A big welcome to my turn on the blog tour for We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard.
We Were the Salt of the Sea is published on 30th March 2018 by Orenda Books. (Translated by David Warriner)
As Montrealer Catherine Day sets foot in a remote fishing village and starts asking around about her birth mother, the body of a woman dredges up in a fisherman’s nets. Not just any woman, though: Marie Garant, an elusive, nomadic sailor and unbridled beauty who once tied many a man’s heart in knots.
Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly drafted to the area from the suburbs of Montreal, barely has time to unpack his suitcase before he’s thrown into the deep end of the investigation.
On Quebec’s outlying Gaspe Peninsula, the truth can be slippery, especially down on the fishermen’s wharves.
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A big thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for issuing me with my copy of the book and for asking me to participate on the blog tour.
I’ve found this book hard to review as it’s unlike anything I’ve read and I aren’t entirely sure that I can give it the justice that it deserves!
I agree with some other reviews that I have read, saying that this book is a bit of a slow burner. It’s one to savour and not to try and get too ahead of yourself. You just need to read and go along with the flow (pardon the pun!)
A fast paced thriller type of book wouldn’t suit the sedate setting where the story is based and so the pace of the book is perfect.
We are introduced to Catherine Day as she arrives at the Gaspé Peninsula on a sort of holiday but also mainly to try and find her birth mother. There is also immediately a murder investigation that introduces us to Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales. He clearly has his work cut out as a newcomer and a member of the police. I’ve come to realise that close knit communities are not as welcoming to outsiders which goes to show that people do really tend to close ranks.
The descriptions that we are treated to of this fishing community are second to none. You can feel and smell the salt air and almost hear the waves as we become involved in the fisherman’s very different voices and stories – Christ in a Chalice! Not a saying I have actually heard before but will probably never forget now!
A truly special book that I really hope gets the recognition that is deserves.
About the Author
Ten years or so ago, Roxanne Bouchard decided it was time she found her sea legs. So she learned to sail, first on the St Lawrence River, before taking to the open waters off the Gaspe Peninsula.
The local fishermen soon invited her aboard to reel in their lobster nets, and Roxanne saw for herself that the sunrise over Bonaventure never lies. We Were the Salt of the Sea is her fifth novel, and her first to be translated into English.
She lives in Quebec.