Last year I read Melissa Bailey’s debut novel The Medici Mirror and loved it, so I was thrilled to be sent a review copy of her latest novel Beyond the Sea.
Set on a fictional island in the Hebrides, Bailey draws the reader to the beautiful yet uncontrollable atmosphere of this part of the world. It is a perfect setting for a book that will take the reader on a sweeping journey of grief, love, despair and hope with some mesmerising mythical tales thrown in too.
Freya has returned to her island home after the tragic death of her husband and son who drowned at sea. It is not a happy homecoming as Freya must fight her grief and anger to try to make peace and move on. One stormy night, she spots a boat in trouble from the lighthouse and with the help of her sister Marta who is visiting they rescue Daniel from his boat.
Daniel and Freya soon strike up a friendship, but there is something that slightly unnerves her and soon Daniel seems to be everywhere she looks. This coupled with some strange dreams put Freya on edge again and make her wonder if there could be any truth in the myths that she has heard.
This was a captivating and beautifully written book that I did not want to put down. I look forward to reading more from Melissa Bailey and highly recommend Beyond the Sea.
Thank you to Arrow Publishing for sending us a copy to review.