Tuesday 12 July 2016

Book Review: The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine

Title: The House Between Tides
Author: Sarah Maine 
Publisher: Freight Books
Publication Date: 20 July 2016
Pages: 346
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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Following the deaths of her last living relatives, Hetty Deveraux leaves her strained marriage behind in London and returns to her ancestral home, a crumbling estate in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, with the intention of renovating and reselling it as a hotel, much to the dismay of the locals. As she dives headfirst into the repairs, she discovers human remains beneath a rotting floorboard in the basement, with few physical clues to identify the body. Who was this person? And why the makeshift grave?

Hungry for answers, Hetty sets out to unravel the estate’s secret—and those of its former inhabitants, including Beatrice Blake, a woman who moved there a century ago with her husband Theo, a famous painter who seemed to be more interested in Cameron, a young local man, than his own wife.

Following whispered rumors and a handful of leads, Hetty soon discovers that no one knows exactly what happened to Beatrice, only that her actions have reverberated throughout history, affecting Hetty’s present in startling ways.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

The House Between Tides is a story that gripped me right from the first page. I enjoyed the shifting narrative between the past and the present, giving the reader glimpses of the truth but only revealing all at the end. I thought I had worked out the mystery; however, the final discovery still surprised me. The characters were engaging and believable, the prose highly readable, and the pacing just right. Recommended to fans of historical fiction who enjoy a little mystery in their tales and a slight Gothic twist. 4.5 stars

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