The story is set near the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and includes a fascinating thread that details bee colonies and their connection to the environment.
A compelling read and will keep you guessing to the end. Highly recommended.
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Published by Hachette Australia