Books about water have always drawn me in. Having grown up by the beach in Cleethorpes, I’ve always been obsessed with the mysteries of the sea so when I read the blurb of Lucy Clarke’s Last Seen, I knew I had to read it.
“Seven years ago, two boys went missing at sea – and only one was brought to shore. The Sandbank, a remote stretch of coast dotted with beach huts, was scarred forever.
Sarah’s son survived, but on the anniversary of the accident, he disappears without trace. As new secrets begin to surface, The Sandbank hums with tension and unanswered questions. Sarah’s search grows more desperate and she starts to mistrust everyone she knows – and she’s right to.
Someone saw everything on that fateful day seven years ago. And they’ll do anything to keep the truth buried.”
I rarely say this it but I loved everything about this book. I was gripped from the first page, desperate to soak up every part of the mystery. I particularly liked the way my feelings for the two main ladies, Sarah and Isla, changed with each chapter. In the end I felt that they were both flawed in their own ways but throughout the novel I really felt like I was being swayed by one character or the other at different times.
I loved the family dynamics. The characters felt so realistic and I was so thrilled with the way Lucy portrayed the teenagers in the book. A huge pet peeve of mine is talented writers who completely fail at realistic depictions of differing age groups but Lucy has it down to a tee.
This is such a great Summer read, especially for those who like a lighter thriller. It also really reminded me of Broadchurch so if you’re still after your South coast fill then it’s a fabulous book to pick up!