GIVEAWAY and Book Spotlight: ‘North of Boston’ by Elisabeth Elo

There’s a brand new literary thriller that sounds amazing – NORTH OF BOSTON by Elisabeth Elo! I can’t wait to read it and if it sounds like something you’d love too, ENTER for a chance to WIN a copy from Pamela Dorman Books (Penguin/Viking).

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!! Congrats to the winner. 

Check out the summary and fascinating Q & A with author Elisabeth Elo, then leave a quick comment. All comments will be entered into the giveaway and I’ll chose one random winner on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.


Book Summary

Dennis Lehane meets Smilla’s Sense of Snow: a big discovery in the world of female suspense, about an edgy young woman with the rare ability to withstand extreme conditions

Elisabeth Elo’s debut novel introduces Pirio Kasparov, a Boston-bred tough-talking girl with an acerbic wit and a moral compass that points due north.

When the fishing boat Pirio is on is rammed by a freighter, she finds herself abandoned in the North Atlantic. Somehow, she survives nearly four hours in the water before being rescued by the Coast Guard. But the boat’s owner and her professional fisherman friend, Ned, is not so lucky.

Compelled to look after Noah, the son of the late Ned and her alcoholic prep school friend, Thomasina, Pirio can’t shake the lurking suspicion that the boat’s sinking—and Ned’s death—was no accident. It’s a suspicion seconded by her deeply cynical, autocratic Russian father, who tells her that nothing is ever what it seems. Then the navy reaches out to her to participate in research on human survival in dangerously cold temperatures.

With the help of a curious journalist named Russell Parnell, Pirio begins unraveling a lethal plot involving the glacial whaling grounds off Baffin Island. In a narrow inlet in the arctic tundra, Pirio confronts her ultimate challenge: to trust herself.

A gripping literary thriller, North of Boston combines the atmospheric chills of Jussi Adler-Olsen with the gritty mystery of Laura Lippman. And Pirio Kasparov is a gutsy, compellingly damaged heroine with many adventures ahead.

About the Author

Elisabeth Farhod Family

Elisabeth Elo grew up in Boston and went to Brown University.  She worked as an editor, an advertising copywriter, a high-tech project manager, and a halfway house counselor before getting a PhD in American Literature at Brandeis University.  Since then, she’s taught writing in the Boston area.  She lived next to the ocean for many years and now resides in Brookline, Massachusetts.

CLICK HERE for a fascinating Q & A with Elisabeth about the origins of and research for NORTH OF BOSTON.



Twitter: @ElisabethElo1

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