‘Reprobation’ by Catherine Fearns

Mike Finn 2021 Halloween Bingo

I read ‘Reprobation’ for my Murder Most Foul Halloween Bingo Square and had a great time with it. It’s the first book of a trilogy and I’ll be back for the rest.

I was initially drawn to ‘Reprobation’ by the spooky cover and the fact that it was set in Liverpool. It turned out the nun in the book is nothing like the scary image on the cover and the book is set mostly in Formby, a posh coastal town outside of Liverpool, home to the wide beach and strange sculptures that you see in the banner above. But I wasn’t disappointed. The nun was much more interesting than the haven’t-I-seen-this-movie? drawing suggested and Formby made the perfect setting for the plot.

There were lots of things to like about this book, starting with the opening sentence:

“Across grey waters, where the river Mersey meets the Irish Sea, wind turbines…

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