Pub Date: 5.3.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
“After Tova Sullivan’s husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she’s been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago.
Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn’t dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors–until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova.
Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova’s son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it’s too late.”
Book Review 🐙
“Some trees aren’t meant to sprout tender new branches, but to stand stoically on the forest floor, silently decaying.”
Oh, my heart. What a beautiful book this was! Read with Jenna has been knocking it out of the park with her latest picks, but this one is extraordinary. Who knew I would grow attached to a cantankerous octopus and the woman who cared for him.
I read this one while on vacation, and I loved it so much that I made my husband listen to it on our drive home. I loved reading the book and getting lost in the pages, but I adored the narrators as they fit perfectly with the characters. (Thank you, Harper Audio, for the gifted audiobook.) I’ve had several people as which version I prefer, and I don’t know that I can give you an answer.
Tova was a wonderful character, and I felt a deep connection to her, but I also thought Marcellus was phenomenal. I love how he spoke directly to the reader and often knew what was happening before the other characters did. I felt like he was sharing a secret with me every time I read the chapters from his perspective.
Shelby Van Pelt did an incredible job leading me along as she slowly revealed the connections between the characters. It was marvelous. Rereading it gave me an even deeper appreciation for how the author subtly laid everything out for us.
It’s the first book I’ve read in a long time that I genuinely hugged when I finished the last page. I highly recommend adding Remarkably Bright Creatures to your reading list!
Format: 368 pages, Hardback
Published: May 3, 2022 by Ecco Books
ISBN 9780063204157 (ISBN10: 0063204150)
Free review copy provided by publisher, Ecco Books , in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.