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Alaskan Gothic Press publishes all the best darkness of The Great Land. Specializing in supernatural and horror stories set in The Far North, the press actively seeks out new talent interested in spreading frozen terror.
Amy K. Marshall has been an archaeologist, curator, archivist, conservator, diver, sled dog race project manager and logistics chief, line chef, waitress, forklift operator, newspaper delivery girl, musical theater director, actress, small business owner, musician, and shovel bum (not necessarily in that order, and not necessarily exclusively at one time or another). She holds a B.A. in Medieval Archaeology (this explains the odd jobs) and an M.A. in Maritime History & Nautical Archaeology (this explains the whole boat fascination thing). She is currently the Library Director for the small fishing town of Craig, Alaska on Prince of Wales Island, and would like to go on record that she was NOT her small fishing town's librarian at the time of writing this particular story. She resides in Craig with her husband, two teenagers (this goes far in explaining the whole horror writer thing), dark-fairy-hunting cat, and psychotic Border collie; all of whom she loves beyond all measure.
on March 26, 2013 :
Brought to you by TeamNerd reviewer Bridget Strahin
Review: I'm pretty sure that after reading this book, I'll never be able to get on another boat again. Seriously.
The Fishing Widow isn't a book you want to read at night or by yourself or in the middle of the ocean, or like anywhere that isn’t heavily populated. I'm not even joking when I tell ya'll that there were so many scenes that had me scared senseless! But I still kept coming back for more and more, because it was sooo good. *creepy laugh* and of course, any book that has a synopsis that starts off, "The difference between a fairy tale and a fisherman's tale is this: a fairy tale begins "Once Upon a Time," while a fisherman's tale begins "This Ain't No Bullshit." You just know it's going to be good.
The story starts off with a young Ethan and Colin aboard the Fairweather, when trouble happens and they are instructed by their captain to go hope aboard an unresponsive ship to make sure everyone is okay. Colin gets the stranded ship to start up and Ethan goes in search for the crew. What Ethan finds is so scarring and traumatizing that he has a hard time coming to terms with it and is still haunted by what he saw years later.
Four years later Colin and his wife buys a seiner and Colin and Ethan embark on their first fishing trip with a new crew and adorable dog named Cloudy. It doesn't take long for Ethan to start seeing and hearing things that he definitely shouldn't be hearing or seeing, like ghosts! Creepy evil ghosts coming out of the ocean, ripping through the seiner and coming through the radio. It was all so dang creepy and poor Ethan just couldn't catch a break.
Marshall does an amazing job describing every aspect of her world from the sea spray, the descriptions of the seiner, to Ethan and his crew fighting for their lives, to the language the characters use, and their relationships with each other. Ethan was my favorite character hands down. I loved how tough and brave he was but at the same time wasn't embarrassed to cry in front of his best friend or girl friend. He was such a great character that I could stay in his head all day and I loved his friendship with Colin. Those two had each other's backs no matter what came at them, which was one of the aspects of the story that made it work so well. I've never really given fisherman the credit they are owed and always just thought the people who want to go out in the ocean for weeks just to catch fish were crazy but Ethan and Colin have definitely given me a new appreciation for them.
Back to the language of the characters, there is a lot of cussing in this book. I, of course already speak fluent sailor, so I wasn't bothered by it, but not everyone feels the same. So if you're easily offended by four letter words then read with caution.
Overall, if you're looking for a dark and suspenseful read, that mixes old Alaskan fisherman legends with a fresh story line, than I would suggest The Fishing Widow. Amazing characters, amazing plot, there is no doubt in my mind that Marshall has what it takes to fall in line with Stephen King and I will definitely buy every book she writes.
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