Crimson Shore – Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

crimson shore


A secret chamber.

A mysterious shipwreck.

A murder in the desolate salt marshes.

A seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more complicated-and sinister-than Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated.

Pendergast, together with his ward Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton.

My Thoughts

Do you ever get that feeling, after reading a book, where you kind of stumble around in a haze because you aren’t 100% sure that what you just read is actually what you just read? Yeah. This book did that to me. It wrecked me totally and completely. And I loved every moment.

Crimson Shore is book #15 in the Pendergast series, and it’s a series I’ve been reading since I was in high school. My dad introduced me to this series, and now we read the books together as best as we can, seeing as we live in different provinces. These books are a big part of me. And they have never once left me disappointed.

Pendergast and Constance, both just as enigmatic as they are pragmatic, dive into a case with cautious gusto and uncover far, far more than they ever bargained for. Pendergast is grace and shadows, sometimes a little too unreal. But he has his very human moments – like not knowing what Google is, let alone how to use it. Constance is a very grim, Victorian sort of sarcastic, lending to an almost old-fashioned sort of characterization. And then she teaches Pendergast how to use Google. They’re a very balanced sort of complimentary. It’s truly, truly wonderful.

This mystery is set in an idyllic small New England town, where the secrets are just as old as the family names that are lauded with undeserved esteem. In usual Pendergast fashion, so many little pieces fit together in just the right manner. For a split second, we may think we figured it out. And then we’re thrown for a major loop. As all the loose ends are tied, it all comes together like a neat and tidy braid.

After 15 books, Pendergast’s methods – the one’s he’s painstakingly teaching Constance – still leave me befuddled. He does the most eccentric things that don’t make any semblance of sense at the time. But, one must remember that Pendergast never does anything by accident. His every move, word, and action is deliberate and carefully planned. It just might take a little time for that to become clear.

It didn’t take much time at all for me to get completely enthralled with this book. I couldn’t put it down to save my life. It is carefully crafted to leave you begging for more while pondering (sometimes out loud, much to my partner’s chagrin) just what the bloody hell is going on. Oh, and of course the cliffhangers.

THE CLIFFHANGERS. (Okay, I think I’m composed now.) By the end of this book, I was a wreck. Mentally and emotionally, this book destroyed me. I have too many questions and very few answers. I have a dreadful suspicion as to where the next installment will take me. If my suspicion is correct, the next book may very well leave me in a very similar state as this one.

There’s only one way to find out.


~ by Aubrey Smith on December 14, 2017.

2 Responses to “Crimson Shore – Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child”

  1. This sounds marvelous! I love how it’s something you and your dad share from a young age 🙂 That’s so sweet!
    I also love that the characters balance each other out so well, and how there are so many twists you can never figure it out. A good mystery novel if I ever saw one!
    Amazing review, Aubrey ❤️

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