Good first attempt,
This review is from: Playing with the Moon (Paperback)
I'm going to go easy on Eliza Graham because this is her first book. Writers are allowed to have a book or two before really hitting their stride and I think this writer is going to be really good once she finds the right story idea.
But she's not quite there yet. On the face of it the idea's OK: couple damaged by tragedy discover the skeleton of a soldier missing since WWII buried in the sand of the beach near where they are staying. Solving the mystery of how the man died helps Minna (the woman of the couple) deal with her loss and helps Felix, a local woman who was involved in the death, resolve her own ghosts of the past.
Yes, but there are so many books on this theme: dealing with tragedy, resolving the past, putting the dead to rest, that the treatment has to be really fresh to carry my interest. Sadly, Graham doesn't quite manage it. She has some lovely turns of phrase and her description of the disintegrating marriage of Minna and Tom is excellent. Her handling of the sections set in the 1940s, when we meet Felix as a child, are less assured and she hinges her plot on an unlikely, clandestine love affair which failed to suspend my disbelief. However, if she continues to get published, I'll watch out for her work and see if she improves as I think she will.