The eerie, windswept Hatchet Island off the coast of Maine becomes the site of a double murder and a disappearance in this thriller from bestselling author Paul Doiron.
A call for help from a former colleague leads Maine game warden investigator Mike Bowditch and his girlfriend Stacey Stevens on a sea kayaking trip to a research station far off the coast. Stacey spent summers interning on the island, a sanctuary for endangered seabirds, and they are shocked by the atmosphere of tension they encounter when they come ashore. The biologists are being threatened and stalked by a mysterious boatman who they suspect is trespassing on the refuge late at night. And now the sanctuary’s enigmatic founder, whose mind has been slowly unraveling, has gone missing.
Camped on an islet for the night, Mike and Stacey waken to the sound of a gunshot. When they return to the refuge at dawn, their darkest fears are confirmed: two of the three researchers have been brutally murdered and the third has disappeared, along with the island skiff. Mike’s quest to find the missing man leads to a nearby island owned by a world-renowned photographer and his equally brilliant wife. The inhabitants of this private kingdom quickly close ranks, and Mike increasingly comes to believe that someone in the village knows more about the killings than they dare admit.
With no one to trust and miles from shore, Mike Bowditch must stop a ruthless murderer determined to make sure a terrifying secret never sees the light of day.
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Another amazing book (#13) by Paul Doiron. I honestly think this was the best yet. I loved the setting on the puffin island off the Maine coast, and the continuing story of Mike & Stacy. Fans of the series won't be disappointed in the newest novel. Cannot wait to recommend this one. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy.
Whoa! Talk about non stop action! I think something was happening almost every single chapter! This book also had suspense, intrigue, great police work and a great who done it! The storyline was very interesting and the pace was very fast! I definitely enjoyed reading this book! I will recommend reading this book as it was well worth reading! It was a great read! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me!
In this 13th book in the Mike Bowditch series, he and Stacey are taking an ocean kayaking vacation. On the way, they stop at a small island bird sanctuary where Stacey had interned. Now she has received a message asking for help from a former friend who still works on the island. Odd things seem to be happening and the tension level on the island is high, but Mike and Stacey kayak to a nearby island to spend the night. Hearing a gunshot in the night, they return to the bird island as soon as it is daylight and discover a horrific scene.
I have enjoyed this series since the first one and this is a fantastic addition! An amazing setting, unusual characters, and the teasing out of clues keeps you reading to see what happens next! I loved seeing Stacey and Mike back together, too! It’s been great to see the characters mature over the course of the series.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC.