I was excited to read another book by Mark Douglas Home having enjoyed The Sea Detective. Being a sea and coast lover myself I was fascinated by the character of Cal and his methods of working out how objects (including human ones) arrived onshore and really loved the story of the abducted Asian girls and their dreadful lives in Scotland. So I started the Woman Who Walked into the Sea with great hope. Sadly, I was very disappointed. If anything Cal seemed to become just one of the many characters in this complicated plot and his great talents were not really used to their full, he seemed to spend most of his time following Violet around. Sad to say I ended up speed reading the last few chapters. I was really hoping for so much more and lots of examples where Cal worked his magic, and certainly more than the one storyline that just went round and round in circles. The character of Cal and his amazing work should be the most important theme in the book and it would be fantastic to be given lots of information of how he works all these things out, otherwise you're left with just another murder mystery.