In search of a new life, seventeen-year-old Adriana Clark’s family moves to the ancient, ocean-battered Isle of Mull, far off the coast of Scotland. Then she goes missing. Faced with hostile locals and indifferent police, her desperate parents turn to private investigator Sadie Levesque.
Sadie is the best at what she does. But when she finds Adriana’s body in a cliffside cave, a seaweed crown carefully arranged on her head, she knows she’s dealing with something she’s never encountered before.
The deeper she digs into the island’s secrets, the closer danger creeps – and the more urgent her quest to find the killer grows. Because what if Adriana is not the last girl to die?
My thoughts: you know when you read some books and you finish them and you think, I wish I hadn’t read this book, I want to begin again as though I had no idea what was on its pages because it was just that good? Yep, this book is one of those. As soon as I finished it I wanted it to be brand new all over again.
Mull is having a moment, I’ve read several books set on the island, but none like this. Combining ancient beliefs with modern violence and science, manipulating the story for their own ends, a killer, or possibly killers, haunts the island. First one dead teenage girl, but then more terrible events take place and as Sadie (who I really liked) tries to solve Adriana’s awful death, her own life is put in danger.
The answers, when they come, are sad, shocking and tragic. There is no happy ending to be found here, for these people. Running away from your problems doesn’t solve them, lashing out in pain and fear fixes nothing. No one escapes this unscathed. But it’s so incredibly well done, that as dark as it gets, I just wanted to start it all over again afresh.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.