I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for stunning thriller The Coral Bride by Roxanne Bouchard. Thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this outstanding book.
About the book:
In this beautiful, lyrical sequel to the critically acclaimed We Were the Salt of the Sea, Detective Moralès finds that a seemingly straightforward search for a missing fisherwoman off Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula is anything but.
When an abandoned lobster trawler is found adrift off the coast of Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula, DS Joaquin Moralès begins a straightforward search for the boat’s missing captain, Angel Roberts – a woman in a male-dominated world. But Moralès finds himself blocked at every turn – by his police colleagues, by fisheries bureaucrats, and by his grown-up son, who has turned up at his door with a host of his own personal problems.
When Angel’s body is finally discovered, it’s clear something very sinister is afoot, and Moralès and son are pulled into murky, dangerous waters, where old resentments run deep…
An exquisitely written, evocative and poetic thriller, The Coral Bride powerfully conjures the might of the sea and the communities who depend on it, the never-ending struggle between the generations, and an extraordinary mystery at the heart of both.
About the author:
Over ten years ago, Roxanne Bouchard decided it was time she found her sea legs. So she learned to sail, first on the St Lawrence River, before taking to the open waters off the Gaspé Peninsula. The local fishermen soon invited her aboard to reel in their lobster nets, and Roxanne saw for herself that the sunrise over Bonaventure never lies. Her fifth novel (first translated into English) We Were the Salt of the Sea was published in 2018 to resounding critical acclaim, sure to be followed by its sequel, The Coral Bride. She lives in Quebec.
Translated by David Warriner.
The Coral Bride is the second in the DS Moralés series of books written by Roxanne Rouchard but is the first one I have read. Exquisitely written by the author and brilliantly translated by David Warriner, it is a stunning blend of suspense filled thriller and intense family drama.
I think it’s fair to say that DS Moralés personal life is interesting to say the least, with his son arriving home unexpectedly and his wife not even speaking to him. Ripples from the first book most definitely spill over into this sequel and, although The Coral Bride does read very well as a standalone, I do think reading We Were the Salt of the Sea first would make for a far richer reading experience.
In this book DS Moralés is investigating the mysterious disappearance of fisherwoman Angel Roberts from her lobster trawler, which has been found adrift off the coast of Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula. Finding himself blocked at every turn, what started out as a straightforward missing person case soon turns into a murder investigation when Angel’s body is discovered. It soon becomes apparent that there is more to Angel’s death than at first meets the eye, so Moralés moves into a guest house near where the murdered woman disappeared, determined to uncover the truth behind her death.
And as if that wasn’t enough to contend with, Joaquin’s personal life is in turmoil. With the unexpected arrival of his son Sebastien, old resentments resurface with both father and son having to reevaluate everything they thought they knew, not only about themselves but about each other.
Oh my word, what an absolutely fantastic read this is! The writing is exquisite, the plot flawless and the characterisation spot on. I was gripped from the very first word, the claustrophobic feel of the location making this an atmospheric, suspenseful read that I could not put down. My only regret is that I didn’t read book one in the series first, something that I will have to rectify very soon!
The Coral Bride is a powerfully complex and unique thriller that I would highly recommend. Simply superb!
The Coral Bride by Roxanne Bouchard is available to purchase now: Amazon UK
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