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The age-old story of good girl turned bad gets a fresh look in the intriguing saga of a London pole dancer with a mission. Genevieve’s father died, along with his dream of buying an old boat and restoring it, but Genevieve is determined to follow Dad’s dream. It’s doubtful that dream allowed for his daughter becoming a pole dancer, but Genevieve hates her high-pressure sales job and finds that dancing will increase her income substantially. Then she gets an offer she can’t refuse, hide a small package for a few months in return for big money. She buys a boat, moves on board, and hides the package. A few months later, she has a party, but one of her dancer friends turns up dead, floating in the marina. Genevieve suddenly realizes that the package she is holding may be trouble, and trouble surely comes. The two story lines of her city life and boat life are neatly interwoven, taut as a nautical knot and dangerous as a rogue wave. Lisa Jackson, Chevy Stevens, and Lisa Unger fans will find much to like here. --Stacy Alesi


“Gripping….Unputdownable, this thriller with a heart of gold reads like a breath of fresh air.” (Red Online)

“Clearly shows her initial success was no accident. The rich bloodline of women crime writers has a new generation fast emerging and the pulse is beating strongly.” (David Connett, Sunday Express (London))

“An intense psychological thriller….A convincing portrayal of a woman who’s both naïve and self-confident elevates the solid plot, which alternates between the present and the past…” (Publishers Weekly)

“Chilling….Compelling.” (Associated Press)

“This dark, sexy, heart-0pounding thriller is a chilling and highly satisfying follow-up to Haynes’s acclaimed debut, Into the Darkest Corner,….Genevieve is a smart, likable, well-drawn character….This is a must read for mystery/thriller fans.” (Library Journal)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062197339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062197337
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Elizabeth Haynes is a police intelligence analyst. She started writing fiction in 2006 with the annual challenge of National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) and the encouragement of the creative writing courses at West Dean College. She lives in a village near Maidstone, Kent, with her husband and son. Into the Darkest Corner is her first novel. Visit her website at

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 20, 2013
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Genevieve Shipley, the first-person narrator, is a young woman with an interesting past in Elizabeth Haynes' "Dark Tide." Genevieve took ballet and gymnastics, attended university, and landed a white collar job in London. However, in order to earn the cash that she needed to fulfill her dream of purchasing and renovating a houseboat, she decided to moonlight. Genevieve's looks, athleticism, and ability to connect with others landed her a job as a pole dancer in a private men's club, the Barclay. "Viva" (Genevieve's stage name) became one of the club's most popular attractions, but she was too clueless to realize that associating with the man who owned the club, Fitz, and his seedy cohorts, was bound to land her in trouble.

Elizabeth Haynes demonstrated that she is a talented storyteller in her thrilling debut novel, "Into the Darkest Corner." She again grabs our attention by placing her protagonist in precarious situations: Genevieve's friend turns up dead near her houseboat; the heroine agrees to hide a mysterious package, not knowing what it contains; she becomes romantically involved with two men--a hunky detective and a big "bruiser" who works with Fitz. In addition to her other talents, the beautiful and sexy Genevieve is a skilled carpenter and do-it-yourselfer who is renovating her "seventy-five foot long steel-hulled barge," "Revenge of the Tide," built in the Netherlands in 1903. Unfortunately, she may not have long to enjoy her recently acquired purchase. She places herself at risk when she fails to use common sense and exercise proper caution in her dealings with others.

"Dark Tide" is an engrossing character study of a lonely, needy, and misguided woman who makes one bad choice after another.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on February 17, 2013
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DARK TIDE, by Elizabeth Haynes, is character driven suspense novel about Genevieve Shipley, a former computer salesperson and erotic dancer. Driven by a promise she made to her late father, Genevieve took a second job as an erotic dancer to earn extra money to buy a house boat. The novel opens with Genevieve hosting a party on that boat with her new friends in the marina, and her former friends in London. Later that night, a dead body, a former friend at the club, washes up against Genevieve's boat.

The story then begins, with flashbacks to Genevieve's journey into the world of Barclay's, the slimy owner, Fitz, and the mysterious protector, Dylan. Chapters jump back to the present, with her quirky friends wondering what Genevieve is hiding, and a policeman Jim starting to get inside Genevieve's soul.

Something obviously happened at the Barclay, and Genevieve is waiting for Dylan to contact her again on phone he gave her. The past and present collide eventually and show that there really wasn't much at all to the plot. For me, that was disappointing. However, Haynes is such a good writer, that I was entertained the entire novel. But, after reading, it is a bit disappointing that there really wasn't much to the plot.

As shown by the reviews so far, readers have mixed feelings about this book. Just keep in mind, if you are reading and waiting for something big to happen, it never will. But, the characters are interesting, and that made the story work for me.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ant on March 24, 2012
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Having read Elizabeth Haynes' first book, Into the Darkest Corner, I had high expectations. I wasn't disappointed, and I have to say, I couldn't put this book down. The author creates two sharply contrasting backdrops, one in London, where the main character has two professions which come into conflict, and the other in north Kent, after she moves away from London to what should be an idyllic lifestyle, living in a boat on the river Medway.

We find ourselves unsure who she can trust, and who really is her friend, and the suspense is kept up masterfully throughout the story to a tense and satisfying ending.

An interesting, and cleverly handled aspect of the writing is the nature of the main character's second job in London. Erotic dancing is considered to be an exploitative industry, and I'm sure there are few who would deny that in many cases this is true. In the case of the character depicted in this story, she makes deliberate choices at every stage, and knows full well what she is getting into, and what she's getting in return. While she has good reason to regret some of her decisions, she made them wilfully, and takes responsibility for them.

I read a lot of crime fiction, and some of it is, to say the least, variable. This author, however, is starting to look like a reliably good read. I look forward to much more.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By kindlemom1 (My Guilty Obsession) on March 12, 2013
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I was really looking forward to reading something that I use to love to read, a really good mystery. It has been awhile since I felt the happy anticipation of figuring out whodunit and the shrill anxiety of wondering if it was who I suspected or someone completely different and the thrill of the journey to get there.

And while this wasn't the thriller I was hoping for, it was the mystery I was craving. I was guessing until the very end on what exactly was going on and who were the bad guys.

I liked how the story flashed from the present with life on the quiet waters in a run down barge to the past of Genevieve's hectic crazy life in the city where she was not only a high ranking sales person by day but an exotic dancer by night. Two lives so far apart from one another that you almost wonder if the same person really lived them.

I enjoyed this story enough that it kept me on my toes and it did leave me wanting to find out the big mystery of the package and like I mentioned above, I never could quite figure out if all her friends were on the up and up. I liked both Dylan and Jim and honestly, would have been happy with Genevieve ending up with either one.

This did sort of drag in a few places but nothing too terrible.
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