The North Water is a savage, harsh, gory, dark fiction story taking place mainly on a whaling vessel in the 19th century. Ever moving north in search of the dwindling whale population, the realities of life are hard enough for these men, never mind the serial killer/child molester hiding among them.
I listened to this on audio and the narrator John Keating was most excellent. I would love to hear more of his work in the future.
I enjoyed the hell out of this brutal story, but it's not for everyone. Be aware that Mr. McGuire takes an unflinching look at the whaling life- and it was very, very unpleasant for just about every character in the book. If you're okay with that type of thing, then I highly recommend The North Water.
*I was able to listen to this one on audio thanks to my awesome public library.*