What We Did In The Storm
by Tina Baker
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Pub Date 15 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 14 Feb 2024
A clever, complex, layered story that plays with your head. Baker is the mistress of the jaw-dropping reveal. What We Did In The Storm is one of those books that leaves you gripped in its pages long after the story is over. Absolutely brilliant - Helen Fields, author of PERFECT REMAINS
A big recommendation from me... Subtle and dry dark humour laced into the thrills - Emma Curtis, author of ONE LITTLE MISTAKE
A brilliantly atmospheric book, where a community is tight but the secrets run deep... unwavering in its intrigue, loved it - L.V. Matthews, author of THE TWINS
Claustrophobic and compelling, haunting and suspenseful. I was utterly gripped - Lisa Hall, author of BETWEEN YOU AND ME
Fizzing with electricity, evocative and unputdownable. Tina Baker has done it again - Alice Clark-Platts, author of THE FLOWER GIRLS
Another impeccable, intriguing and infectiously irresistible tale from the brilliant Tina Baker... A wild and windy holiday read - C.E. Rose, author of THE HOUSE ON THE WATER'S EDGE
Tina Baker brings a cast of disturbed - and disturbing - characters to the Scilly Isles with all her usual razor sharp flair. Tense and gripping from start to finish - Leonora Nattrass, author of BLUE WATER
A rare talent. I'm in stitches from the humour, in the next paragraph my heart is breaking. I was totally absorbed. The characters in this book are absolutely superb; complex, unique, but above all real - J.M. Hewitt, author of THE LIFE SHE WANTS
Bold and atmospheric, each chapter offered a tantalising thread of a community fracturing behind closed doors, finally pulling together for the devastating conclusion. Utterly compelling - Sam Holland, author of THE ECHO MAN
Wonderfully atmospheric and hugely compelling: rippling with an undercurrent of suspense and featuring a gloriously vibrant cast - Sarah Bonner, author of HER PERFECT TWIN
A rip tide of a novel, plunging readers into a maelstrom of secrets, suspense and sins... A clever, compelling and superbly realised page-turner. Unputdownable - Kate Griffin, author of FYNESHADE
Wow, what a ride! Rumblings of discontent and flashes of humour building to a crescendo of explosive violence. A perfect storm of a book - David Jackson, author of THE RESIDENT
A stunningly-executed portrait of an island community seething with secrets that are ready to burst free... Baker's writing is by turns amusing and achingly sad, but always beautiful. Batten down the hatches and clear your schedule because this is an absolute gem and it will ravage you - Heather Critchlow, author of UNSOLVED
What an atmospheric read... I felt myself being swept along by the islanders tales. As the storm neared, tensions rose and the ending hit with a bang I didn't see coming - Carla Kovach, author of THE NEXT GIRL
I love Tina Baker's books. As much a who-got-done as a whodunnit. So brilliantly observed - J.B. Mylet, author of THE HOMES
Atmospheric and highly addictive; superbly written. A tense tale of secrets, scandals and storms, set on the remote island of Tresco - Diane Jeffrey, author of THE SILENT FRIEND
A carefully plotted, multi-perspective masterpiece that will stay with you long after you've read the final page - N.V. Peacock, author of LITTLE BONES
Tina Baker takes a wild and claustrophobic setting, and populates it with a cast of disturbed and intriguing characters, to create a first-class murder story - vivid and compelling - Guy Morpuss, author of FIVE MINDS
Baker is the queen of character and dialogue... sharp, clever and poetic - Louise Beech, author of MARIA IN THE MOON
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This book was darkly delicious. The writing was atmospheric and the plot was a delight. I was gripped throughout and will be recommending it to everyone!
A tense, stunning and atmospheric read. Interesting complex characters, dark humour and secrets galore. Tucked myself up in bed for this one. My thanks to netgalley and the publisher for my copy.
Tina Baker takes small island life and turns it on its head in this mesmerising and yes, at times, pretty brutal tale of mayhem in paradise. Tresco is one of the Isles of Scilly - I really ought to have known it from experience, having grown up not far away on the mainland, but I've never been; however, Baker paints a double-edged picture that tells of perfect summers, tourists coming and spending well, versus a hard-core of locals who can't afford to leave and have to tend to every need. There are dark undercurrents and some brilliantly scathing character portraits littering the scenes, but this is no reality show and we have a ringside seat on to some pretty disturbing stuff. Tina Baker has never shied away from tackling bad people doing bad things, and she lets rip just that little bit more here, which fits these characters just perfectly. I could really imagine myself in the room with some of them, though I'm not sure that that would be a good thing... The build up to the titular storm in reality takes place over several seasons but when she blows, she blows.
I'm always reluctant to use phrases such as "her best yet", especially here, so I'll happily settle for calling this another uniquely beautiful book with a belter of a plot. I think that says I loved it!
Tina Baker confirms herself as the queen of perfect character building and intricate suspenseful plots.
This book is a brilliantly layered mystery, with characters that feel 'alive', well rounded, with all their virtues and vices, their contrasting feelings and shameful secrets. I love how even side characters get the attention they deserve, all having memorable characteristics and stories of their own.
The mystery unravels slowly, giving the reader the chance to form their own theories, only to be proven wrong again and again as the story unfolds.
The setting is described vividly and the whole story is intricately connected to it, so that it really couldn't have taken place anywhere else. A perfect combination.
This is certainly a book I will recommend.
Thank you so much NetGalley and Viper for an advance copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I'm fairly new to Tina Baker's books, having only previously read "Make Me Clean". "What We Did In The Storm" is another excellent read, and somewhat darker than her previous book. Set on the idyll of Tresco, we see life on this Scilly isle from two perspectives: the rich holiday-makers and the estate staff who live there all year round. A story that really pulls you in and as it progresses, it gets darker and more sinister.