An arctic adventure
story fueled by obsession, passion, and gothic influence, The Collector of
Lost Things is a gripping literary suspense novel.
The worlds of ocean and ice were meeting in a frontier of
rage, as if the earth had torn in two along this line. This was a place, if
there ever was a place, where you could disappear…
The year is 1845, and young researcher Eliot Saxby is paid
to go on an expedition to the Arctic in the hope of finding the remains of the
by-now-extinct Great Auk, a large flightless bird of mythical status. Eliot
joins a hunting ship, but the crew and the passengers are not what they seem.
Caught in the web of relationships on board, Eliot struggles to understand the
motivations of the sociopathic Captain Sykes; the silent first mate, French;
the flamboyant, laudanum-addicted Bletchley; and most importantly of all,
Bletchley’s beautiful but strange “cousin” Clara.
As the ship moves further and further into the wilds
of the Arctic Sea, Eliot clings to what he believes in, desperate to save Clara
but irrevocably drawn back into a past that haunts him—and a present that
confronts him with myriad dangers.
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