Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2018
I bought this not realizing that Mr. Dunnett is also the author of one of my new recent favorites, The Wave at Hanging Rock. This story takes place in a small island off the coast of the east coast of the U.S. The first few chapters are narrated by 11 year old Billy, an unusual boy. He seems to prefer the company of adults than his peers; most of his interests aren't even on the radar of other 11 year olds. He is fascinated with marine life among other things and has little 'projects' littered across the island. He lives with his dad in a cottage overlooking the sea. Dad is rather inscrutable, and definitely has secrets. Billy loves him, but also fears him at times.

A teenage tourist visiting the island goes missing without a trace, prompting months of help from mainland police, but to no avail. Billy decides that the police don't know what they're doing and that he will try to solve the mystery himself. What he finds sets in motion the rest of the plot. As with The Wave at Hanging Rock, this story goes in places I never expected. I loved the character of Billy; so precocious and logical, but at the same time, a child.
130 people found this helpful
Report abuse Permalink

Product Details

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5
4,260 global ratings