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Washed Ashore ❰Reading❯ ➿ Washed Ashore Author Kerr Thomson – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk On a wild Scottish island a tragedy washes up on the storm beaten shore the bodies of a whale and a man Fraser desperate for adventure and Hayley visiting from Texas become tangled in the mysteryBut F On a wild Scottish island a tragedy washes up on the storm beaten shore the bodies of a whale and a man Fraser desperate for adventure and Hayley visiting from Texas become tangled in the mysteryBut Fraser's younger brother Dunny is distraught by the discovery He hasn't spoken in years and lately he's been acting strangely than everTogether the three meet a man living in the abandoned caves nearby They start to wonder if he might lie at the center of something darker than they had previously thought For the whispering sea conceals a terrible secret and to discover the truth one of them must learn to listen.


10 thoughts on “Washed Ashore

  1. Blake Norby Blake Norby says:

    Oh how I hated this stupid book It took me forever to read it and I would have abandoned it if I didn't have to review it This is not my official review because I do think there is a small market for this kind of drivel but I am not that audience I found the teenage girl voice whiny and superficial in a very ungenuine way Clearly some adult thinks this is what entitled brats think and say in their heads sometimes I just like to annoy my mom on purpose Give me a break And what's up with all the overly forced suspense that was just very not suspenseful The book is about a dead body washing up on the shore of a weird lonely Scottish island How do you make that so incredibly boring??? Maybe we can talk about whales way too much with absolutely no interesting fun facts provided Or maybe we can make the bad guy very predictable Or maybe we can use alternate voices each chapter even though they sound identical except one is whining about whales and one is whining about her mom And then at the end how about let's throw in some random Scottish folklore magic stuff that makes just so much sense Hated this book


  2. Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries) Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries) says:

    See of my reviews on The YA Kitten My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher for reviewSo I’m right in the middle of a big reading slump It’s rare that I want to read lately Instead I’d rather play video games–and though someone could say it’s because I’ve been absorbed with the new Pokemon game that just came out it had already been happening even before the game’s release I’ve also been doing puzzles on my phone because I looooooove puzzles I think I just need a really really good book to kick me in the pants but Washed Ashore was not that book At allThe ableism baked into the worldbuilding was a massive problem so we’re gonna talk about that first According to the novel gairmies are people on the Scottish island of Nin who can speak to and summon whales Willie McGregor an old man who lives on the island tells our fourteen year old male lead Fraser about how gairmies were boons to the island’s whaling industry in the past but gairmies were “usually a bit peculiar” on land Willie then presents the example of a man who always found whales in the water but uncontrollably sweared at people when on land Fraser’s brother Dunny has autism and it turns out Dunny is a gairmie tooSo yeah neurological disorders mental illnesses and developmental disorders are explicitly tied to one’s ability to summon whales The book carries the implication that something must be “wrong” with a person’s brain to connect to the whales in such a way Its Othering of people who live with these conditions is both vomitously disgusting and poor worldbuildingOh and Tourette’s is reduced to “swearing but you can’t help it” like that’s the only way the neurological disorder ever shows in people How reductiveOH OH and this is the single vaguely paranormal bit in a novel that’s otherwise a straight contemporary about two kids who meet a man named Jonah who’s fled Lesotho via human trafficking and wants to get to London so he can find his brother The gairmie nonsense feels out of place when considering the book as a wholeOur main characters Fraser and Hayley are as thin as thin gets and the portrayal of Dunny’s autism in conjunction with the ableist worldbuilding above isn’t particularly flattering The Jonah plotline is the only thing in the novel with any potential or good points but it manages to feel out of touch as well considering the refugee crisis that’s been going on in Europe for the past few years Millions of people like Jonah have risked their lives trying to get to Europe but he feels secondary in the book when he absolutely is notFrankly the only reason I finished reading the book instead of abandoning it for something better was to tell people about the ableist worldbuilding For that I felt I needed the context of the entire book Try Shannon Gibney’s Dream Country instead if you want a novel featuring refugees and the desperate desire for both freedom and a better life


  3. Bookread2day Bookread2day says:

    The reason I wanted to read The Sound of Whales is one that I love to explore to new authors and for two I live not far from the coast three being that when I was young I used to go Scotland for my holiday I can see why the author Kerr Thomson was the winner of the Times children's fiction prize 2014 While reading The Sound of Whales where the descriptions of the scenery and the ripple effects of sounds it makes you feel like you are right there in the action of the sea Kerr Thomson knows how to keep his audience interested Fraser has never taken a boat to sea in a storm before but he never let Ben know that In the wind Fraser was certain he had heard something in the water But Ben thought that no one was there Maybe Fraser had imagined it? I am keeping a tight lid on what happens next This is a magical wild adventure wholly different from all the other books that I have read The story examines the idea of the natural world rising against a cruel humanity whales versus human traffickers It explores the ability of communicating with animals a subject of enduring fascination for children We encounter important themes through Dunny's character with mild autism and his inspirational struggle to communicate and overcome his fears With this touching and emotive tale of friendship and hidden strengths I look forward to Kerr Thomson next magical adventure


  4. Jaina Rose Jaina Rose says:

    This review is also available on my blog Read Till Dawn Washed Ashore showed up unsolicited on my doorstep one day I picked it up shrugged and read it with basically no expectations about the story except that there would probably be a whale involvedNow that I think about it it's good that I didn't read the description too closely because it basically has nothing to do with the actual story I mean the bare bones idea of the bodies washed ashore and Fraser Hayley and Dunny's presence in the story is right but I'm still not sure who the synopsis is talking about what it says that one of them must learn to listen I have inklings but no firm ideaAnyway moving on What did I think of the book? I thought it was pretty good I think it's awesome that it's set in Scotland and written by a guy who lives in Glasgow because I'm actually moving to Scotland in a few months to attend college in the essentially small fishing town of St Andrews Scotland My copy of Washed Ashore actually came before I'd made my final decision to go there and then I read it soon after the decision was made That's a pretty cool coincidence I like getting a peek at what life is like on the small Scottish isles definitely Though I have to say that I struggled to connect with Hayley at first–I just couldn't believe that there was no part of her that could stop moping about leaving home long enough to look around and appreciate the fact that she was living among the natives on a beautiful little island in gorgeous freaking Scotland Honestly travel is simply wasted on some people The only time she ever seems to acknowledge the other ness of Scotland besides one time when she notices that the shoreline looks kind of nice is when she's referring to Fraser as the Scottish boy This phrase is thrown around almost constantly throughout the book and from context I think it's basically supposed to have the same connotations as the boy next door ie the boy we've put a special label on and who will eventually be a love interest for the female protagonist Meh Both of these phrases really don't tell us anything about the boy in uestion so I don't really like themAnyway the romance plotline is actually handled uite well and I enjoyed watching how all the characters interacted with each other My favorite character may have been Dunny who is autistic though the way Thomson chose to incorporate that into the plot was interesting just because he seems really sweet and Hayley and Fraser aren't all that nice to or understanding with him I also felt for Hayley who is struggling big time with her parents' separation and upcoming divorce after her father left them for another woman and I'm rather horrified about what her mother almost does while on rebound I liked Fraser least of the three main characters just because he has the most advantages–knowing everythingeveryone on the island unlike Hayley and being able to communicate with other people in a way that Dunny can't–and yet is still such a jerk at times to both of them He's especially thoughtless with Dunny which is hard to see Fraser does grow on me thoughAs for the plot itself I can't discuss much without spoilers There are some interesting themes explored that's for sure I can't say that I love the way everything ends up–it's a little too mystical for my tastes–but I suppose that could just be part of the Scottish culture There are some interesting ethical dilemmas brought up in connection with immigration and the like which really got me thinking I can't go much into this here so I suppose I'll just say that I don't blame immigrants for fleeing hopeless situations but I also think countries should have the right to decide who they admit into their bordersAnyway though Washed Ashore was a pleasant book that I enjoyed reading but which didn't blow my socks off It would make a perfect summer read for any of you still looking for something to pass the time with in the next few weeksDisclaimer I received an unsolicited complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher


  5. Linda Layne Linda Layne says:

    I could have read this book in 2 days had I chosen But Washed Ashore is one of those books that you want to last as long as possible because you know the next book by the author has not yet been written So you want the experience to last as long as possible Mr Thomson never fails to please in his work His characters are not only interesting but completely believable and the dialogue is right on the mark You can actually see teens saying the words he has written Washed Ashore is exciting moving and keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to determine what is going to happen next He manages to include the wonders of animals the beauty of nature and the importance of taking care of the planet and the creatures who reside here We all play an important role it is not just about us


  6. Amy Amy says:

    I received this book free from Goodreads awhile ago and finally had a chance to read it I didn't realize this was a book for teens It was still a good book and probably an even better book for 12 15 year oldsI would classify this as suspensemystery The story takes place on a small island near Scotland The main characters are a teen boy and his mute younger brother a teen girl American who is visiting the island while her mother does research for a book a marine biologist who studies whales and a man hiding in a cave As the title and cover suggest there has been a whale and a body that have washed ashore Why are there suddenly whales so close to the island? And where did the body come from?


  7. Haileyreads Haileyreads says:

    I received this from a Goodreads giveaway for and honest review I didn't really connect with any of the characters I also REALLY disliked how they handled the autistic character The Scotland setting was nice I haven't read a lot of books based in Scotland so that was interesting But that was probably the only I did like about the book


  8. Ellena. deen Ellena. deen says:

    its such a great book i personaly love this book because I love mysterys ecpecally when it envolves a murder the way they need to listen to the oceans side of the story and the shocks some people think its boring by looiking at the cover but if you read it you really get drawn into it so i reccomed tjis book a lot


  9. Ramona Ramona says:

    I couldn't put this down Intriguing take on the worldwide problem of human trafficking they way the people are used to transport drugs etc A nice change from the normal format depicting teens dating and family relationships I was fascinated by the younger brother's talent for calling the whales This is something I had not read about before and now I have research to do on this topic


  10. Karin Rodgers Karin Rodgers says:

    Even though this book is aimed at teens I absolutely got lost in the story It's set in the west of Scotland where my family is from and the author does a great job of describing the landscape atmosphere and people of a little western Island It was a lovely little holiday read and I'll be looking for books from the same author


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10 thoughts on “Washed Ashore

  1. Blake Norby Blake Norby says:

    Oh how I hated this stupid book It took me forever to read it and I would have abandoned it if I didn't have to review it This is not my official review because I do think there is a small market for this kind of drivel but I am not that audience I found the teenage girl voice whiny and superficial in a very ungenuine way Clearly some adult thinks this is what entitled brats think and say in their heads sometimes I just like to annoy my mom on purpose Give me a break And what's up with all the overly forced suspense that was just very not suspenseful The book is about a dead body washing up on the shore of a weird lonely Scottish island How do you make that so incredibly boring??? Maybe we can talk about whales way too much with absolutely no interesting fun facts provided Or maybe we can make the bad guy very predictable Or maybe we can use alternate voices each chapter even though they sound identical except one is whining about whales and one is whining about her mom And then at the end how about let's throw in some random Scottish folklore magic stuff that makes just so much sense Hated this book

  2. Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries) Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries) says:

    See of my reviews on The YA Kitten My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher for reviewSo I’m right in the middle of a big reading slump It’s rare that I want to read lately Instead I’d rather play video games–and though someone could say it’s because I’ve been absorbed with the new Pokemon game that just came out it had already been happening even before the game’s release I’ve also been doing puzzles on my phone because I looooooove puzzles I think I just need a really really good book to kick me in the pants but Washed Ashore was not that book At allThe ableism baked into the worldbuilding was a massive problem so we’re gonna talk about that first According to the novel gairmies are people on the Scottish island of Nin who can speak to and summon whales Willie McGregor an old man who lives on the island tells our fourteen year old male lead Fraser about how gairmies were boons to the island’s whaling industry in the past but gairmies were “usually a bit peculiar” on land Willie then presents the example of a man who always found whales in the water but uncontrollably sweared at people when on land Fraser’s brother Dunny has autism and it turns out Dunny is a gairmie tooSo yeah neurological disorders mental illnesses and developmental disorders are explicitly tied to one’s ability to summon whales The book carries the implication that something must be “wrong” with a person’s brain to connect to the whales in such a way Its Othering of people who live with these conditions is both vomitously disgusting and poor worldbuildingOh and Tourette’s is reduced to “swearing but you can’t help it” like that’s the only way the neurological disorder ever shows in people How reductiveOH OH and this is the single vaguely paranormal bit in a novel that’s otherwise a straight contemporary about two kids who meet a man named Jonah who’s fled Lesotho via human trafficking and wants to get to London so he can find his brother The gairmie nonsense feels out of place when considering the book as a wholeOur main characters Fraser and Hayley are as thin as thin gets and the portrayal of Dunny’s autism in conjunction with the ableist worldbuilding above isn’t particularly flattering The Jonah plotline is the only thing in the novel with any potential or good points but it manages to feel out of touch as well considering the refugee crisis that’s been going on in Europe for the past few years Millions of people like Jonah have risked their lives trying to get to Europe but he feels secondary in the book when he absolutely is notFrankly the only reason I finished reading the book instead of abandoning it for something better was to tell people about the ableist worldbuilding For that I felt I needed the context of the entire book Try Shannon Gibney’s Dream Country instead if you want a novel featuring refugees and the desperate desire for both freedom and a better life

  3. Bookread2day Bookread2day says:

    The reason I wanted to read The Sound of Whales is one that I love to explore to new authors and for two I live not far from the coast three being that when I was young I used to go Scotland for my holiday I can see why the author Kerr Thomson was the winner of the Times children's fiction prize 2014 While reading The Sound of Whales where the descriptions of the scenery and the ripple effects of sounds it makes you feel like you are right there in the action of the sea Kerr Thomson knows how to keep his audience interested Fraser has never taken a boat to sea in a storm before but he never let Ben know that In the wind Fraser was certain he had heard something in the water But Ben thought that no one was there Maybe Fraser had imagined it? I am keeping a tight lid on what happens next This is a magical wild adventure wholly different from all the other books that I have read The story examines the idea of the natural world rising against a cruel humanity whales versus human traffickers It explores the ability of communicating with animals a subject of enduring fascination for children We encounter important themes through Dunny's character with mild autism and his inspirational struggle to communicate and overcome his fears With this touching and emotive tale of friendship and hidden strengths I look forward to Kerr Thomson next magical adventure

  4. Jaina Rose Jaina Rose says:

    This review is also available on my blog Read Till Dawn Washed Ashore showed up unsolicited on my doorstep one day I picked it up shrugged and read it with basically no expectations about the story except that there would probably be a whale involvedNow that I think about it it's good that I didn't read the description too closely because it basically has nothing to do with the actual story I mean the bare bones idea of the bodies washed ashore and Fraser Hayley and Dunny's presence in the story is right but I'm still not sure who the synopsis is talking about what it says that one of them must learn to listen I have inklings but no firm ideaAnyway moving on What did I think of the book? I thought it was pretty good I think it's awesome that it's set in Scotland and written by a guy who lives in Glasgow because I'm actually moving to Scotland in a few months to attend college in the essentially small fishing town of St Andrews Scotland My copy of Washed Ashore actually came before I'd made my final decision to go there and then I read it soon after the decision was made That's a pretty cool coincidence I like getting a peek at what life is like on the small Scottish isles definitely Though I have to say that I struggled to connect with Hayley at first–I just couldn't believe that there was no part of her that could stop moping about leaving home long enough to look around and appreciate the fact that she was living among the natives on a beautiful little island in gorgeous freaking Scotland Honestly travel is simply wasted on some people The only time she ever seems to acknowledge the other ness of Scotland besides one time when she notices that the shoreline looks kind of nice is when she's referring to Fraser as the Scottish boy This phrase is thrown around almost constantly throughout the book and from context I think it's basically supposed to have the same connotations as the boy next door ie the boy we've put a special label on and who will eventually be a love interest for the female protagonist Meh Both of these phrases really don't tell us anything about the boy in uestion so I don't really like themAnyway the romance plotline is actually handled uite well and I enjoyed watching how all the characters interacted with each other My favorite character may have been Dunny who is autistic though the way Thomson chose to incorporate that into the plot was interesting just because he seems really sweet and Hayley and Fraser aren't all that nice to or understanding with him I also felt for Hayley who is struggling big time with her parents' separation and upcoming divorce after her father left them for another woman and I'm rather horrified about what her mother almost does while on rebound I liked Fraser least of the three main characters just because he has the most advantages–knowing everythingeveryone on the island unlike Hayley and being able to communicate with other people in a way that Dunny can't–and yet is still such a jerk at times to both of them He's especially thoughtless with Dunny which is hard to see Fraser does grow on me thoughAs for the plot itself I can't discuss much without spoilers There are some interesting themes explored that's for sure I can't say that I love the way everything ends up–it's a little too mystical for my tastes–but I suppose that could just be part of the Scottish culture There are some interesting ethical dilemmas brought up in connection with immigration and the like which really got me thinking I can't go much into this here so I suppose I'll just say that I don't blame immigrants for fleeing hopeless situations but I also think countries should have the right to decide who they admit into their bordersAnyway though Washed Ashore was a pleasant book that I enjoyed reading but which didn't blow my socks off It would make a perfect summer read for any of you still looking for something to pass the time with in the next few weeksDisclaimer I received an unsolicited complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher

  5. Linda Layne Linda Layne says:

    I could have read this book in 2 days had I chosen But Washed Ashore is one of those books that you want to last as long as possible because you know the next book by the author has not yet been written So you want the experience to last as long as possible Mr Thomson never fails to please in his work His characters are not only interesting but completely believable and the dialogue is right on the mark You can actually see teens saying the words he has written Washed Ashore is exciting moving and keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to determine what is going to happen next He manages to include the wonders of animals the beauty of nature and the importance of taking care of the planet and the creatures who reside here We all play an important role it is not just about us

  6. Amy Amy says:

    I received this book free from Goodreads awhile ago and finally had a chance to read it I didn't realize this was a book for teens It was still a good book and probably an even better book for 12 15 year oldsI would classify this as suspensemystery The story takes place on a small island near Scotland The main characters are a teen boy and his mute younger brother a teen girl American who is visiting the island while her mother does research for a book a marine biologist who studies whales and a man hiding in a cave As the title and cover suggest there has been a whale and a body that have washed ashore Why are there suddenly whales so close to the island? And where did the body come from?

  7. Haileyreads Haileyreads says:

    I received this from a Goodreads giveaway for and honest review I didn't really connect with any of the characters I also REALLY disliked how they handled the autistic character The Scotland setting was nice I haven't read a lot of books based in Scotland so that was interesting But that was probably the only I did like about the book

  8. Ellena. deen Ellena. deen says:

    its such a great book i personaly love this book because I love mysterys ecpecally when it envolves a murder the way they need to listen to the oceans side of the story and the shocks some people think its boring by looiking at the cover but if you read it you really get drawn into it so i reccomed tjis book a lot

  9. Ramona Ramona says:

    I couldn't put this down Intriguing take on the worldwide problem of human trafficking they way the people are used to transport drugs etc A nice change from the normal format depicting teens dating and family relationships I was fascinated by the younger brother's talent for calling the whales This is something I had not read about before and now I have research to do on this topic

  10. Karin Rodgers Karin Rodgers says:

    Even though this book is aimed at teens I absolutely got lost in the story It's set in the west of Scotland where my family is from and the author does a great job of describing the landscape atmosphere and people of a little western Island It was a lovely little holiday read and I'll be looking for books from the same author

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