Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Eight notable seaside mysteries

Jo Jakeman was the winner of the Friday Night Live competition at the York Festival of Writing in 2016. Born in Cyprus, she worked for many years in London before moving to the countryside with her husband and twin boys.

Jakeman's new novel is Safe House.

At CrimeReads, she tagged eight favorite seaside mysteries, including:
My Absolute Darling – Gabriel Tallent

This is a disturbing and challenging read set on the remote West Coast of America among the coastal communities of hippies and locals. Turtle Alveston lives a survivalist lifestyle manufactured by her overbearing father, Martin, in an isolated farmhouse where he controls, manipulates and abuses her. When Turtle begins to question her reality and forge friendships, Martin’s evil escalates to the point where she has to confront him. Her skills in survival and the strength of her will are turned against Martin. The sense of place, isolation and the sheer strength of the lead character make this, despite the difficulty of the subject matter, an ultimately inspiring read.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue