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Published: 28 January 2020 28 January 2020

The Driftwood Girls

The Driftwood Girls is the fourth novel in the ‘sea detective’ series featuring Cal McGill, an oceanographer and a very unusual investigator. I read and enjoyed the first three books several years ago, and was delighted when NetGalley accepted my request to read this one. While it works fine as a standalone, as there is enough backstory, introduced in a natural way, to make sense of what is going on, I would suggest you start with The Sea Detective, and read them in order, for a much more rewarding experience.

Told from multiple viewpoints, the novel begins slowly as Mark Douglas-Home introduces us to all the characters involved in this intricately plotted and fascinating tale. It is hard to fathom just how all the disparate strands of the plot could possibly be connected, when Cal starts to investigate the disappearance, twenty-three years previously, of Flora and Kate’s mother. No spoilers here so you’ll just have to read it for yourself.

The characters are well drawn and believable, especially the female ones; the sense of place of the various geographical locations (Edinburgh, NW Scotland, Texel island, the Suffolk coast) adds another layer to the narrative; the science is convincing and well-researched.  

If you are looking to read something a bit out of the ordinary, then I thoroughly recommend The Driftwood Girls. The complicated but entirely plausible story will keep you reading long into the night. Cal McGill is unorthodox, a bit of a loner, but makes a compelling investigator who leaves no stone unturned until he gets to the truth. I look forward to the next book in the series.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a copy in return for an honest review #thedriftwoodgirls #markdouglashome #netgalley