This is a story about another author from the East Coast in Canada. It is another great read.
The story is set in Wood Harbour, Nova Scotia. It was a frigid night in February 2013 when the five young fishermen vanished. A vicious winter story was approaching from the south, and all other boats at the fishing grounds were steaming for shore. Unable to locate his long-lining gear, the crew on Miss Ally’s decided to stay an extra day to retrieve the gear and hopefully a big catch.
Their retreat delayed, the Miss Ally crew ended up pounded by hurricane-force winds and waves well over 10 metres high. Late on February 17th, the boat foundered. The five young men abroad were never found.
This book explores two questions: who were the men aboard the Miss Ally, and why were they battered and sunk by a storm forecasted days in advance? By interviewing the crew’s families and friends, rescue personnel and members of the tight-knit fishing communities of Woods Harbour and Cape Subtle Island, Quentin Casey pieces together the tragic sinking and weaves in the back-stories of the crew that went missing and the lingering effects of their disappearance on the family.
I loved the back story. It really made the book for me.