A freak tidal surge hitting a Welsh seaside town leaves devastation and three locals drowned. Yet when a fourth body is found in the debris it takes time for it to be identified as the respected Oxford writer Sara Meredith. A celebrity, an icon to an entire generation – what was she doing in such an unlikely place? And how had it ended in her death?
'Gee Williams' prose style calls to mind a somewhat unlikely hybrid between James Joyce and Martin Amis. First person, unreliable, not-quite-murder-mystery [...] And in Williams' hands, Rhyl, the book's setting becomes a noir-ish, too-bright-early-technicolour otherworld [...] much like fellow Welsh author Jo Mazelis' recent work Significance, Desire Line is a work of great philosophical depth and profundity masquerading as a murder mystery. And like that book it leaves you both disorientated and yet somehow awoken. A must read.' - John Lavin, The Welsh Agenda
'Mapping a complex sequence of events, alongside an exploration of the effects of trauma and loss, embodied by the tidal surge which strikes the North Wales’ coastal town, Desire Line is a thought-provoking observation of human behaviour that will draw readers in to its mysterious, and often dark, world.' - Emma Schofield, Wales Arts Review
'Williams writing is stylish, her descriptions mesmeric.' - Rachel Trezise
'It is a work that understands ourselves and is so eloquently written it would be a wave of disappointment should you forego the wonderful experience it brings.'
- Maddy McGlynn, New Welsh Review