North of Boston

North of Boston

[a Novel]

Large Print - 2014
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When the fishing boat she is on is rammed by a freighter, Pirio Kasparov finds herself abandoned in the North Atlantic, surviving nearly four hours in the water before being rescued by the Coast Guard. But the boat's owner and her professional fisherman friend, Ned, is not so lucky. Pirio can't shake the suspicion that the boat's sinking was no accident. And with the help of a curious journalist, she begins unraveling a lethal plot.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410467409
1410467406
Branch Call Number: LPF ELO NVD
Characteristics: 615 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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Jan 25, 2015

To start with I found it a bit slow going, but after the first 60 or so pages it really got me hooked. Excellent read, extremely well written, funny at times and fast paced. Will definitely put her on my list of authors!

Michael Colford Nov 25, 2014

Boston-area author Elisabeth Brink has reinvented herself as Elisabeth Elo after an initial debut that focused on the interior life of a quirky heroine named Gillian Cormier-Brandenberg, in order to launch a dramatic series of suspense novels following the life of another woman with a somewhat complex name, Pirio Kasparov. That's really where the similarities end. North of Boston certainly delivers on the suspense, but it is so much more than that weaving alcoholism, questionable parenting, the fishing industry, perfumery, complicated family relations, the questionable line between hunting and slaughter, and even the exploitation of indigenous cultures. It may seem like an everything but the kitchen sink approach, but in the skillful hands of Elo, it is in fact, a powerful, coherent story that resonates long after the final page is read.

I'm not a huge fan of the genre, but as I mentioned, this intricate story transcends simple characterization. What holds it together most effortlessly, is the character and voice of a bold new heroine. Pirio can be a little impulsive, and experience has taught her to withhold emotion, but she's smart, tough and likable, and more than capable of carrying a novel, and as time will surely tell, a series. Congratulations on a strong second launch, Elisabeth!

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Debbi_0
Jul 07, 2014

This was definitely a good story! It's worth taking a chance on new authors - especially fun because it's situated in and around Boston!

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