Published by Creativia on December 7 2018
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Also by this author: Clarissa's Warning
From the acclaimed author of The Drago Tree comes a riveting thriller about survival, revenge and long-hidden secrets.
When local Lanzarote anti-corruption activist, Celestino, is T-boned on a lonely stretch of road, he knows the collision was no accident.
Wounded and fearing for his life, he hides in an abandoned fishing village, waiting for a chance to make it home. Meanwhile his wife, English expat Paula, is distraught. Her pursuit of answers is deflected when her neighbor, troublesome retiree Shirley Mobad, co-opts Paula on her escapades around the Canary Islands.
Paula’s search for her husband quickly descends into mayhem, danger and intrigue. Before long, she realizes she’s being followed. She needs answers, and fast.
But where is Celestino, and will he ever make it back alive?
✮ My Review ✮
Well wasn’t this a nice intense little journey! Celestino trying to survive after a hit and run and Paula trying to find Celestino! I did not know what would happen next! The mystery in this book holds you throughout the book, as we delve into some shady parts of politics, always wanting Paula and Celestino to reach other again.
It is interesting to see the struggle of making a life as an ex-pat, on this gorgeous island, something that may still affect me in the future, so this lifestyle was something I was interested in learning more about. The struggle of not being accepted is a fear I think most people have and so to be abroad with a missing husband is doubly scary!
You are constantly questioning everyone in The Matter of Latitude, who would run Celestino off the road? Why? Is it someone in their circle of friends? Or is it someone else to fear?
This is not a fast-paced thriller, this is a nice slow burning, building on the landscape, on the people, ramping up the mystery and the intensity of the main plot. We are given flashbacks to the past to build the bigger picture to how they got themselves into the situation they are currently in, again solidifying the characters and building on them.
I have previously enjoyed Clarissa’s Warning, also set in Lanzarote, and Isobel’s writing where the scenery and backdrop take a life of their own. This was no different, the imagery used could have you sitting in the sun, soaking the ray of Lanzarote. I wish I was, less the hit and run.
Until next time xxx
Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite and the author for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review
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