Thursday, July 13, 2017

Broke Deep by Charlie Cochrane

Morgan Capell’s life is falling apart by small degrees—his father’s dead, his boyfriend dumped him, and his mother’s in the grip of dementia. His state of mind isn’t helped by his all-too-real recurring nightmare of the wreck of the Troilus, a two-hundred-year-old ship he’s been dreaming about since his teenage years.

The story of the Troilus is interwoven with the Capell family history. When amateur historian Dominic Watson inveigles himself into seeing the ship’s timbers which make up part of Morgan’s home, they form a tentative but prickly friendship that keeps threatening to spark into something more romantic.

Unexpectedly, Dominic discovers that one of the Troilus’s midshipman was rescued but subsequently might have been murdered, and persuades Morgan to help him establish the truth. But the more they dig, the more vivid Morgan’s nightmares become, until he’s convinced he’s showing the first signs of dementia. It takes as much patience as Dominic possesses—and a fortuitous discovery in a loft—to bring light out of the darkness.

A standalone contemporary novel in the Porthkennack universe

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Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Once again, the Cornwall in this series is magical. I love the nearly mythical history of Porthkennack, the captivating folklore, and the tangled family trees. Saying that, I was underwhelmed by the story in this third book.

Firstly, the voices, the lifestyles, and the interests of the two main characters make Morgan and Dominic feel like two men in late middle age. I was thoroughly surprised when Dominic was described as being on the right side of thirty.

I’ve never encountered twentysomething men who wax lyrically about the merits of Waitrose soups. Dominic and Morgan have the same conversations as my seventy something mother-in-law. Their tasteful fade to grey relationship feels like something out of one of my mother-in-law’s romances – especially when sex is blushingly referred to as a ‘coupling.’ These two seemed almost asexual and both were far more interested in investigating an old shipwreck than they were in each other. They fit each other well, but their relationship really didn’t capture my interest.

I was initially excited by the shipwreck storyline and the hint of supernatural occurrences. However, this storyline ends up rambling in circles before limping to a somewhat unsatisfying conclusion.

The one storyline I did enjoy was Morgan’s relationship with his mother and his growing anxiety over his family history of dementia. The author treats the relationship between mother and son very sensitively and Morgan’s fears about his own future are explored in a thoughtful and empathetic manner.

I love the town of Porthkennack but this is definitely not my favourite story in the series.

Because Charlie Cochrane couldn't be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes. Her mystery novels include the Edwardian era Cambridge Fellows series, and the contemporary Lindenshaw Mysteries.

A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People and International Thriller Writers Inc, Charlie regularly appears at literary festivals and at reader and author conferences with The Deadly Dames.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Broke Deep (Porthkennack #3) by Charlie Cochrane to read and review.

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