Friday, April 26, 2013

Dark Tide, by Elizabeth Haynes

Genevieve is fulfilling her dream of restoring a barge into a fabulous houseboat, but getting there was difficult.  Along the way, she got mixed up in a seedy world of dancing, drugs, and dangerous men.  Now, just when her life should be perfect, Genevieve finds herself in the midst of darkness.  After a dead body is found near her houseboat, she realizes the danger she is in.

Having read books by this author, I have to say, I was slightly disappointed.  I expected the book to be a bit more thrilling than it was.  The actual "thrill" nature of the book really kind of fell flat for me.  Yes, there was suspense and intrigue, but it just did not seem to move me, and I cannot put my finger on why.  In terms of plot, I was most interested in the portions of the backstory that occurred in the underbelly, surrounding the gentleman's club.  The action and narrative switch from past to present with little to no warning, and it seems a bit jarring in the context of the story.

In terms of characters, I also struggled.  I found Genevieve a hard character to understand.  When women choose "alternative" forms of employment, I often wonder why.  I never felt like Genevieve's motives were genuine or believable, or perhaps just not spelled out in a convincing way.  I am also unconvinced about the love interests she develops in the story.  Both seem unlikely, and underdeveloped.  

I did really like the idea of Genevieve living on a houseboat.  In fact, this was the most intriguing part of the story for me.  I liked the little idyllic world of the marina, and it saddened me a little that so much darkness entered that little piece of paradise.

Overall, the book is just o.k. for me, nothing stellar.  It would certainly appeal to fans of mystery and suspense, thriller, and intrigue.  For me personally, it just fell a tiny bit flat.

I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.  See the rest of the tour here.

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