Roxanne Bouchard: The Coral Bride

Today I’m delighted to be sharing my review of The Coral Bride. It’s written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and to Orenda Books for my copy of the book.


When an abandoned lobster trawler is found adrift off the coast of Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula, DS Joaquin Moralès begins a straightforward search for the boat’s missing captain, Angel Roberts – a rare female in a male-dominated world. But Moralès finds himself blocked at every turn – by his police colleagues, by fisheries bureaucrats, and by his grown-up son, who has turned up at his door with a host of his own personal problems.

When Angel’s body is finally discovered, it’s clear something very sinister is afoot, and Moralès and son are pulled into murky, dangerous waters, where old resentments run deep.

Exquisitely written, with Bouchard’s trademark lyrical prose, The Coral Bride evokes the power of the sea on the communities who depend on it, the never-ending struggle between the generations, and an extraordinary mystery at the heart of both.


We Were The Salt Of The Sea was one of my favourite books of 2019 so I was really excited to have the opportunity to read Bouchard’s second novel. Once again, her writing is wonderfully descriptive and I was mesmerised by her brilliant use of language. I was immediately transported to the sea and the author’s research and knowledge of the sea and fishing practices really helps to bring it to life and keep me really engaged.

The Coral Bride reintroduces the reader to Joaquin Morales and I was very pleased to catch up with him and learn more about him. I really enjoyed seeing how his relationships with his son and his colleagues would develop.

Throughout the novel, Bouchard introduces us to several characters who are suspected of Angel’s murder. I loved the dynamics between them and enjoyed trying to work out what had happened and what their motives might be. I was engaged until the very end as I was intrigued to know how the plot would be resolved.

The Coral Bride is available from Amazon.

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