Title: Dark Tide
Author: Elizabeth J. Haynes
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Rating: 4 out of 5
Genevieve loves living on her houseboat; she enjoys the community and loves the feeling of freedom it gives her. But when she discovers a body in the water next to her boat—that of someone she knew and cared for—Genevieve knows that her old life from London has caught up with her and isn’t sure where to turn or who to trust.
Dark Tide is a novel that starts off slowly. The reader meets Genevieve and comes to know her neighbors in her boat community. It seems like quiet, innocent story, until Genevieve find the body. At that point, the reader might expect the novel to take off at a rip-roaring pace, but it doesn’t. This is quiet, character-driven novel; it’s certainly an interesting read, but it takes its own time and doesn’t have the dramatic events that often shape thrillers.
Much of the story of Dark Tide consists of Genevieve’s past. The reader knows she left something behind in London, that she has something to fear from her past. The novel spends a lot of time exploring Genevieve’s background, and it’s incredibly well done. Not only does the reader get to know the character and understand her motives, but Haynes tells the story in a suspense-filled way. Readers will be clamoring for more from Genevieve’s past, while enjoying seeing how those events shaped the future that Genevieve is currently experiencing.
From beginning to end, Haynes keeps the reader guessing in Dark Tide. Things never end up exactly where you expected them, and there are definitely multiple shockers over the course of the novel. But as I said before, this is a quiet novel, so readers expecting a huge payoff or jaw-dropping revelation at the end of the book may come away disappointed. For me, the big thrill was the experience of reading the book and learning about Genevieve, so it worked for me quite well.
If you’re looking for an absorbing read with a great main character, Dark Tide is a great choice. Haynes explores interesting issues through this novel, including gender discrimination and sexism in the workplace, and the story is well plotted and moves at satisfying pace.
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