Sea Change review

By J. M. Simpson

My Thoughts:

So many great things I can say about this book! I had the privilege of reading book 1 in this series and I absolutely loved it, so I was thrilled when they reached back out with the opportunity to read the second in the series (hint…another is coming 😜)! As the first one did, I dove right into this one and it kept me guessing until the very end. The fact that this is a little bit love story, little bit mystery, lot of coast, and all the camaraderie of the crew, it drew my right back in instantly. It was such a fast-paced read I didn’t want to put it down and it certainly didn’t take long to read. While it is the second in the series, it can be read independently. Fantastic read!


Sinister undercurrents at are work in the seaside town Castleby. Ayoung boy goes missing and another dies in suspicious circumstances.Jesse Stevensbelieves she is safe after escaping from a madwoman who tried to kill her. But soon her worst nightmare returns. Her ex-partner has escaped from prison and is hunting her.Shebelieves he will find her and kill her this time.Ex-special forces soldier Rob Fox (Foxy) moves to Castleby tolive a quiet life, cope with his grief and forget his past. He becomes friends with Sophie Jones whohas returned to Castleby to look after her father, while she desperately waits for news about her soldier husband, who is missing in action. Sophie is unexpectedly attacked, unearthinga twenty-year-old unsolved murder.Two local thieves steal from the local mafioso and pay the ultimate price, leaving the police with a rising body countanda missing boy to find.Mystery, suspense and drama continue in the second of the Castleby series.

About The Author:

Jo Simpson was born in Essex but was raised primarily in the West Country, enjoying a childhood in Devon and Cornwall, never far from a rugged coastline, sandy beach, or harbour.Further education in the west country had limited choices, so she bucked the trend of going to secretarial college and opted for a course further away at Exetercollege: building & civil engineering. Jo was the only female on her courseat the start.Jo obtained a degree in Building Surveying from the University of Greenwich and then went on to specialise in research in construction and development, gaining her PhD in 2001. Jo still runs a successful research consultancy and writes her novels in every spare moment she has.She lives in Kent, with her two (occasionally stroppy) teenage daughters, her extremely long suffering husband and her two writing partners Max (who features as Brock in the series) and Merlin, both rescue Border Collies.Jo’s debut novels are the Castleby series, comprising of five books set in a coastal community and largely inspired by the time she’s spent in and around the UK’s coastline, and the never-ending visits to RNLI shops that her children insisted on regularly! The series seemed a natural progression and the fictional seaside town of Castleby grew with new people and new plotlines. The debut novel in the Castleby series is Sea State, out December 2021, the second is Sea Change, due for release in March 2022.Jo is planning a new series set in the Scottish highlands, the first of which will hopefully publishin early 2023.In what little spare time Jo has, she spends writing, walking by the ocean, being an armchair movie critic, and drinking copious amounts of wine in her most favorite pub with friends.

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