I’m delighted to be sharing my review of The Wave today as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Emma Welton for the invite onto the tour and the review copy of The Wave.
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…
The Wave had such an intriguing premise that I knew I had to read to it. If you knew that a giant wave was going to hit the UK what would YOU do? I think most of us would try to get to safer ground but what if you decided that you didn’t want to join the hundreds of people trying to escape the devastation approaching? What if you wanted to calmly await your fate, spending the last few hours doing what you love and spending it with those people who have the same principles and beliefs? And what if those people were hiding secrets? I was desperate to know more.
The Wave really does sweep you away on a swell of emotion as Poppy and a group of people responding to her Facebook post congregate on the beach to spend their final few hours surfing and talking. It’s an unusual group, brought together by coincidence and all with differing personalities. I liked the group dynamics and how they came together to discuss things that possibly they would never have done in any other situation. Yes, there were some cliches with relationships between some of them and Poppy probably wouldn’t have had much of a response to her post if she hadn’t been drop dead gorgeous, but it worked. I have to admit though that I would have tried anything to get away! So what if the traffic was queued for miles?! But why wasn’t the government helping more and making it easier to get out of Cornwall? The road going into the county was empty (a rare occurrence!!) so it could easily have been used to get double the amount of cars away and I know that if I had the slightest chance of escape I would have taken it-no matter how small! But once the decision has been made, this cast of characters took their fate in their stride whilst revealing their innermost thoughts in a way that you can only do in the company of complete strangers.
The Wave wasn’t what I was expecting. It went much deeper, unraveling the fears and acceptance that fight side by side, bringing issues to the surface as Poppy and her entourage face their destiny. It’s beautifully written and a compelling page turner, weaving its strands together in a gripping storyline. So if you’re after a thought provoking read that feels uniquely different then The Wave is definitely one for you!
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.