The Wave by Kristen Crusoe

Book Genre Block - "General Fiction" Person holding book
Book Cover The Wave with large wave
Book Genre Block - "Emotional" Person standing between bright earth and desolate earth

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book wrecked me a little bit. This is definitely an emotional read, and it is one that I will provide some content warnings for (see below). It is a parent’s worst nightmare and their biggest fear coming true on the page. Crusoe takes that terrifying story and brings life to it, providing character insight into the situation, and bringing the reader on a journey.

The author has truly written a beautiful story that is hard to put down. The character journeys are wonderful, and Crusoe brings so much detail and depth to them. I found this to be a quick read, and one that I didn’t want to put down. I needed to know what was going to happen.

I would recommend this to readers that enjoy emotional storylines with character-driven stories!

Content Warnings:

Child death, suicide attempt.

Where to Find This Book:

Amazon ~ Goodreads


It should have been a relaxing day at the beach for Dr. Clair Mercer and her family. But an argument with husband Adam distracts her from watching their four-year-old autistic son, and tragedy strikes when a sneaker wave sweeps him away. Clair’s well-ordered life is plunged into madness, and after attempting to murder her husband, she walks into the ocean. Arrested, charged, and awaiting trial on a locked psychiatric unit, can she discover a path to forgiveness, for herself and the husband she tried to kill? The Wave is a beautifully-written debut novel that explores the emotional complexity of family life and how suffering, self-realization, and the power of love can heal even the most wounded bonds of trust.

Just the Facts:

The Wave by Kristen Crusoe
Page Count: 288 pages
Publisher: RedDoor Press
Pub Date: June 1, 2021

The Wave is Kristen’s first novel. She studied Dance and Literature, and spent her early career as a dance teacher, performer, and choreographer before becoming a nurse. She obtained a master’s degree in nursing, working in psychiatry and palliative care. The Wave was inspired by her own pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. She has taken several writing courses through Faber Academy, Curtis Brown Creative, and Professional Writing Academy. Kristen lives on the Oregon Coast with her family. 

Author Links:
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I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

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