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Dark Tide: A Novel Paperback – March 12, 2013
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received an Advance Reading Copy from the publisher shortly before publication, but only got around to reading DARK TIDE last week. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. J. Dunn
I liked the story because it is different and unusual. Genevieve worked as a pole dancer. It was a part time job. Her day work was in sales. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beth
Sort of poorly written and definitely not as good as her other books!Published 4 months ago by Susan M.
... but it could have been better.
The decisions made by the book's "heroine" were ill-considered, put her, and a lot of other people in... Read more
The first time I read one of Elizabeth Haynes books that told two different timelines intertwined, I was confused for a while until I sorted out the significance of the dates. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Martin
This is only the 2nd book by E. Haynes that I have read, but I really enjoy her writing style and have already purchased more of her books.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I believe I was held hostage by this book. There seemed to be danger at every corner but there were so many details, I didn't know what would happen next. Read morePublished 10 months ago by JojoP