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Waves Break (on Unknown Shores)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  20 reviews

Past events cast shadows you can't outrun. Wayne and Phil knew that better than anyone, after Stevie died, way back when they were children. A pebble dropped in a pool. Ripples spreading outwards. Who knew where they would end?

Kindle Edition, 269 pages
Published August 16th 2019 by Bleaknorth Publishing
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Emily Weatherburn
You can find my original review of this book on my blog.

Whenever I read a thriller, I want it to feel real. I want the plot to sound plausible, and I want the characters to be believable—and, well, if there’s one thing I can say about Barry Litherland’s Waves Break (on Unkown Shores), it’s that it feels very real.

The story is as much about the past as it is about the present; it focusses on journalist Phil Tyler, who has a very unlikely friendship with a man called Wayne. The two have been close
Amy Buckle / Amy's Bookshelf
Waves Break (on Unknown Shores) is a bildungsroman novel which flips between the past and present to show how the protagonist, Phil, has managed to end up with a friend like Wayne. Tied together by a childhood trauma, ever since then, Wayne has been like an unwanted shadow following Phil. Now adults, Phil feels an obligation to keep Wayne on his feet and the two of them are determined to keep the past behind them. However, that becomes difficult when Wayne is accused of a burglary he says he was ...more
Greg McLaughlin
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read several novels by Barry Litherland and he always brings something new, fresh and exhilarating to each of his works.

Wave Break (on Unknown Shores) was the first of his novels that I discovered and I am so pleased that I found this amazingly gifted writer. He possesses that rare combination of exceptional mood, tone and description, combined with memorable characters that are real, flawed, authentic and endearing and a spot-on sense of plot that keeps the reader engaged, engrossed and a
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I would like to thank and the publisher for an ARC copy of this book

This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I am sure that it won’t be my last.

Phil and Wayne share a bond of friendship that was forged through the loss of a mutual childhood friend. Twenty years have passed, and Wayne’s troubled brother Tyrone returns, stirring up memories from the past and exposing them to danger. In this fast-paced thriller, Litherland combines well-fleshed out cha
John Liebert
I have read all his books to date, because I study his style and structure. I admire him, because he is such a great craftsman and master of suspense and mystery. I think he self publishes, but he certainly could earn profits for any house. He is that good a writer.
Jonnathan Strawthorne
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the story. Well developed throughout. Great ending as well. Loved it! The twists and turns kept me engaged and turning the pages.
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You’re Defined by the Company You Keep

➡️ People are a Product of Their Experiences
“...reputations can be tarnished by the flimsiest of unfortunate associations.” In this book, readers will encounter detention centers, cigarette burns, implied acts of animal cruelty, burglaries, theft allegations, and unwilling corroborators (when friends suddenly find themselves ‘guilty by association’). Volatile confrontations and mischievous smiles, suspects, alibis, and incriminating evidence abound.

Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
No es que sea una mala novela, pero a mi no me ha gustado. Es muy simple para mi gusto, y muy predecible.
Marian The Book Eater
Had some comedy moments but I found the story a little flat. I’m sure others will like it, but it didn’t draw me in.
Ana TM
Aug 27, 2020 rated it liked it
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Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Waves Break  (On unknown Shores) was my first book by Barry Litherland, but will definitely not be the last.

The book is really well written. The writing style felt very simple and  uncomplicated, which I thought was spot on for the plot. The plot it self was fast paced, and it had me gripped from start to finish. As the plot progresses a few surprise twists happen, which I really wasn’t expecting.

The author has done a brilliant job in creating such realistic and interesting characters. I really
Brittanny Davis
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to use the following remark for my review: This reminded me greatly of Stephen King's "It" - the boys going to and from childhood and adulthood days, linked by trauma. (My favorite book by King, no less). Litherland delivered those innocent childhood remembrances expertly. His characters were dynamic - young and adult - drawn to order. There is a good deal of sarcasm and wit that the reader can appreciate in Phil, a part of his character. And the use of description and metaphors are del ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first of three Litherland books I've had the pleasure to experience. I remember quite lucidly the process of reading it, how the story got its meat hooks in me right away, and the giddiness I felt at knowing I'd discovered a proficient, polished author on a beta-reading site for amateurs. This book has every shot of going mainstream and making Litherland a household name, at least among literate crime junkies who love a well-crafted story. Reliable sources have also whispered to me that a fu ...more
R.B. Shifman
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So great it's criminal!

If you told me Barry Litherland was publishing more crime/thriller books, I would pay for each and every one of them--maybe twice. That's how good this mystery/crime drama is. It's all FANTASTIC! --the character development, the crisp and descriptive writing, the way he weaves elements from characters' pasts with what's happening in the present, the pace of the story, the way the mystery unravels and reveals, the incisive laugh-out-loud humor--ALL of it. I loved this book!
H.R. Kemp
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great read, I was hooked from the start and couldn't put it down. This is an expertly crafted thriller. It's fast paced, builds tension and suspense and delivers a few surprises. The author seamlessly interweaves the threads of a past mystery into the fabric of the contemporary plot. It keeps you guessing.
It's well written, has great characters and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend it.
Nicky Elliott
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing read, hooked from beginning to end. Particularly love this
authors skill at creating a complete image in the readers head of each
character he introduces and how they relate to each other. Great
storyline which not only keeps you guessing about the present crime
but also arouses intrigue with hints of something sinister from the
past of the main characters, effortlessly intertwining the two. A must
read for thriller lovers.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A V good read. To be honest, I only intended reading the first few chapters, but quickly got hooked and thoroughly enjoyed the read. I loved the simple uncomplicated writing style. The inclusion of humour (well I found parts of it funny!) is not an easy thing to do but in my humble opinion, the author does it very well.

I wish him well.

Nathan Love
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely fantastic read! Only meant to read the first chapter, but found myself hooked and couldn't put it down! Good pace throughout, very believable characters, an all round, jolly good book! First of a series maybe? ...more
Katy Nicholas
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very easy read with regards to language and flow. Keeps you hooked till the end.
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