Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sea Creatures by Susanna Daniel

Publisher: Harper
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When Georgia returns to her hometown of Miami, her toddler son and husband in tow, she is hoping for a fresh start. They have left Illinois trailing scandal and disappointment in their wake: Graham's sleep disorder has cost him his tenure at Northwestern; Georgia's college advising business has gone belly up; and three-year old Frankie is no longer speaking. Miami feels emptier without Georgia's mother, who died five years earlier, but her father and stepmother offer a warm welcome-as well as a slip for the dilapidated houseboat Georgia and Graham have chosen to call home. And a position studying extreme weather patterns at a prestigious marine research facility offers Graham a professional second chance.

When Georgia takes a job as an errand runner for an artist who lives alone in the middle of Biscayne Bay, she's surprised to find her life changes dramatically. Time spent with the intense hermit at his isolated home might help Frankie gain the courage to speak, it seems. And it might help Georgia reconcile the woman she was with the woman she has become.

But when Graham leaves to work on a ship in Hurricane Alley and the truth behind Frankie's mutism is uncovered, the family's challenges return, more complicated than before. Late that summer, as a hurricane bears down on South Florida, Georgia must face the fact that her choices have put her only child in grave danger.



Kritters Thoughts:  There are many forms of insomnia and some can really affect a relationship and a family - Georgia and Graham both deal with different forms of insomnia and it has gravely affected their son and themselves.  With a sudden move to Miami, this book dives straight into how a family must try to pick up the pieces and put everything back in order, but can it be done?

Although the story seemed crazy, weird and interesting, the characters were so deep and became so personal, that I couldn't put it down and wanted to know where they were all going end up.  There were times where I felt uncomfortable because I felt so close to their intimate dramas, but I think that was all in creating these characters that I was invested in.  At times this book went to a place that I didn't want it to go, I never felt like it wasn't honest and true.

Not a lighthearted read, but with a cast of characters with quirks and truth, I would say this is one to spend a weekend with.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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