The House in the Cerulean Sea details the journey Linus Baker embarks on when he is given a classified, mysterious assignment at Marsyas Island Orphanage. Initially, Linus is a lonely and socially isolated middle aged man. He goes to work, performs his duties to the best of his ability, and returns home to the company of his only friend and family - his cat Calliope. His life changes when he is sent to report on the inhabitants of Marsyas Island.
The main stars of this story are the children - they have varied abilities and enjoy challenging, and maybe scaring, Linus. They are a wonderful cast of characters to read about - Talia, Theodore, Phee, Sal, Chauncey and Lucy. Lucy very much enjoys pushing boundaries and stirring some of the other characters. He was my favourite character.
Naturally Linus discovers more than he expects on this journey, and finds himself a family along the way.