Today, I’m excited to be the next stop on the blog tour for We Were The Salt of The Sea by Roxanne Bouchard, published by Orenda Books and translated by David Warriner.
Truth lingers in murky waters…
As Montrealer Catherine Day sets foot in a remote fishing village and starts asking around about her birth mother, the body of a woman dredges up in a fisherman’s nets. Not just any woman, though: Marie Garant, an elusive, nomadic sailor and unbridled beauty who once tied many a man’s heart in knots. Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly drafted to the area from the suburbs of Montreal, barely has time to unpack his suitcase before he’s thrown into the deep end of the investigation.
On Quebec’s outlying Gaspé Peninsula, the truth can be slippery, especially down on the fishermen’s wharves. Interviews drift into idle chit-chat, evidence floats off with the tide and the truth lingers in murky waters. It’s enough to make DS Morales reach straight for a large whisky…
What I say:
Wow, this was just…poetic enveloped inside a good murder mystery!
This novel is told from the point of view of Catherine Day, a woman who is trying to find her birth mother, and detective sergeant Joaquin Morales in charge of the investigation – both outsiders looking into this remote and closed of community they have found themselves in. This gave me as the reader the opportunity to see with fresh eyes the beautiful, but sad setting of the Gaspe Peninsula – an area which is centred around the sea, where the life of the characters are regularly disrupted from tourists.
I loved getting to know the many characters within this novel, with their odd natures, quirks and captivating personalities I was dying to know more, especially the life of Marie Garant, Catherine’s birth mother and whose beauty and wild nature were renowned in the village but ended tragically.
I thought the writing itself was beautiful, poetic, lyrical and just haunting which just pulled me further into the story. Yet again Orenda Publishers have found another new pearl in the crime genre!
This novel was just hauntingly sad, beautiful and poetic with a good murder mystery t its heart. It is a story which slowly draws you into the mystery of Marie’s death and a claustrophobic fishing village whose secrets lurk beneath the water.
About the Author:
Roxanne Bouchard is a multi-award winning author and playwright from Quebec, Canada, and We Were the Salt of the Sea is her first novel to be published in English. She is currently writing an essay on literary creativity, and plotting the next Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales investigation.
To find out more about Roxanne Bouchard follow her on twitter @KJHAuthor.
Big thanks to Anne Cater and Karen Sullivan for allowing me to be a part of this tour.
Don’t forget to swim over to the other stops on this blog tour!