Rating: 5 of 5, TMBOA Recommended
Author: Carole Sutton
After scrimping and saving all his life, Steven Pengelly flies to Guernsey, an island in the English Channel, to buy a beautiful thirty-foot sailboat to live his dream. Preparing to take his new boat – Touché – back across the Channel to Cornwall, Steven’s luck further improves. The young attractive blond that had shown him the boat – Angela Dupont, asks him for a lift to the mainland. Not one turn down a free crewmember or a pretty face, Steven takes her on and their trip across the channel sparks a romance. All is well until Steven learns Angela to be more opportunistic than partner willing to dump him quickly in search of a greater fish to hook. Suddenly, she turns up missing and Steven’s world crashes down around him. Convinced she has been murdered, investigator’s believe Steven to be the main suspect. Though there is no body, the evidence against Steven mounts leading to his conviction.
Two years later, Angela’s body turns up. Forensics, however, prove her murder to be recent, confirming Steven’s innocence. After his release, all Steven wants to do is move on with his life, but another young woman searches him out seeking his help in finding her recently missing sister. Believing there is a connection between her missing sister and Angela’s murderer, she convinces Steven to help find those guilty.
Carole Sutton’s Ferryman pulses with action, intrigue, and mystery. Those who love sailing will appreciate the passages describing the thrill of racing, the battling with the elements, the danger, and the teamwork needed to survive and thrive in competition. The novel’s locals are wonderfully described from the ports on Guernsey to the frequently visited sailing haunts. Sutton also seamlessly alternates between the novel’s 1970s present day events and the events that unfolded years earlier during Angela’s abduction. She introduces each subplot carefully wetting the readers appetite throughout keeping the mystery moving forward. Sutton also shows great care in building the sociopathic foundations for the book’s antagonist. This ensures credibility and realism to this character that in lesser books would have been flat and unrealistic.
I really enjoyed this book. I found myself turning the pages at a rapid pace and staying up late to make my way to the end’s climax. Ferryman is one of this years favorites for me. I’m looking forward to Sutton’s next release.