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Dark Tide by Elizabeth Haynes - Excerpt

Dark Tide by Elizabeth Haynes - Excerpt

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Publish date: Mar 12, 2013
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scperryz reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I loved the first half of this book - for a while it was so hard to put down, I feared that I had derailed my life by picking it up - but gradually interest waned. It remained fun to read but the plot got more predictable, I never really liked the main character, and I got frustrated with the number of times that she made boneheaded decisions that put her in danger for the service of the plot. Curiously, for all the sex, the book was not very sensual. All in all, a fun read but nothing special.
twink_2 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I read Elizabeth Hayne's debut novel, Into the Darkest Corner, last summer and really enjoyed it. I was quite eager to sink my teeth into her next book - Dark Tide. Haynes returns with another suspenseful tale of a woman in peril.Genevieve is good at her sales job but it's going to be a long time before she saves enough money to pursue her dream - to buy a boat and live on it. So she decides to ramp things up and takes a job pole dancing at a private club in London. Just dancing, nothing extra.Cut to the second narrative. Dream achieved - Genevieve has done it - she is living on and fixing up a barge. The night after a boat warming party with some old friends from London and new friends from the marina she's docked at, a strange bumping against her hull awakens her. It's a body in the water - and she knows who it is. Through a dual set of narratives, we cut from present to past, all of it leading to the question - what happened in London? I really enjoyed this format and the eking out of information as the back story slowly filled in and the present day hurtled forward. Haynes kept me quickly turning pages with her foreshadowing.With Into the Darkest Corner, I became quite involved with Catherine, the lead character. In Dark Tide, I felt like more of an observer. Genevieve didn't garner quite the same emotional response from me. I found her to be self serving, shallow and I honestly questioned her decisions at times.All the elements are here for a good read - danger, romance and unanswered questions. And it was a good read for me. It just didn't grip me as much as her first book. Dark Tide was written as part of 2010's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Although the book has, of course, been edited since then, it still felt a bit formulaic and by the numbers. I'm not sure if North American readers will be familiar with a genre of tell all British women's magazines such as Chat. They focus on real people telling their usually shocking true stories in a first person narrative. This is what Genevieve's recounting reminded me of. I did enjoy the description of life on the boat and Genevieve's renovations - they sparked a daydream of a living on a houseboat! There were perhaps a few too many references to pole dancing techniques and moves.But all in all, Dark Tide was a great escapist read, easily devoured in a day. I do like this author and will be eagerly waiting to read the North American release of her third book, Human Remains.
pattylouise_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Into The Darkest CornerByElizabeth HaynesMy " in a nutshell" summary...A houseboat and a floating body...yikes!My thoughts after reading this book...I truly love to read English mysteries. This one began with a party and a dead body. Main character Genevieve left her full time career in business and her part time career in pole dancing to buy and renovate a houseboat. Yep...I found that concept a bit implausible, too. In fact...I found the entire working at this "gentleman's club" and working " private" parties kind of unappealing. But...that's me.And her reason to do it is to buy her houseboat. When she has enough money she does what she says she is going to do and begins her new life. She has new friends and she appears to be happy until the night of her boat warming party when the body of her friend is found dead in the river by her houseboat. Of course she does not tell the police that she knows who it is. Nor does she mention that she is holding a mystery package that belongs to someone from her past.Then more scary and bad things happen. Which I won't disclose because it's a mystery...and kind of a lukewarm one for me. It was good...but not great. What I loved about this book...I think I loved Genevieve's idea about living on a houseboat. It seemed fun and romantic until all of the bad stuff happened.What I didn't love...I was turned off by the pole dancing thing...it just felt weird...somehow it wasn't plausible to me. And the entire " hide my secret package and don't call me until I call you" aspect of this story.Final thoughts...I found this to be a good but not great mystery. I wasn't caught up in it. I didn't feel for the characters...especially Genevieve.
smik_3 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
It is rare for me to dislike a character as much as I did Genevieve, the central character of REVENGE OF THE TIDE. At first I was on Genevieve's side, sympathetic to her desire to escape the London rat race by buying a river barge in Kent. Where we came unstuck was when Genevieve revealed that, in her second job as a pole dancer in an exclusive men's club, she would do almost anything to raise money to buy a houseboat.The club where she is working has gangland and drug connections but Genevieve is really gullible when she thinks that she can escape.She leaves a trail which brings criminals into the boatyard community where her boat is moored. This also diminished my empathy with her.I tried to put those plot elements aside and I admired the way the author has skilfully woven two plot time lines together. So, for those who like to know if I enjoyed a book - well, no, I didn't enjoy this one although I did read it to the very end just to get the complete story.
v4758 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
Whilst I found her first novel disturbing in parts - I felt this one was very formulaic - finished it in a day as the plot was guessable early on. Didn't see the fascination with her main love interest as the character wasn't detailed enough. Bit too 'romance with a bit of danger' for me.
tina1969_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Genevieve has finally escaped the stressful demands of her sales job and achieved her dream: to leave London behind and start a new life aboard a houseboat in Kent. But on the night of her boat-warming party the dream is shattered when a a body washes up beside the boat, and she recognises the victim. As the santuary of the boatyard is threatened, and her life is increasingly at risk, the story of how Genevieve came to be so out of her depth unfolds, and she learns the real cost of mixing business with pleasure.My Thoughts:I really liked Elizabeth Haynes first novel ‘Into the Darkest Corner’ but loved this book. The book had plenty going on that had me turning the pages. It is totally different to her first novel which was a little intense. This book flowed and dare I say was verging on a romantic suspense. It wasn’t slushy like a lot of novels and I wouldn’t put it in the genre of a romantic suspense, but there was plenty of drama and a love interest thrown in.The book gripped me from the first page. The plot wasn’t mind blowing and I could see where it was leading but I didn’t quite guess how it was going to turn out, and I was left at the end wanting perhaps a few more pages.I would highly recommend both books by Elizabeth Haynes and will be looking out for more by her in the future.
carolinejyoung reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This was good but not nearly as gripping as 'Into the Darkest Corner'.
maneekuhi reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Genevieve is an ex-pole dancer, a very good one, at a London gentlemen's club. She also did lap dances and held private sessions in the VIP room. She was willing to prostitute herself if the money was right. All this to fulfill her special dream. Yet she will not open the secret package entrusted to her for months, even though she suspects it may hold an illegal weapon, or even drugs, because "that wouldn't be right." An interesting moral code. And she's in love with two guys and sleeping with both. But the romance falls flat and I much didn't care who she wound up with. This is Haynes follow-up to her debut, 5 star "in the Darkest Corner"; this is a satisfactory effort but no where near what Amazon USA dubbed 2011's "best book of the year". This one also has the back-and-forth between present and a short time earlier. Not a lot happens for much of the book, but there is always an uncomfortable tension throughout the story. The ending is rather messy, but fitting, and rings true. I was not crazy about any of the characters, unlike my attachment to "Corner's" Cathy/Catherine.
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