Suppose you survived an accident at sea but your friend did not. Would you feel obligated to help his widow (a childhood friend) and his son? How far would you go to learn the truth if you began to suspect that the shipwreck was in fact not an accident at all? That's what Pirio Kasparov must figure out.
"He was a loser," Thomasina says, head lolling. "But he was a good loser." A fifth of Stolichnaya has put her in a nasty, forgiving mood. I'm tempted to take a few shots myself to medicate my grief and survivor's guilt. But someone has to stay sober for Noah.—North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo (Penguin USA / Pamela Dorman Books, 2014, p. 1)
- Setting: current times, Boston area, the North Atlantic, northern Canada
- Circumstances: Pirio and her friend Ned were victims of a hit and run by a freighter in the North Atlantic. Pirio miraculously survives, Ned does not
- Genre: thriller / mystery
- Added themes: the fishing industry, the environment, animal rights, perfume, shipping laws
- Characters: Pirio, her father (a perfume magnate), and step-mother; Thomasina (Pirio's friend with a serious alcohol problem) and Noah (a brilliant boy and Pirio's godson); Russell (an investigative reporter with an interest in the case); various government & Navy personnel; people from Ned's past
- What I know so far: the writing pulled me in and the characters are keeping me there; I've read only a few chapters, and I'm already curious about Pirio, Ned, and the accident
- Recommended for: people who like a good balance between character-driven and action-driven novels; lovers of mysteries and thrillers
- Extras: Elo grew up in a sailing family and once had a job working with dolphins; she's also writing a second Pirio novel; check out her website for photos, downloads, and more
I hope I caught your attention because I think Elisabeth Elo has written a winner. And lucky for you, the nice people at Pamela Dorman Books have offered to send one of my readers with a U.S. mailing address a copy of North of Boston. All you have to do to enter for a chance to win is to fill out the following form. I'll pick a winner via random number generator on February 10. Once the winner is confirmed, I'll delete all personal information from my computer.
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