The Midcoast The Midcoast

The Midcoast

A Novel

    • 3.6 • 180 Ratings
    • $9.99
    • $9.99

Publisher Description

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “Propulsive . . . An absorbing look at small-town Maine and the thwarted dreams of a family trying to transcend it.”—Lee Cole, The New York Times (Editors’ Choice)

“I tore through the saga of the Thatch family in two nights. The Midcoast is a reader’s dream—tense, ominous, and deeply wise.”—David Benioff, co-creator of Game of Thrones

Finalist for the New England Society Book Award • A CrimeReads Best Book of the Year


It’s spring in the tiny town of Damariscotta, a tourist haven on the coast of Maine known for its oysters and antiques. Andrew, a high school English teacher recently returned to the area, has brought his family to Ed and Steph Thatch’s sprawling riverside estate to attend a reception for the Amherst women’s lacrosse team. Back when they were all teenagers, Andrew never could have predicted that Ed, descended from a long line of lobstermen, or Steph, a decent student until she dropped out to start a family, would ever send a daughter to a place like Amherst. But so the tides have turned, and Andrew’s trying hard to admire, more than envy, the view from Ed’s rolling backyard meadow. 
 
As Andrew wanders through the Thatches’ house, he stumbles upon a file he’s not supposed to see: photos of a torched body in a burned-out sedan. And when a line of state police cruisers crashes the Thatches’ reception an hour later, Andrew and his neighbors finally begin to see the truth behind Ed and Steph’s remarkable rise. Soon the newspapers are running headlines about the Thatches, and Andrew’s poring over his memories, trying to piece together the story of a family he thought he knew. 

A propulsive drama that cares as deeply about its characters as it does about the crimes they commit, The Midcoast explores the machinations of privilege, the dark recesses of the American dream, and the lies we tell as we try, at all costs, to protect the ones we love.

GENRE
Mysteries & Thrillers
RELEASED
2022
June 7
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
336
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
3.5
MB

Customer Reviews

misterM Sw ,

A complete family drama

The Midcoast was a completely satisfying read. I couldn’t put it down.

brock_zahler ,

Eh

I really thought this would be great. I’m sorry to say I really just did not get the appeal. I found it extremely tedious and with very little plot. I hated the narrator’s constant boring storyline and I felt like it took way too long for anything to happen. It’s definitely one of those books where the author takes more time describing scenery than fleshing out a plot. I found some of the later chapters interesting, but I felt like as soon as it was getting good, we switched viewpoints again. I also did not like the ending. Overall a disappointment for me.

lucinda lit ,

Glad I purchased following NYT review.

Compelling. I was most impressed by how the author seamlessly transported us into the minds of several different characters. White is a talent to watch.

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