In this second edition of Abigail Harker’s story, which takes place on Chapel Isle, a small island off the Outer Banks of North Carolina, it is almost a year since Abigail relocated to this idyllic site by the sea. She spent most of her time fixing up the run-down lighthouse keeper’s cottage she is renting and immersing herself in trashy novels on loan from her landlady, Lottie. Though a lover of words and once employed as a lexicographer, Abigail left all that was familiar after losing her husband and son in a house fire.
On a visit with her friend, Ruth, a waitress at the Kozy Kettle restaurant she meets Tim, a vacationer on the island. Ruth, and Merle, owner of the local hardware store have been trying to get Abigail out of the house and involved with people, so she decides to accept Tim’s invitation to dinner, though it is against her better judgment.
When the topic arises regarding a sunken ship off the coast that supposedly contains a fortune, Abigail learns of a map allegedly hidden in her cottage giving the exact location of the vessel. She also discovers someone broke into her home during her absence. Frightened and angry, Abigail determines to unearth the so-called map as well as find whoever is intent on attaining it.
In the meantime, Lottie hires Abigail to be her “gopher” to check out rentals in need of repairs. Away from home more than she would like to be, Abigail rigs her place with booby traps to thwart any intruder. Along with unusual happenings at the cottage, mysterious fires erupt around the island, causing Abigail extreme anxiety.
This suspenseful novel, prefaced by each chapter containing an archaic word and its definition, is suspenseful and mysterious giving insight into several different characters. The reader confronts greed, angst and heartache in addition to friendship and compassion. The Definition of Wind is an enjoyable read, and Ms. Block is an author to watch.