The Midcoast; Adam White
Hogarth - 2022
The Midcoast is a debut novel that opens in small coastal town of Damariscotta, Maine. Andrew is a writing instructor and lacrosse coach who returns with his family to the area where he grew up to settle down. The story opens with a lavish outdoor reception for the Amherst College lacrosse team hosted by Steph and Ed Thatch at their enviable coastal home. The Thatches daughter Allie attends Amherst College and their son EJ is a local cop. Andrew wonders how Ed, a high school dropout and the son of a lobster fisherman could rise to their current status of achieving the American dream and more? His wife Step is the unofficial town mayor as well. As Andrew does a little snooping indoors while the event is taking place, he uncovers some disturbing photos and with a little investigative work, the reader will soon begin to understand what has been going on.
This novel got off to a rather slow start but, I quickly found myself totally engrossed with the crime drama elements of it all. I found myself on the edge of my seat often with an uncomfortable feeling as I read. The descriptions of midcoast Maine and Amherst College, Amherst, MA seemed accurately portrayed and, I thought the author did a great job building the suspense of the Thatch story. I was really glad I read this one, it was so hard to put down even though some of the characters needed a bit more depth. Recommended
Rating - 4/5 stars
(NOTE: the eGalley download was sent to me by the publisher (Hogarth) in exchange for my unbiased review.)