The Orphan of Salt Winds by Elizabeth Brooks
I was thrilled when Tin House reached out and sent me their new release, The Orphan of Salt Winds. The cover is GORGEOUS and I was intrigued by the plot of a young orphan who goes to live on a remote estate deep in the marsh. This one ticked all my boxes: dual time line, gothic setting, incredible, atmospheric writing (seriously the tone of this one is SO WELL DONE). You can feel the tension in the air and I loved the ominous build up…. however, I was really hoping for a more sinister and horrible ending for the wretched Mr. Deering.
Many thanks to TIn House for sending me a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. 3.5 stars.
England, 1939. Ten-year-old Virginia Wrathmell arrives at Salt Winds, a secluded house on the edge of a marsh, to meet her adoptive parents—practical, dependable Clem and glamorous, mercurial Lorna. The marsh, with its deceptive tides, is a beautiful but threatening place. Virginia’s new parents’ marriage is full of secrets and tensions she doesn’t quite understand, and their wealthy neighbor, Max Deering, drops by too often, taking an unwholesome interest in the family’s affairs. Only Clem offers a true sense of home. War feels far away among the birds and shifting sands—until the day a German fighter plane crashes into the marsh, and Clem ventures out to rescue the airman. What happens next sets into motion a crime so devastating it will haunt Virginia for the rest of her life. Seventy-five years later, she finds herself drawn back to the marsh, and to a teenage girl who appears there, nearly frozen and burdened by her own secrets. In her, Virginia might have a chance at retribution and a way to right a grave mistake she made as a child.