Mystery Reviews  

Voices in the Sand
by Anne Underwood Grant
Silver Dagger Mysteries, 2000
ISBN: 1-57072-141-6

The novel Voices in the Sand by Anne Underwood Grant is written in the first person, giving the story immediacy. The reader experiences the fright, the bravado, and the uncertainty of the circumstances along with the speaker.  

The speaker is Sydne Allen Teague, a divorced mother who is spending a weekend alone at the coast near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Her children are with their father, so she is free to pursue her own interests. One of those interests is fishing. She stands in the surf on the night of her arrival to catch her dinner. Sydne spent many summers at the beach throughout her youth, so she knows or remembers many of the locals. However, the two men she sees at the beach that first night are unfamiliar to her.  She will soon know much more about them.  

That evening as she walks back to her Aunt and Uncle's condo (the uncle is recently deceased) she discovers a dead man face down near the pool. She calls the police and the chief detective is another man whom she will understand later. While sunbathing the next day, Sydne hears "voices in the sand" describing how to dump a body.  

The romantic aspect of the novel enters as Sydne accidentally runs into O.C. Loud, the young man she fantasized over as a teenager. Together they try to understand the pattern of circumstances that have befallen the close-knit beach community.    

The descriptions of the coastal community are strikingly beautiful. That includes the descriptions of fish, water, trees, sand, leeches, and wind. For anyone familiar with the Carolina coast, the novel will snap mental photos of the beauty of the region. If someone is looking for a fast-paced read, laced with twists and turns, this is the book she should  take to the condo with her for an enjoyable read at the coast. 

Though this reader considers herself aware of possible shifts in the plot, she was blindsided by the twists and turns in spite of being on the lookout!!


Maris Cato
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