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The Wave by Virginia Moffatt

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Tonight they’ll share their darkest secrets, but tomorrow, there is no escape…

A devastating tsunami is heading towards the Cornish coast. With no early warning and limited means of escape, many people won’t get away in time.

While the terrifying reality of the news hits home, one young woman posts a message on Facebook, ‘With nowhere to run to, I’m heading to my favourite beach to watch the sunset, who wants to join me?’

A small group of people follow her lead and head towards the beach; each of them are harbouring their own stories, and their own secrets.

As they come together in the dying light of the Cornish sunset, they will discover something much more powerful than they ever imagined. But there is no escaping the dawn … the wave is coming…


I chose this book because of a unique plotline.  Wow! It did not disappoint. 

When a group of people decides to live their last evening on a beach in Cornwall while a tsunami is predicted to hit the next morning, they reflect on their lives and make peace with their past mistakes.

Poppy has chosen to ride out the wave on a beach in Cornwall and post her intentions on Facebook inviting anyone to join her. Little did she know six people would take her up on it.

I am impressed by Ms. Moffatt’s extraordinary portrayal of one’s last day on earth and the plethora of emotions one would face. The story is told in seven unique voices slowly disclosing their loves, their losses, and their what-ifs.  It is a fascinating take on self-reflection and acknowledging one’s true feelings.

This is an engrossing and frightening read which makes me question what I would do in the same situation.  I guarantee you will not want to put it down.

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


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Virginia Moffatt Virginia Moffatt was born in London, one of eight children, several of whom are writers. ‘The Wave’ is her second novel. Her previous publications are ‘Echo Hall’ (Unbound) and ‘Rapture and what comes after’ (Flash fiction collection published by Gumbo Press). She also writes non fiction. Virginia is married to Chris Cole, Director of Drone Wars UK. They have two daughters at University and a son still living with them in Oxford.

Follow Virginia on her website, Twitter, and Facebook.


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