Home is Where the Heart Is


“Beyond the Bright Sea” by Lauren Wolk is a book that will leave readers satisfied after completion with its mystery, suspense, and vivid descriptions. It tells the story of a young girl named Crow who was abandoned inside a skiff as a baby and washed up on an island. From there she was raised by a quiet man she calls Osh, who fled his country for his own safety. Along the way, she tries to answer the question of where she came from, which eventually gets her into trouble, while Osh tries to teach her that home is where the heart is.

At some parts, the book is quite slow, and it’s hard to make yourself read it. Crow often describes what’s going on inside her head, but although that can come too frequently and overly descriptive at times, it can just as easily be intriguing. As the story goes on, the mystery element builds with chapters that will leave your heart racing. The book has a lot of variety, however, and can also be quite relaxing. The dialogue is very genuine. It feels like you’re seeing the characters with your own eyes as well as hearing them. If you can make it all the way to the end, you will be excited by the conclusion. Overall, this book is a very good read that will probably make you read it all over again.