The Girl on the Beach – Tracy Buchanan

‘We’d both done things that needed forgiving… Both had secrets we needed to forget.’

Ever since Amber Caulfield lost her daughter, she’s felt empty. But the day she finds a teenage girl wandering barefoot and confused along the frozen beach of Winterton Chine, everything changes. As Amber feels her maternal instinct reawaken to help the girl, something that feels a tiny bit like hope flickers inside her–– for the first time in years.

But the girl has no recollection of who she is, or what she is doing there. She is just clutching a notebook, filled with notes, stories, and pictures that she claims not to recognise.

Who is she? Where is she from? And what led her to this particular beach in the south of England, on the coldest day of the year? Amber knows she must help her find some answers.

But neither Amber, nor the girl, know that this will be the start of a journey that will take them to Scotland, Iceland and beyond. To discover what it means to face your fears, discover the devastating secrets from your history, and to have the courage to find your family… and your way back home.



My review

Wow, Wow, Wow! What is not to love about this brillant story?

From the very first page you are taken prison by the book. It’s intriguing, interesting, emotional and throughout the whole story there is that something that pushes you forward because you want to know the secrets. And then, at last, everything is revealed. Oh, well, not everything, because the author has another surprise in store.

The writing style is very attractive. I love the conversations between Amber and her mother and aunt. It was also very nice to have alternating parts told by two main characters and it was wonderful to see the past and the present coming together.

My overall feeling about this one : wow! (or did I already mention that once or twice …? LOL) 5 stars.

Thank you, Tracy Buchanan, Bookouture and Netgalley.


About the author

Tracy Buchanan lives in Buckinghamshire in the UK with her husband, daughter and their puppy, Bronte. She travelled extensively while working as a travel magazine editor, sating the wanderlust she developed while listening to her Sri Lankan grandparents’ childhood stories – the same wanderlust that now inspires her writing. She now dedicates her time to writing and procrastinating on social media.

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