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August 08, 2016

Book Review: The House Between Tides

It's been a while -- make that YEARS -- since I've read a real, tangible book. Don't get me wrong, I've read quite a few "beach books" as I call them: highly entertaining, often romantic, sarcastic and light. Basically a rom-com on paper. Or in my case, in an e-book.

When a copy of The House Between Tides appeared at my house, I thought, "OK, Simon & Schuster, I can do this."  The book was at a disadvantage, frankly. It described itself as a thriller (I don't like scary), and with parallels to Daphne du Maurier (University flashbacks of Rebecca!).

But if you like CSI type dramas or detective mysteries, this is a great book for you. Highly descriptive, the story revolves around Hetty Deveraux who inherits a family home, and then discovers bones inside. How's that for a synopsis!?

Hetty must try and find the story behind the bones and ends up intertwined in her family's history, while living her own life.

The story flip flops between past and present, which can sometimes get confusing, admittedly. There is a century that separates the periods -- 1910 and 2010. This is a book that requires focusing, as you don't want to miss a detail.

That said, there are a lot of details -- settings and scenery are meticulously described and even Hetty's character is often slow moving and stagnant. "MOVE!," I wanted to shout at her, many times in the book.

I would best describe The House Between Tides as a historical mystery, if such a classification exists. Readers who love Old English dramas would appreciate this eloquently written book. And for those who still love their rom-coms, there's even a little romance, too. Because of its vivid and lifelike description, I can easily see this Sarah Maine novel converted to a film, sometime soon.


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