No matter how far you run, some secrets will always catch up with you…
The remote Antarctic island of South Georgia is about to send off its last boat of the summer – which signifies safety to resident glaciologist Felicity Lloyd.
Felicity lives in fear – fear that her ex-husband Freddie will find her, even out here. She took a job on this isolated island to hide from him, but now that he’s out of prison, having served a term for murder, she knows he won’t give up until he finds her.
But a doctor delving into the background of Felicity and Freddie’s relationship, back in Cambridge, learns that Felicity has been on the edge for a long time. Heading to South Georgia himself to try and get to her first is the only way he can think of to help her.
This was a roller-coaster of a ride from South Georgia (where even is that?) to Cambridge and back again. At times the pace of the story leaves you breathless and winded and you have to remind yourself to breathe. By the end I needed three Yoga sessions to bring my heart rate down.
South Georgia is in the Antarctic, an inhospitable, icy place where the only settlers were the whalers of long-ago, plus a smattering of scientists, seals and penguins. And Bamber. Who is Bamber? No-one knows. In fact South Georgia is so remote and far from civilisation that Felicity is happy to go there for a two-year assignment in order to escape her past and her ex-husband. And that’s where the story truly begins. When the boat comes in….(apologies to James Bolam and co).
We are then taken back to Cambridge where Felicity is receiving counselling before she can be declared fit to embark on her journey. Joe is her counsellor but he can’t help being attracted to this quiet, intelligent woman. Joe is back at work after being off for a while having been stabbed in the stomach by Ezzy – a street girl who became obsessed with him. Pink-haired Delilah is his mum who just happens to be a detective, investigating the murder of a homeless girl Bella and the disappearance of Ezzy. And she doesn’t trust Felicity one bit. She warns Joe not to get too close again.
At this point it all got so involved and complicated that I gave up playing amateur sleuth and just wallowed in the plot. It was almost like a separate story developing as some of my fellow Pigeons pointed out.
Of course Felicity does get to go to South Georgia – but we know that already. Joe and Delilah are hot on her trail, the one to help her, the other to arrest her. And Freddie is also on the boat but we don’t yet know why.
This was such a great book. So different to anything I’ve read recently or probably ever. The subject matter and the setting are what sets it apart together with the race at the end, while theories are blown apart and fall to pieces and the truth is finally revealed.
Many thanks to The Pigeonhole, my fellow Pigeons and Sharon for making this such an enjoyable read.