I’m delighted to be a part of this blog tour for We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard, translated by David Warriner. Many thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the tour and Orenda Books for providing copies of the book.
We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard
Published: 30th January 2018
Publisher: Orenda Books
Rating: 5 stars
As Montrealer Catherine Day sets foot in a remote fishing village and starts asking around about her birth mother, the body of a woman dredges up in a fisherman’s nets. Not just any woman, though: Marie Garant, an elusive, nomadic sailor and unbridled beauty who once tied many a man’s heart in knots. Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly drafted to the area from the suburbs of Montreal, barely has time to unpack his suitcase before he’s thrown into the deep end of the investigation. On Quebec’s outlying Gaspé Peninsula, the truth can be slippery, especially down on the fishermen’s wharves. Interviews drift into idle chit-chat, evidence floats off with the tide and the truth lingers in murky waters. It’s enough to make DS Morales reach straight for a large whisky… Both a dark and consuming crime thriller and a lyrical, poetic ode to the sea, We Were the Salt of the Sea is a stunning, page-turning novel, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.
Wow, where do I begin to review this fabulous and unique read? It’s beautiful, it’s stunning and I’m so happy that I got to read this book. Orenda Books are finding these utterly gorgeous reads from all over the world and this is another one to add to their ever growing list.
Catherine is trying to find her birth mother, she’s from Montreal but finds herself in the Gapse Peninsular. A body washes up on the shore not long after Catherine arrives and it’s up to Detective Sergeant Moralés to find out the truth.
I absolutely loved the setting, often settings become their own characters in a book but this is one that definitely tops the list. I loved the way Roxanne described everything, I really felt like I was there in the community with all the sights and smells. You can tell Roxanne knows the area very well and I had to research the area afterwards and it looked exactly as I expected. Mainly due to Roxanne’s stunning descriptions. I love reading books set in different countries and I love the fact I just visited an area of Canada I’ve never heard of and will probably never have if this book didn’t exist.
Roxanne’s writing is beautiful and I have huge respect to David for capturing the beauty when translating into English. The writing is poetic and lyrical, I loved the characters and I didn’t want the book to end. I’m in awe of just how stunning this book is and it is one I will re-read again and again. It’s not a fast-paced book but for once I’m glad it’s not, I enjoyed the slow-burn, it allowed me to take in the surroundings and what was happening.
I will be the first to admit that I hate the sea, I avoid at all costs to go in and reading about a fishing community is not one I’d normally pick. As much as I dislike the sea, I also dislike fishing – it’s never appealed to me and after one disastrous afternoon attempting it myself, I can honestly say I will never fish again. I was transfixed with this community and I saw fishing and the sea in a whole new light. I have huge respect for what the fishermen throughout the world do and I loved the stories that the fishermen in the book came out with.
We Were the Salt of the Sea is a beautiful and moving book which should be in everyone’s list of books to read in 2018. I will visit this book time and again as it’s that gorgeous and stunning, each read I’ll probably discover something new about the book.
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About the Author:
Ten years or so ago, Roxanne Bouchard decided it was time she found her sea legs. So she learned to sail, first on the St Lawrence River, before taking to the open waters off the Gaspé Peninsula. The local fishermen soon invited her aboard to reel in their lobster nets, and Roxanne saw for herself that the sunrise over Bonaventure never lies. We Were the Salt of the Sea is her fifth novel, and her first to be translated into English. She lives in Quebec.