Set on a whaling ship headed for the arctic circle, The North Water is a gripping, gritty thriller I found hard to put down. Patrick Sumner, the ex-army surgeon discovers a young cabin boy brutally raped and obviously beaten, and is determined to find the culprit. As the story unfolds, we are privy to murder, a fight for survival and a mystery. This was an excellent work of historical fiction, and worthy of all the awards it was nominated for, including the Man Booker Prize.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2016
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