images (5)Reviewed by Krystal Larson

Genevieve was tired of the hustle and bustle of the city. She needed peace and when she boarded the Revenge of the Tide, she knew she was in for an adventure. She could never have guessed what happened next.

When Genevieve is celebrating on the boat with friends, a body is found. Needless to say, this finding ruins the night and Genevieve’s hope for peace. She recognizes the body as someone she knew from dancing at a private member’s club. Too embarrassed to tell the police about her connection to the body, Genevieve figures that she is safe and the death has nothing to do with her. Of course, in most exciting mystery books, this is not the case and it turns out that Genevieve is connected to the body after all. Everything from the parcel she is holding onto for her old flame to the boat reminds her of the murder and seems to put her deeper into danger.

Genevieve was an interesting character, but I felt that I did not get to know her nearly as well as I wanted. It felt a little like Genevieve participated in the novel, but didn’t actually connect to the reader. Her character traits were easily forgotten once I put the book down. The other characters didn’t stand out much more, but did add factual information to the murder.

The plot of Dark Tide was a little hard to follow. On the one had, I was learning the background information -Genevieve’s background. On the other hand, I was in the present, going forward with the murder mystery. The undercurrent of suspense was perfect though, and I felt as if I was truly reading a horror/mystery story. The author has a way of writing that makes this book almost entirely plot-driven. There was a little bit of romance, but it was not the main point and was not focused upon. The ending was decent, a little abrupt, but also unexpected. Overall, this book is suited for an adult audience.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Krystal is a young college student who loves meeting new authors and finding great books! Her favorite place to read is the Botanic Gardens.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harper. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.