How often do you find a book that really holds you from beginning to end? From time to time, our local librarians recommend books they have read and recently one recommendation was Cruel Tides, by Maria Adolfsson. What I didn’t know was that this was book 3 in a trilogy.
The novels are set on a fictional island called Doggerland, supposedly in the North Sea somewhere between the UK and Denmark.
Detective Inspector Karen Eiken Horby has returned home after an absence of ten years working in London for the Metropolitan Police. She finds life is not easy being the only female Detective Inspector in this small police force on the island. However, she is not the only one to return to her homeland after several years abroad. Luna has decided to come back to where she was born and raised to secretly record her comeback album. This world-famous singer has a wrap party at the end of the recording sessions to which Karen is invited, but the next morning the singer it’s nowhere to be found.
Meantime, there is a rapist loose in the community whose brutal attacks on women are increasing both in intensity and frequency. So, while the rest of the force is concentrating on finding the perpetrator, Karen is tasked with looking into the disappearance of the singer.
This is a well-written novel. The characters are well-defined and the story is easy to follow. I didn’t hesitate to get the first and second novels in this series as soon as they became available.
So if these three books are available at your library, I suggest that you grab them if you can. The three books in order are Fatal Isles, Wild Shores and this book Cruel Tides but reading the books out of order didn’t detract from the story.
I strongly recommend this author and her trilogy.
JB November 24,2022