The Guest Book meets Everything I Never Told You in this gripping novel of a small town caught up in a shocking disappearance, and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.
When beloved fisherman John Staybrook vanishes in the night, his loss stirs up more than grief. His daughter Ella is convinced he's still alive and vows to bring him home.
But as she searches the small Massachusetts town, secrets throughout the community begin to bubble to the surface. As the pieces fall into place of what really happened, everyone from the babysitter to the local librarian are swept into a more urgent question: Why would someone go out in the middle of a deadly storm?
Erica Boyce weaves a tense yet hopeful tale of family legacies whispering across the rocky shores and the unshakeable strength that love leaves behind.
Lost at Sea is compelling book club suspense, a tale of family mysteries, addiction, and small-town secrets that were never supposed to be told.
Boyce (The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green) spins a riveting, satisfying tale of a small Massachusetts fishing town and the myriad family dramas buried just under the surface. In present-day Devil's Purse, Mass., the residents lead a stoic, hardscrabble life; when the men don't come home from sea, "the women allow themselves one good cry behind closed doors before setting their jaws and searching for job listings." But after fisherman John Staybrook disappears in bad weather, his wife, Diane, suspects foul play. Meanwhile, John's eight-year-old daughter, Ella, refuses to believe her father is gone, enlisting her babysitter, 18-year-old Lacey Carson, in a town-wide search. Lacey, adopted at birth, struggles with the sense that she was "unwanted," and often turns to painkillers to quiet her mind. Boyce poignantly explores the impact of opioid addiction on the townsfolk, offering a moving scene of redemption after an overdose. While Boyce's frequent changes in points of view can be hard to follow, she keeps a firm hold of the plot, methodically unpacking John's poor decision to take the boat out in bad weather and culminating in a twisty, fast-paced finish. Readers will devour this convincing portrait of a tough New England town, brought to life with lush prose and well-developed characters.