Read by: Julie Humphrey
Author: Abby Geni
Genre: literary fiction, mystery
Why did you choose to read this book?
The main character is a nature photographer who travels to live on a remote island off the California coast with a few biologists who study animals there. I’m interested in travel, photography, and wildlife so it sounded like a good fit for me. It was also described as “part mystery and part ghost story” which intrigued me.
What did you like about it?
It’s beautifully written and I really loved the descriptions of sea creatures, wildlife, and the harsh realities of the natural world. I liked the mysterious elements and learning about the narrator’s family and her past.
Was there anything noteworthy about the book?
It is very engaging, suspenseful, ominous, and dark. Violent, unsettling tragedies occur which mirror the cruel landscape and setting of the book. I’ll also never think about seagulls in quite the same way again.
Who would you recommend the book to?
Fans of nature writing, literary fiction, mystery, and suspense. I look forward to following this author and reading her collection of short stories as well.
What would you pair this book with?
A hot cup of tea! It was always windy, cold, and damp on the island. The cabin where they lived didn’t have proper heating so they were always bundled in layers to stay warm.
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