The Woman Who Walked into the Sea : Sea Detective

  • by Mark Douglas-Home
  • Narrated by David Monteath
  • Series: Sea Detective
  • 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Woman Who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home, read by David Monteath.
The daughter who nobody wanted learns the truth about the mother she never knew.
Cal McGill is a unique investigator and oceanographer who uses his expertise to locate things - and sometimes people - lost or missing at sea. His expertise could unravel the haunting mystery of why, 26 years ago on a remote Scottish beach, Megan Bates strode out into the cold ocean and let the waves wash her away.
Megan's daughter, Violet Wells, was abandoned as a baby on the steps of a local hospital just hours before the mother she never knew took her own life. As McGill is drawn into Violet's search for the truth, he encounters a coastal community divided by obsession and grief and united only by a conviction that its secrets should stay buried....


What the Critics Say

"Simply intoxicating." (Library Journal)
"Entertaining and gripping mystery." (The Herald)
"A classic whodunit." (The Scotsman)
"Cal McGill is a triumph...a wonderfully unique creation." (
"Great writing, enjoyable story-telling and wonderful characterization." (The Scots Magazine)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Every bit as good as the first book

What did you like most about The Woman Who Walked into the Sea?

Good story with a few twists

Which character – as performed by David Monteath – was your favourite?

David Monteath is a good narrator who makes all the characters believable

Any additional comments?

Mark Douglas-Home has captured the 'detective with a difference' perfectly. Good to have this type of story without the seemingly obligatory Detective Inspector as the main character

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- Renka

Benign appearances

This as not as good as the first book. The sea and Cal don't play a very strong part in the action, coming a poor second to Violet Wells and her quest to find out about her birth mother who seems to have abandoned her at birth and died or disappeared by walking into the sea.

It was quite interesting enough to listen to the end to find out more about the reticent, hostile natives but it did not live up to the standard set by the first book nor was it as lively.
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- Rogayah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-01-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd