The Rising Tide

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Pub Date 01 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 28 Feb 2022

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In this "fiendishly clever novel," a woman's husband vanishes in a historic storm — and new troubles wash up in its wake (Sunday Times)

In a small fishing village on the Devon coast, Lucy Locke has built a life that anyone would envy. She and her husband, Daniel, own successful businesses and live with their two children in a picturesque home overlooking the harbor. But everything changes one morning when, following a monumental storm, the family yacht is found empty — and Lucy’s husband is nowhere in sight.

As the search for Daniel mounts, so does Lucy’s sense of dread, raised to a fever pitch when another, more terrifying revelation pushes her storybook life to the brink of total destruction. Lucy is reluctantly forced to face a harsh truth: the sea gives life, and just as quickly takes it away. And when the detective on the case uncovers suspicious details that Lucy had hoped would stay buried, she’ll have to confront the nightmarish possibility that she created her own undoing.

Beautifully rendered with evocative, atmospheric prose, The Rising Tide is at once a pulse-pounding, inescapably suspenseful thriller and a poignant tale of the power of the natural world. Its characters and settings are sure to stay with readers long after the final page—and after their heart rates finally return to normal.

About the Author: 

Sam Lloyd grew up in Hampshire, where he learned his love of storytelling. These days he lives in Surrey with his wife, three young sons and a dog that likes to howl. His debut thriller, The Memory Wood, was published to huge critical acclaim in 2020. The Rising Tide is his second novel.

In this "fiendishly clever novel," a woman's husband vanishes in a historic storm — and new troubles wash up in its wake (Sunday Times)

In a small fishing village on the Devon coast, Lucy Locke has...

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4.5 stars rounded up to 5 on here!

We follow Lucy and her family who lives in a small fishing village. Lucy has a life that many people would envy in a picturesque home. However, her life changes in a moment. Her husband had taken her kids out on a yacht right as a horrible storm is coming in, and suddenly the family yacht is found out at sea, empty.
This story starts out as a slow burn, but man o man does it pick up as it continues. The further along we get in the story, the less likely I was to put the book down for a break. I had to figure out what was going to happen. There are so many twists and turns and you are flipping the pages trying to understand more about the characters and how reliable, or unreliable they are. This is Lloyd’s second book, but the writing is absolutely wonderful! I would definitely pick up more books writing by him!

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After a slow burn beginning this thriller gathered steam and led to a gripping, edge of my seat read. The seaside fishing village setting drew me in and then little by little seeing a bit of the underside of the characters kept me turning the pages. By the end I was reading through my fingers (covering my eyes) and wondering how the heck the author would work things out. I wasn't disappointed.

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A wild, intense ride!

A distress call from Lucy's husband comes into the Coastguard station. "Is he okay?" Lucy asks. She is told that he is still missing.

Something happened out there in the sea. Lucy has to face reality.

A gripping, fast paced story with a great cast of characters. I really enjoyed Detective Abraham Rose. He was authentic and suffered from his own state of denial.

The guessing and the twists don't let up until the last page, which seemed fitting.

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A solid 4.5 for me. This book was very good, the mystery of why her husband disappeared and what happened to the children, the feelings/descriptions of the sea really had you feeling like you were there experiencing it, more than most books. The detective, battling a fatal illness, the moral choices and the courage of various people. The descriptions of the children, again, made them very real. So a well written and unusual thriller

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