Being a native Floridian, I am always interested in books that are set in Florida. This is what initially attracted me to Sea Creatures. I had read mixed reviews but wanted to give it a chance and I'm glad I did.
If you're looking for fast paced, action packed literature, keep looking. This is the story of a woman who moves to Biscayne Bay, FL (aka Stiltsville, also the name of Daniel's first book), due to her husband's job. Having grown up in Miami, Georgia is excited to return. However, her marriage is strained due to her husband's job and their son, who refuses to speak. Georgia accepts a part-time job as a caregiver/courier/assistant to a reclusive artist that lives in one of the stilt houses. Unsure of what to think of him beginning to forge a relationship with her son, she continues this job while her husband is away for a work-related trip in Jacksonville. Eventually, the cause of her son's mutism is discovered and causes her whole world to turn upside down. Take this drama filled story and throw in Hurricane Andrew and you have Sea Creatures.
When I first began reading Sea Creatures, I was a little disappointed by the slow pace but around half way through it, I began to realize that the story was taking its time to unfold itself gradually. It reminded me of a delicious meal. Rather than consume it quickly, I enjoyed taking it in slowly and enjoying each bite. Having read the book, I look back and appreciate this. Many people stated in their reviews that they found the book to be "slow" and "boring" and while I understand why some would say this, I would disagree somewhat. If you step back and just become an observer, Sea Creatures turns out to be a beautifully tragic novel. If you rush it and get upset at the pacing, you will be disappointed.
Daniel does a wonderful job at capturing the raw emotion associated with each character, drawing the reader in to become personally connected with the protagonist and the struggle she is experiencing. South Florida simply adds a beautiful, serene backdrop to this story, and is a good reason why the book works so well.
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