I am always careful not to read too much about a book before I start as I enjoy the thrill of discovering the story for myself. This book was definitely a thrill to read, sometimes rushing through in excitement, other times pausing to contemplate the deeper meanings but each chapter built a new layer of discovery. It is a story that expertly flows between several genres, psychological thriller, gentle supernatural and with a subtle heart-warming romance interwoven. Written with a humorous style, it tackles difficult family relationships, bereavement and the ghosts that linger on, but it is so much more. It remains a fun and uplifting read despite the serious themes and there is something in this magical story to satisfy every intelligent reader.
This wasn’t so much like reading a story though, as living the life of Fynn the fabulous main character. As I became immersed in her world, the characters became my friends and family and I even acquired a pet cat for a short while!
All the characters were highly believable, the loveable quirky Phoebe, the intense but loyal Lisa and the mysterious Jack. Of course Morphius the cat deserves a special mention and cat lovers will no doubt appreciate the antics of this obstinate little character. And then there are Fynn’s ghosts, whether they are really there or just a figment of her imagination is for you to decide. It really doesn’t matter, the story works well whichever reality you choose to believe.
I raced to the end of the book desperate to know the ending, it certainly didn’t disappoint but I won’t spoil it for you. Initially, I was sad to have completed it and was left wanting more but now I feel comforted that I’ll carry a little piece of Fynn with me. This is one book I will probably read several times over and gain something new from each read. I now look forward to reading more by the talented Lesley Hayes.
You can buy ‘The Drowned Phoenician Sailor‘ on Kindle at Amazon.
Find out more about Lesley and her other books at her Amazon Author Page