Today I am delighted to be joining the blog tour for We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard which is translated into English by David Warriner.
Source: Review Copy
As Montrealer Catherine Day sets foot in a remote fishing village and starts asking around about her birth mother, the body of a woman dredges up in a fisherman’s nets. Not just any woman, though: Marie Garant, an elusive, nomadic sailor and unbridled beauty who once tied many a man’s heart in knots. Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly drafted to the area from the suburbs of Montreal, barely has time to unpack his suitcase before he’s thrown into the deep end of the investigation. On Quebec’s outlying Gaspe Peninsula, the truth can be slippery, especially down on the fishermen’s wharves.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ten years or so 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. We Were the Salt of the Sea is her fifth novel, and her first to be translated into English. She lives in Quebec.
We Were the Salt of the Sea is Roxanne Bouchard’s first novel to be translated into English and it is the first book in a new crime series. I would definitely recommend this novel if you are a fan of literary crime fiction.
Roxanne Bouchard paints a vivid portrayal of life on the Montreal coastline in a small fishing town in Quebec, Canada. We follow Catherine Day as she searches for her birth mother and as she tries to unlock the mysteries of her childhood. But her quest to find her mother takes an unexpected turn when the body of a woman, identified as the elusive Marie Garant, is discovered entangled in fishing nets, pulled from the sea on the second day of her arrival in the town. And in the eye of the police, Catherine fast becomes a suspect in the woman’s death.
I really liked how Roxanne Bouchard developed each and every one of her characters. Everyone in the town appears to have a connection to Marie Garant, whether they loved or hated her, and she is certainly revered by many people. It is through the characters in the town, rather than in the investigation by the police, that we see a complex and mysterious character in Marie Garant evolve. It soon becomes clear that the town holds many secrets about the woman who was found dead, and I really wanted to find out what they might be, and why they might be worth holding onto.
We also meet Detective Sergeant Morales who has only recently arrived in the area. Morales is facing his own private dilemmas, which sometimes distracts him from his current investigation into Marie Garant’s death. Although we do learn about his past in this book, the author does leave some aspects about the detective’s private life in the dark. I’ll be interested to see how his personal life will pan out in future books.
The enticing, atmospheric writing and characters pulls you into the story as though you are being swept out by a siren to sea. It is really enjoyable and I hope that there are many more books in this series to come. Thank you to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for sending me a copy of the book to review and to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication date: 30th March 2018
Print length: 300 pages
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