I chose to read Circle of Bones, by Christine Kling for a book set at sea – #25 on the 2018 Reading Challenge – based on the recommendation of my sister. It’s a psychological thriller, which isn’t my usual read.
This book tells two stories simultaneously. One dates back to WWII and relates the tale of the French submarine Sarcouf that went missing under mysterious circumstances. Then in 2008, there is the story of former marine Maggie Riley and marine archeologist Cole Thatcher. These stories head for a collision course amid political conspiracies, thugs chasing treasure, and a psychotic killer.
To be honest, I wasn’t too sure about this book at first. I chose it for this prompt because I couldn’t find anything else I found interesting. But I do like a good suspense story, so I decided to take a chance with it. I’m glad I did. It’s very exciting and kept me turning pages right up to the end.
Circle of Bones is written well, if not perfectly. Some of the lesser characters, however, felt a bit stereotypical and convenient. For example the busty best friend with the uber-rich ex-boyfriend. But I absolutely love Riley, so I can overlook the flaws in some of the others.
Most of the story takes place in the Caribbean, on and around the islands of Guadelupe and Dominica. The setting is absolutely stunning. There are also a number of different boats featured in the book, and Kling does a great job of describing them without getting too pedantic.
I loved this book. I knew it was a series when I started reading it, but I still wasn’t prepared for the ending. I’ve added the rest of the trilogy to my to-read list. I definitely recommend this as a fun and exciting read!