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The Woman Who Walked into the Sea Audiobook

The Woman Who Walked into the Sea

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Woman Who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home, read by David Monteath.

The daughter who nobody wanted learns the truth about the mother she never knew.

Cal McGill is a unique investigator and oceanographer who uses his expertise to locate things - and sometimes people - lost or missing at sea. His expertise could unravel the haunting mystery of why, 26 years ago on a remote Scottish beach, Megan Bates strode out into the cold ocean and let the waves wash her away.

Megan's daughter, Violet Wells, was abandoned as a baby on the steps of a local hospital just hours before the mother she never knew took her own life. As McGill is drawn into Violet's search for the truth, he encounters a coastal community divided by obsession and grief and united only by a conviction that its secrets should stay buried....

©2016 Mark Douglas-Home (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

What the Critics Say

"Simply intoxicating." (Library Journal)
"Entertaining and gripping mystery." (The Herald)
"A classic whodunit." (The Scotsman)
"Cal McGill is a triumph...a wonderfully unique creation." (crimefictionlover.com)
"Great writing, enjoyable story-telling and wonderful characterization." (The Scots Magazine)

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  • Amazon Customer
    HOUSTON, TX, United States
    11/10/16
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    "Very soapy opera"
    What disappointed you about The Woman Who Walked into the Sea?

    It takes too long to get where it's supposed to be, lost interest


    Has The Woman Who Walked into the Sea turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This is the second book by him that I have read. I have trouble liking any of his characters, and the ones I do like tend to die.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Monteath?

    Narrator was good, kept me listening


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Rogayah
    Reading, United Kingdom
    6/04/16
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    "Benign appearances"

    This as not as good as the first book. The sea and Cal don't play a very strong part in the action, coming a poor second to Violet Wells and her quest to find out about her birth mother who seems to have abandoned her at birth and died or disappeared by walking into the sea.

    It was quite interesting enough to listen to the end to find out more about the reticent, hostile natives but it did not live up to the standard set by the first book nor was it as lively.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Colette
    Gorebridge, United Kingdom
    28/01/16
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    "Great series"

    Even better than the first book in the series. Strong, well developed characters, a brilliant story line and a wonderful setting. Beautifully read. Really looking forward to the next instalment in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Renka
    Kirriemuir, Scotland
    26/01/16
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    "Every bit as good as the first book"
    What did you like most about The Woman Who Walked into the Sea?

    Good story with a few twists


    Which character – as performed by David Monteath – was your favourite?

    David Monteath is a good narrator who makes all the characters believable


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Douglas-Home has captured the 'detective with a difference' perfectly. Good to have this type of story without the seemingly obligatory Detective Inspector as the main character

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    10/02/16
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    "Thoroughly recommended!"

    I rarely write reviews but was so impressed by this book, and the Sea Detective, that I felt compelled to recommend what are two excellent reads. It's only when I stumble across and listen to such great, well written books that I realise how badly written some books are! There was no fluff or annoying phrases - every word had a purpose and was relevant to the plot.
    The characters are portrayed as believable, the story gripped me and I listened every available minute I could find.
    For me, it's also 'all about the voice' and I wasn't disappointed. David Monteath's narration and character interpretation was excellent.
    I rate 5 stars without hesitation

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jack Russell s in France
    18/11/16
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    "slow going"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    compared with the sea detective I found this book very slow going too much made of her child


    Would you recommend The Woman Who Walked into the Sea to your friends? Why or why not?

    no,


    Did The Woman Who Walked into the Sea inspire you to do anything?

    not to buy another


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    london, United Kingdom
    21/10/16
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    "Good story well told"

    This was a good follow up to the first sea detective story, I would have preferred bit more science but the narration was compelling and pulled the book along nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    Stevenage, United Kingdom
    2/08/16
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    "Disappointing"

    The first novel The Sea Detective took awhile before the reader could see the main direction and feel really involved in the story but this second novel in the series one never really does convey any sense of involvement. Just when the plot - so much as there is one - finally begins to pick up the book is over.
    Frankly, I was left feeling that there was a good story in there somewhere but that the book was a first draft in need of at least one re-write. It's a real shame and i am not sure whether to bother with the third novel. I am more likely to explore works by other authors read by this narrator who was really the only element that was right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K
    UK
    29/07/16
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    "A Dip"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It's tricky. Yes and no. Yes, because it's part of a series and no because it's not a good as the first or the third. I wonder if you'd notice much continuity lost in the characterisation of the protagonist, Cal, if you skipped this one? The characterisation of Cal is not as carefully constructed as in the first book or sustained with his previous depth and his compulsions regarding the female 'love interest' seems without grounds. The main female character was, frankly, annoying: fey and stupid and there was little to endear her to a reader. I very much felt the want of Helen Jamieson in this novel.The ending is also very rushed and clumsy.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Douglas-Home? Why or why not?

    I had bought the next in the sequence after reading the first and I am glad I did because it is far superior to this book.


    What does David Monteath bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He is excellent and made this story endurable when I wanted to abandon it.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Certainly not.


    Any additional comments?

    Persevere and it gets better with the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jules hutchinson
    7/06/16
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    "Another great story by Mark Douglas Home"

    I love this author, and the narrator David Monteath makes them come to life. Onto the next title I think, until I have listened to them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E. Arnold
    Scotland
    21/04/16
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    "Intriguing but gently"

    Vastly more interesting as it goes along - the story teller takes the book higher with his intuitive phrasing - wonderfully read and a captivating book as a result x far from usual blood and gore of murder and all the most fascinating as a result .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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