Anyone who has ever been to Southport and the installation "Another place"at Crosby will find it easy to identify with the pathos running through the story. Parallels between the Baltic and the Southport shore are easily seen. The storyline itself is convoluted enough to keep your interest and the characters have enough depth to allow the reader to put flesh on their bones.
Location wise it helps that I know the places so I could put imagery around the scenes easily. If the reader where unfamiliar with the places it might loose some of its atmosphere.
Good story line almost along the lines of a short film script in the pace and changing of the locations. Change the locations to Calais and Dunkirk and it would be a simple transition to a black and white french art-house movie.