The daughter who nobody wanted learns the truth about the mother she never knew. A page-turning, heart-breaking mystery 'full of surprises ... this is a classic whodunit' (Scotsman).
Cal McGill is a unique investigator and oceanographer who uses his expertise to locate things - and sometimes people - lost or missing at sea.
His expertise could unravel the haunting mystery of why, twenty-six years ago on a remote Scottish beach, Megan Bates strode out into the cold ocean and let the waves wash her away.
Megan's daughter, Violet Wells, was abandoned as a baby on the steps of a local hospital just hours before the mother she never knew took her own life.
As McGill is drawn into Violet's search for the truth, he encounters a coastal community divided by obsession and grief, and united only by a conviction that its secrets should stay buried...
'An always entertaining and gripping mystery ... Infinitely better written than the majority of its competitors' Herald
'A classic whodunit. A mystery from the school of Ruth Rendell, and I can't imagine anyone who likes those not delighting in this'Scotsman
'Cal McGill is a triumph ... a wonderfully unique creation' crimefictionlover.com
'Simply intoxicating'Library Journal
'Raises the bar for Scottish crime fiction ... elegantly written and compelling' Scotsman
'Promises to be a fine series of detective novels' Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month
'Excellent' Literary Review - top five crime books of the year
'A compelling protagonist' The Times Literary Supplement