I am delighted to be a part of the blog tour and to be sharing my review for; The Shimmer on The Water by Marina McCarron.

A gripping and emotional story of family and the secrets we keep from the ones we love. For fans of Kristin Hannah and Delia Owens.

When you’re lost sometimes the only way to look forward is to look back…

Three women. Two generations apart. One secret they share.

Maine, 1997. As the people of Fort Meadow Beach celebrate the Fourth of July, four-year-old Daisy Wright disappears and is never seen again.

Maine, 2022. Fired from her job and heartbroken, Peyton Winchester moves back home for the summer. Bored and aimless, she finds a renewed sense of purpose when going through her old diaries she is reminded of her dream of becoming a journalist. Returning to life in her home town brings back all kinds of memories – including Daisy’s disappearance when she was a young girl herself.

As Peyton begins to search for answers about Daisy’s disappearance, she finds that they might be closer to home than she thinks – and their lives become intertwined with irreversible consequences.

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Well, this wasn’t at all what I expected, I wasn’t expecting the two two timelines or the thriller aspect of the story. What was I expecting? Well, I thought it would be a bit of a family drama with a little mystery mixed in, yes there is an emotional side to it where lives are entangled, but this is definitely more thriller.

Surprising this is a bit of a time-slip story split between 1997 and the present, which I wasn’t expecting, the story opens in 1997 in Fort Meadow Beach, Maine, where the town is rocked to its core by the disappearance of four-year-old Daisy. Fast forward to the present day, Payton has left Seattle after heartbreak and being fired from her job and made the tough choice but to go back home, back to Fort Meadow Beach. A place which brings far too many old memories back to her of her childhood and of her own life. But she is bored, she is tired of feeling like an extra part in her family home so she decides to do something while she figures out what to do with her life which leads her down a path she had forgotten about all those years ago and starts to investigate the disappearance of young Daisy Wright in an attempt to become a journalist, but throughout her investigating she starts to unearth more questions then answers and the answers may not be exactly what he wanted.

I have to admit that I did become a little confused as thought this was about Payton discovering the truth about the disappearance of Daisy, but that part of the story is incredibly overshadowed by other storylines which I thought dragged on far too long and slowed down the pacing which made reading a bit of a chore, but I persevered wanting to know what happened to daisy, but it was a little disappointing.

Overall this is an interesting thriller one which I think those who love the genre will thoroughly enjoy, but I hate to say it despite there being some really compelling parts which had me hooked this one wasn’t entirely for me, what I will say is don’t just take my word for it try this book for yourself!

About the author:

Marina McCarron was born in eastern Canada and studied in Ottawa and Vancouver before moving to England. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Publishing degree. She has worked as a reporter, a freelance writer, a columnist and a manuscript evaluator. She loves reading and travelling and has been to six of the seven continents. She gets her ideas for stories from strolling through new places and daydreaming. Her debut novel, The Time Between Us, came to her as she stood at Pointe du Hoc on a windy June day and asked the magical question, what if…?

Follow Marina: Twitter: @marinamccarron


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