Dark Tide is the story of Genevieve, a young woman who leaves her high-pressured sales job and a second part-time job in London to live on a barge named The Revenge of the Tide. The suspense comes in when the body of a friend turns up outside her boat on the night of the boat-warming party. The story follows her life on the boat as well as flashbacks to her life in London and what led her to leave. It takes to the end of the book to get all the details about Genevieve’s hasty departure from London, but I felt her story was kind of predictable. I won’t divulge her part-time job in this review, but once I found out what it was, I was not surprised that her work life interfered with her ability to enjoy a peaceful life on a barge in Kent.
So much of my enjoyment of a book centers on whether or not I’m interested in the main character, and Genevieve, unfortunately was not one of my favorite characters. She’s pretty naive, and much of this book was devoted to her attraction to unsuitable men. If the plot had been less predictable, I may have forgiven her naivete, but, unfortunately, this book wasn’t too suspenseful for me.
I chose to review Dark Tide, originally published as Revenge of the Tide in the UK, because I had heard good things about Elizabeth Haynes’s first book, Into the Darkest Corner. I wasn’t in love with this book, but I’m willing to read her first book after this one.