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Fiction Nature & The Environment


A Novel

by (author) Lisa Brideau

Initial publish date
May 2023
Nature & the Environment
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    Publish Date
    May 2023
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"Crackles with urgency and humanity...a book made to meet the moment. A must read." —Katie Lattari, author of Dark Things I Adore

For fans of The Last Thing He Told Me comes a page-turning thriller about hidden identities and the terrifying realities of climate change.

The truth won't always set you free...

Ess wakes up alone on a sailboat in the remote Pacific Northwest with no memory of who she is or how she got there. She finds a note, but it's more warning than comfort: Start over. Don't make yourself known. Don't look back.

Ess must have answers. She sails over a turbulent ocean to a town hundreds of miles away that, she hopes, might offer insight. The chilling clues she uncovers point to a desperate attempt at erasing her former life. But why? And someone is watching her…someone who knows she must never learn her truth.

In Ess's world, the earth is precariously balanced at a climate tipping point, and she is perched at the edge of a choice: which life does she want? The one taken from her—and the dangerous secret that was buried—or the new one she can make for herself?

A galvanizing riddle that is just as unmooring as it seems, this sharp character-driven odyssey explores a future challenged by our quickly changing world and the choices we must make to save what matters most.

About the author

Contributor Notes

A former aerospace engineer, LISA BRIDEAU has a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of British Columbia and works at the intersection of municipal climate change policy and equity as a sustainability specialist. Recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts grant, Brideau lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Editorial Reviews

"An eloquent, intelligent thriller with a truly scary message about a planet in crisis." — Eliza Jane Brazier, author of If I Disappear and Good Rich People

"A terrific enjoyable and intriguing read. If this story is any indication of what is to come from [Lisa Brideau], then please sign me up for her next release." — BookReporter

"Fast-paced, riveting...a great read." — Booklist

"It's rare for a book to be a taut page-turning thriller and also be the kind of story that makes you think about the nature of self, but Lisa Brideau has managed to do just that. Full of apocalyptic tension, tempered by warm human connection, this is a book that will stay in my memory for life." — Marissa Levien, author of The World Gives Way

"A prescient, intelligent thriller. In a future world reckoning with having woefully mismanaged the climate crisis, dozens of migrants turn to forgetting their memories, and their whole selves, to escape bitter reality. With writing that is propulsive and deep, Brideau expertly writes to an apex that chills the reader even as it offers glimpses of redemption." — Saeed Teebi, author of Her First Palestinian

"A marvelously inventive page-turner that marks Brideau as a legitimate rising star." — Owen Laukkanen, author of Deception Cover

"Crackles with urgency and humanity…a book made to meet the moment. A must read." — Katie Lattari, author of Dark Things I Adore

"[The] real focus in this gripping psychological thriller isn’t the heroine’s memory; it’s her instinct for survival in a world that is collapsing around her...this is, in many ways, a very scary book." — Globe & Mail

"The setting offers a stark glimpse of a possible future and the politics of climate displacement. Readers will root for Ess as she battles Mother Nature and herself in a quest for answers... Give this one to suspense readers eager for a different kind of thriller, as well as fans of survival fiction." — Library Journal

"One of our highlights of the year." — Globe & Mail

"A fascinating and compelling debut with a hard-hitting message that'll leave you thinking long after the final page. Lisa Brideau spins a dark mystery set against the terrifying reality of our climate-affected future. Adrift is an absolute must read." — Sara Ochs, authors of The Resort

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