Roxanne Bouchard: Whisper Of The Seals

Today I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Whisper Of The Seals. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the blog tour and to Orenda Books for my copy of the book.


Fisheries officer Simone Lord is transferred to Quebec’s remote Magdalen Islands for the winter, and at the last minute ordered to go aboard a trawler braving a winter storm for the traditional grey seal hunt, while all of the other boats shelter onshore.

Detective Sergeant Joaquin Moralès is on a cross-country boat trip down the St Lawrence River, accompanied by Nadine Lauzon, a forensic psychologist working on the case of a savagely beaten teenager with Moralès’ old team in Montreal.

When it becomes clear that Simone is in grave danger aboard the trawler, the two cases converge, with startling terrifying consequences for everyone involved….


I love this author and I was really excited to see she had a new book. Whisper Of The Seals did not disappoint and Bouchard’s writing is still incredibly beautiful. Her descriptions drew me into the novel straight away and I must credit her translator for ensuring her wonderful use of language comes across in the same way to an English speaking audience. 

It was great to be back with Simone and Morales again. Although they don’t spend a great deal of time together in this novel, it is clear they are still thinking about each other. I was interested to see how their different situations in this novel would bring them together and I loved the language that Bouchard uses to describe their relationship as this helped me to understand the emotions in the story. 

The. Whisper Of The Seals is not easy to read and there are some scenes that may be upsetting for some readers, especially animal lovers. The plot involves seal hunting and whilst the scenes are not particularly graphic or gratuitous, it does make uncomfortable reading. 

It takes some time for the tension in Whisper Of The Seals to build, but when it does, it was very difficult for me to turn myself away. There is a sense of danger and I was intrigued to see how the story would end. 

Whisper Of The Seals is available from Amazon.

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