Book Review: “The House at Sea’s End”

The House at Sea’s End (Ruth Galloway #3), Elly Griffiths
originally published: 10 January 2012 (I read a review copy)
finished: 11 November 2011


The third in Ruth Galloway book is a wonderful addition to the series. There are several things I love about these books: the setting (bleak English coast), Ruth’s job (forensic anthropology), and the characters. They are regular human beings – no one is a super hero – they could be the people you see on the bus every morning, just going about their lives.


In this installment, Ruth is back from maternity leave and is juggling her feelings about new motherhood with going back to teaching and catching a new case. Griffiths neatly ties what’s going on to a previous point in Ruth’s past – giving us a little insight into Ruth’s present. I found the story line that ties back to World War II very interesting. Clearly the war is still on the minds of many Brits – much more than for Americans. There are some twists and turns, and I can never figure out who the criminal is, but it was a good ride.


Griffiths is getting better and better at telling her stories. While I object to the way she constantly lets us know that Ruth is fat and feels badly about it, it’s clear that she does care about her main character. The other characters are developing as well. I hope Cathbad continues to show up, he’s great comic relief in his flowing cape. Well worth the time spent reading and I’m looking forward to Ruth’s next adventure.

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