Title: North of Boston
Author: Elisabeth Elo
Publisher/Publication Date: Penguin/Viking Adult, January 23, 2014
Format/Source: E-ARC, Publisher
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Dennis Lehane meets Smilla’s Sense of Snow: a big discovery in the world of female suspense, about an edgy young woman with the rare ability to withstand extreme conditions
Elisabeth Elo’s debut novel introduces Pirio Kasparov, a Boston-bred tough-talking girl with an acerbic wit and a moral compass that points due north.
When the fishing boat Pirio is on is rammed by a freighter, she finds herself abandoned in the North Atlantic. Somehow, she survives 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.
Compelled to look after Noah, the son of the late Ned and her alcoholic prep school friend, Thomasina, Pirio can’t shake the lurking suspicion that the boat’s sinking—and Ned’s death—was no accident. It’s a suspicion seconded by her deeply cynical, autocratic Russian father, who tells her that nothing is ever what it seems. Then the navy reaches out to her to participate in research on human survival in dangerously cold temperatures.
With the help of a curious journalist named Russell Parnell, Pirio begins unraveling a lethal plot involving the glacial whaling grounds off Baffin Island. In a narrow inlet in the arctic tundra, Pirio confronts her ultimate challenge: to trust herself.
A gripping literary thriller, North of Boston combines the atmospheric chills of Jussi Adler-Olsen with the gritty mystery of Laura Lippman. And Pirio Kasparov is a gutsy, compellingly damaged heroine with many adventures ahead.
Woot! Woot! North of Boston is the first novel that I finished reading in 2014. For a debut novel, North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo is well written and engaging. It has an interesting storyline and a great cast of characters. It’s one of those mysteries in which there is a strong heroine who has to have answers and makes hasty decisions, while getting herself into deeper trouble and putting those around her in danger. It doesn't help that her father encourages her behavior. The scenes are clearly depicted and the edge of your seat action picks up towards the end. Overall, North of Boston was nicely paced and it kept me in suspense until the chilling end.
I received an E-ARC of North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.