After The Ferry

A 'sliding doors'-style Mystery

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
296 Pages
Reviewed on 07/30/2019
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

After The Ferry: A 'Sliding Doors'-style Mystery is a murder mystery novel written by C.A. Larmer. Best friends Amelia Malone and Monty Brennan’s quest to see the world had seemed a lark so far. They were now in the Greek islands after having a pair of Sydney University students attach themselves to the two young women while they were in Rome. The boy both girls fancied, Angus, had chosen Millie. However, for her part, his braggadocio and rather ridiculous self-importance seemed to pall fairly quickly. His companion, Thomas Wilson, was even less appealing. The four were traveling by ferry to Sarisi but Thomas, who seemed to have been appointed tour guide, decided they’d travel on to Santorini Island instead. But Millie wasn’t so sure. While getting coffee onboard the ferry, she had experienced a soul-altering chance encounter with someone she could only describe as a Greek god. She realized that he was leaving at Sarisi. Millie felt her heart contract as she watched him slowly move towards the exit, his last gaze filled with regret and unfulfilled romance. Could she let him go? Or would she instead accept the invitation he offered and grab the chance at love offered to her?

C.A. Larmer’s murder mystery novel opens with an idyllic scene of young people traveling the world and embarking on a visit to the Greek islands, but there’s something dark signaled by Millie’s opening words in the prologue and the startling image of her battered body being dragged from the damp sand where she lay. What happened to Millie and how? Larmer’s plot is a clever one, giving the reader two quantum states to deliberate over as they try to figure out what happened to Millie all those years ago and where the hard-edged and obsessive editor of Eve Magazine disappeared to -- and at the worst possible moment? The characters the reader gets to know during the course of this psychological thriller are finely honed and credible, and Amelia’s contrasting lives and personalities are brilliantly rendered and made plausible. After The Ferry is highly recommended.