the last boat home

Explosive, dark and tender, The Last Boat Home is a devastating novel about sacrifice, survival and a mother’s love. If you loved The Light Between Oceans or The Snow Child, this is for you.

On the wind-swept southern coast of Norway, sixteen-year-old Else is out on the icy sea, dragging her oars through the waves while, above her, storm clouds are gathering. Surrounded by mountains, snow and white-capped water, she looks across the fjord and dreams of another life, of escape and faraway lands.

Back on shore, her father sits alone in his boathouse with a jar of homebrew. In the Best Room, her mother covers her bruises and seeks solace in prayer. Each tries to hide the truth from this isolated, God-fearing community they call home.

Until one night changes everything.

More than thirty years later, the return of an old friend forces Else to relive the events that marked the end of her childhood.

I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I struggled at the start of this book. It was a little confused and didn’t hold my interest. But once I got into it, it was quite enjoyable, the story was good and it flowed well. I liked most of the characters, especially Else’s grandaughter.

This book had strong themes of abuse, religions and heartache. It had some moments that were hard to read due to their subject nature but at the same moment you had to read on to find out what was happening.

Lars was a character I didn’t particularly like. He was just plain rude and a little but creepy for my liking.

The book had some interesting ideas but it struggled to hold my attention.

I would recommend this book, just to people who prefer a slower paced books.

3 out of 5 stars.