Thursday 25 March 2021

Book Review | The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd | prettylittlewriter

I was lucky enough to be gifted this early advanced readers copy via ebook from Bantum Press of The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd via Netgalley

Lloyd's second thriller novel, and having not read his debut novel, I was going into this completely blind, but with curiosity thanks to the brilliant synopsis provided.

'Lucy has everything she could wish for: a beautiful home high on the cliff tops above the Devon coast, a devoted husband and two beloved children.

Then one morning, time stops. Their family yacht is recovered, abandoned far out at sea. Lucy's husband is nowhere to be found and as the seconds tick by, she begins to wonder - what if he was the one who took the boat? And if so, where is he now?

As a once-in-a-generation storm frustrates the rescue operation, Lucy pieces together what happened on board. And then she makes a fresh discovery. One that plunges her into a nightmare more shocking than any she could ever have imagined . . .'

 There are so many twists and turns in this novel; an absolutely thrilling ride from start to finish.
One minute I believed I knew exactly what had happened and that I'd cracked the case, next I was second-guessing everything I thought I knew!

If you're not familiar with certain sailing/boat lexicon, the novel can seem slightly complex to begin as there were a few words used that I had no clue about, but if you skim over that, the plot, characters and twists will grab you and make you want to keep reading!

I don't want to give much away, as this novel isn't due to be released until 8th July 2021, but I will say that it is a rollercoaster of emotions, with some heart-breaking and thought-provoking moments that really make you feel for the main character, Lucy, and her family.
Lucy is a strong protagonist, and I had so much empathy for her and her situation. However, at one point I did think she could have been a baddie herself!

I would highly recommend this to any thriller fan that loves a bit of a whodunnit!

4/5 stars

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