THE SEA HOUSE
Gifford’s superb magical tale will sweep readers away to a land not so far away with long-buried secrets that are just dying to be unearthed. This novel is told in multiple points of view, which is risky, but Gifford’s light touch makes it work and the shift in perspectives is easy to follow. One can almost smell the salty air of the sea, and readers will instantly become immersed in the mystery of the infamous sea house. With its unique storyline and captivating characters, The Sea House will whisk you away as forcefully as the rushing tide.
When Ruth and Michael buy a sea house, their hopes are high and both are anticipating the grand beginning of their new life together as they plan to start a family. But a shocking discovery leads Ruth on a trail of clues that swiftly jogs her memory of an old tale told to her years ago about mermaids and seal men. One hundred years have passed since young Reverend Alexander Ferguson was an inhabitant of the house, and his notes and diary help Ruth put the pieces of the puzzle together to solve the mystery of what truly happened more than a century ago. Sometimes secrets are meant to be kept, but in this case, Ruth feels like it’s time for the truth to be told. (ST. MARTIN’S, Apr., 303 pp., $25.99)