In the Midst of the Sea

In the Midst of the Sea

by Sean Padraic McCarthy


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Trapped in an isolated old house on Martha’s Vineyard in winter, Diana Barlow is either seeing ghosts or losing her mind …

After an estrangement from her parents, Diana came to Martha’s Vineyard to start a new life with her husband Ford and young daughter Samantha. The beautiful Victorian house that Ford inherited seemed the perfect home for a fresh beginning. But in the winter, when the tourists go home and the island is deserted, Diana is afraid she’s going crazy. Specters of people long dead flicker in and out of her vision. The antique dolls in her house never stay where they’re put. Samantha suddenly has a whole group of imaginary friends who live in the house and tell her terrible things. And Ford is becoming increasingly moody, unpredictable, and violent.

While Diana investigates the horrifying history of the house, the past, the present, the living and the dead fatally intertwine, and Diana realizes she and her daughter must escape — if Ford and the house will let her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610353342
Publisher: Linden Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 335,218
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sean Padraic McCarthy's short stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, The Hopkins Review, Prole, Supernatural Tales, The Indianola Review, South Dakota Review, The Sewanee Review, 2 Bridges Review, Water~Stone Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Shadowgraph Magazine, Fifth Wednesday Journal , and South Dakota Review. McCarthy's story “Better Man”—originally published in december magazine —was listed as a “Distinguished Story” in The Best American Short Stories 2015. He is a ten-time Top 25 Finalist in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open Award, and a 2016 recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Artist Fellowship in Fiction Award. In the Midst of the Sea is McCarthy's first novel. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts.

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In the Midst of the Sea 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DKatz 6 months ago
In the Midst of the Sea is a gripping, haunting novel. Sean McCarthy's skill as a talented storyteller is evident as he seamlessly brings the reader on a dark and spooky journey spanning the past and present and good and evil, as the lives of two women connect. The strong descriptive language throughout the book allows the reader to easily visualize the Vineyard and the characters, rooting for some and cringing with the dysfunction of others. This creates a story that stays with you long after you finish reading. I would definitely recommend this book!
Anonymous 11 months ago
In The Midst Of The Sea was an amazing story! I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't put it down. McCarthy’s writing makes you feel like you are on the Vineyard. The story pulls you into the lives of the characters and the Island.