The setting for Sea Creatures is a charming cottage located just outside a Cornish village. It's near the sea, and the descriptions of Cornwall conjure up the wildness and beauty of the coastal location. Set against this stunning backdrop is the disintegration of a family.
Val Harris picks apart the fragile threads that held the family together with skill and a sharp eye. She describes the bickering of the children and the increasing alcoholism of the dad as he descends into his personal hell.
From the depths, however, comes hope for the family. When mum returns a couple of decades later, it's to make peace, but is her family interested in resolving the past?
Beautifully observed and written, this book is pure pleasure to read.