Friday 4 February 2022

Sea State by J. M. Simpson | Blog Tour Book Review

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Sea State by J. M. Simpson 
Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Publisher: Independently published
Publication date: 21st November 2021

Jesse Stevens needs to escape her past, start a new life and feel safe.

The rugged coastline and tight-knit community of Castleby offers her that chance. Her new job with the local lifeboat crew gives her the stability and comfort she craves. Her skipper, Doug Brodie, faces his own demons. He is struggling with survivor’s guilt, physical and mental scars, and a marriage teetering on the brink.

Jesse is desperate to put aside the dark nightmares and terrible memories. As she and Doug grow closer, she wonders whether she can ever really live a normal life and be happy. But Jesse is in grave danger. Someone is watching her; trying to control and manipulate her life. Someone plans to make her life a living nightmare and return her to the hell she thought she had left behind. Will she ever be free?

Sea State draws you in with a really strong prologue. We read about a woman being attacked which automatically makes you want to read on and see what on earth is happening.

The story then splits into the points of view of two main characters. We learn that the woman in question is Jesse Stevens. She had been beaten badly by her police officer ex-boyfriend Chris and left in a pretty bad way. In order to get past her ordeal, she moves to Castleby and attends therapy.

Doug works for the RNLI in Castleby and has two children with wife Claire. Two of his crew mates and best friends die in a shout with Doug himself being injured. He struggles with this fact as he believes that his orders led to his friends deaths.

The two stories merge together when Jesse joins the RNLI as a mechanic for the boats but someone is following her and is desperate to get to her.

There is a lot to unpack with this book and a lot of storylines packed in but it never gets confusing and flows well. I loved the rescue scenes and I honestly learned a lot about what the RNLI do. 

The thrill is there are you are dying to know who is watching Jesse and why and I was genuinely surprised by the ending!


A massive thank you to Literally PR for having me on the blog tour. You can find the information for the other bloggers who are taking part in the tour in the graphic below.

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