Absolutely gorgeous debut by journalist and travel writer, Lizzie Pook. One need read no farther than the first sentence to know this will be a deliciously descriptive book, and the beautiful writing is backed up by a mystery and an adventure unlike any I have read before. I know that anything written about the 18th century (pretty much) is going to be pretty gritty, dark, and grimy, so I thought I was prepared for it, but the grit was the sand between Eliza’s toes, the darkness the complete blackness of the furious sea at night, and the grime clung viscerally to bones and secrets. Highly recommend.
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