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The Fault by Kitty Sewell


Chilling thriller set on Gibraltar – at the heart of The Rock are secret tunnels, hard to navigate and even harder to escape. Sebastian is a civil engineering prodigy and his latest project is his most ambitious to date: to build a new city on the sheerest face of The Rock. His fiancee, Eva, a diver, is entranced by the penisula’s hidden depths and concerned that her lover doesn’t push himself beyond human limits in his desire to see his dream realised. Mimi, still in her teens, is desperate to spread her wings and chafing at the limits placed on her movements by her overprotective older brother. When Mimi gets into a relationship with a neighbour intent on fighting the new development, Sebastian’s precarious mental health spirals out of control putting them all in danger. When Mimi is lost amidst their twists and turns the race is on to find her before the water rises.


While I was reading this book, I noticed there are undercurrents of mental illness and death similar to the movie Suddenly Last Summer with Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift. 

The book is told from three points of view: Sebastian’s, Mimi’s, and Eva’s.

Sebastian is a prominent engineer determined to conquer the world and his ambitious and groundbreaking idea of building a “titanic tide-proof cantilevered shelf” on the southeast side of the Rock of Gibraltar may get him in trouble with the locals. Particularly a prominent member of the Catholic church who has an interest in his younger sister, Mimi.

Mimi’s life has not been easy. Her mother doesn’t want her, her father is dead and her brother cares more about his work.

Eva is a professional diver and paramedic and met Sebastian and Mimi in Dubai. She is an American running from her past which may be catching up with her and putting everyone in danger.

Ms. Sewell has written a very interesting, surprising, and compelling thriller with very intriguing historical facts and details of Gibraltar. 

Thank you to Ms. Sewell for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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kitty sewellKitty Sewell was born in Sweden, and has had four successive nationalities, living in the Canary Islands, Central and South America, Canada, England, Wales and Spain where she now lives in the mountains of Andalucía. She is a successful sculptor, and bestselling author. Her books have been translated into 15 languages and she has been short-listed for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award, the Wales Book of the Year, Winner of the “People’s Choice” BBC Radio Wales Prize, and the Bertelsmann Book Clubs International Book of the Month. She also writes as Kitty Harri. With Honno she has published Ice Trap (2005, later bought by Simon & Schuster) and Hector’s Talent for Miracles (2007) as Kitty Harris.

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