*I was sent this book free of charge so I could read it and create this review*
True to it's name Wreck of the Gossamer is the story of a shipwreck which takes place just off Cape Cod in the late 1800s. Shawn P. McCarthy paints a vivid picture of a ship tossed by storms on the open sea. It's what happens after the shipwreck that is the main content of this 202 page story.
A young lady discovers a puzzle box washed ashore amongst the wreckage, and by the end of this book she's only discovered a few of the boxes 27 secrets. She has a few secrets of her own, and the end of this book sees her fleeing an abusive husband.
A man, a thief and a killer, is hunting down items that may have washed ashore from the Gossamer. He frequents the bars and taverns near to where the wreck occurred, hoping to glean information from the locals about the folks on the boat and what may have been recovered from the sea.
Wreck of the Gossamer is the first in a series: The Puzzle Box Chronicles. As Book 1 it fulfils it's niche as an introduction to some characters and creates some storylines I'm sure must connect as the Chronicles go forward. I'm intensely curious what happens to the characters in the next instalment.
This book was a fairly quick read for me, It wasn't one I really needed to sit and concentrate on, so reading a few minutes here and there was great. Some stories I've read really need my full attention because there are so many characters or such an involved plot. This book has a very good plot but it also very easy to follow.
A good bit of mystery keeps the reader interested and involved in Wreck of the Gossamer. I recommend it, especially if the next instalments are close at hand!