SEA BABIES BY TRACEY SCOTT-TOWNSEND – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY WILD PRESSED BOOKS 21st FEBRUARY 2019

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In September 2016, Lauren Wilson is travelling by ferry to the Outer Hebrides, about to begin a new job as a children’s social worker. She’s also struggling to come to terms with the recent drowning of a Sheena, a teenage girl she had deeply cared for.
Engrossed in her book, when somebody sits opposite her at a table on the ferry, Lauren refuses to look up, annoyed at having her privacy disturbed. But a hand is pushing a mug of tea across the table, and a livid scar on the back of the hand releases a flood of memories.
Lauren studies the hand on the table in front of her, the line of the scar drawing a map of the past in her mind. She was the one who created the scar, not long before her relationship with the love of her life ended almost thirty years ago. Lauren hasn’t seen Neil since she walked out of their shared life, unable to forgive either herself or him for a decision he strongly pressured her to make.
She’s not ready to meet his eyes, not yet. From his scar to his wrist bone, following his arm upwards and across his shoulder to his collarbone, his chin and the lower part of his face; Lauren remembers incidents from their past and tries to work out what caused their life to go so horribly off-track.
When she finally meets his eyes and they speak to each other for the first time, Lauren believes she has set her life on a new course. But her gain will result in losses for others. Is this really what she wants to happen?

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Tracey is a visual artist who began to write full-time in 2010. She is happiest on the road in the Bus-with-a-Woodstove and in the cosy domain of her shed. Her novels are about family relationships, a sense of place, sexual love and motherhood, the lynchpins of human emotion. She has four grown children, a husband and various animals.

WHAT DID I THINK?

This was a book that stands alone as it encompasses so many thoughts and feelings, you do not realise how deep it goes until the end. The characters all sit really well together and support one another, this is the best character name I have ever read….she-who-was-dropped-on-her-head.  Love it.  This is written in a part memoir way about Lauren and her past but takes you to present day with a twist that I think some would guess, I did think about it but as I kept reading I disregarded that then it all came out and I was a little shocked. I love the way this all ties together, so many threads that all become one. Very well written by Tracey and will look forward to reading her next book.

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