The Mourning Islands by Douglas Wells – Review by Sarah Oakes

The Mourning IslandsThe Mourning Islands by Douglas Wells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about mystery. Talmon is a war veteran just looking for a job. When he answers and ad in the paper, he gets more than he bargains for with an investigation into boat owner and resort builder Rusty Wing. Living on the marina, he makes friends with Rusty and is lead on an adventure of twists and turns and dangers. Can he find out the truth before things get too complicated?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns. Well developed characters like Talmon trying to make something of his life despite his struggles or Rusty as a sophisticated businessman but with his cares and worries underneath. Great cast f supporting characters like the strong and stubborn Marlene or the sweet Claire.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with its vivid sense of colour bright and bold and wonderful like the pink flamingo under the sun amongst the sand dunes beautifully written in a sense of beauty and wonder. Or the bay with its deep blue waters and white sand for the sense of peace Talmon feels out on the sea. Or the bright colours of the painting and Marlene’s tattoo, both beautiful and sorrowful at the same time wonderfully written.
The first person narrative worked well to display Talmons struggles and his search for answers. The use of suspense was wonderfully done, with details slowly revealed to make you keep reading to find it what happened. Also loved the sense of foreboding from the start making you want to read on to see if something bad does happens. Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars.

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