Thursday, March 21, 2013

Book Review: Dark Tide by Elizabeth Haynes

Genevieve has always dreamed of owning a houseboat, and her increasing dissatisfaction with her job and life in the city drives her to make some quick cash as a dancer at a high-end gentleman's club.  Things go according to plan until the night her boss shows up and recognizes her.  She agrees to hide a mysterious package for a bouncer at the club in exchange for fast cash - her ticket out of London.  But just a few weeks after she has settled into a quiet life on her houseboat, a body washes up at her dock - a face from the past - and her newly found peaceful life turns into a nightmare.

I chose to review this one based on my love for Haynes' debut novel, Into The Darkest Corner.  I was really impressed with her first novel, but I wasn't as blown away by this one.  I liked the characters fine and I really liked the plot, but nothing jumped out at me as being above average for the genre.  Also, I was bothered by Genevieve's love interest and the way their story developed.  I didn't feel like their back story justified her level of devotion to him.  I would have liked to see more of a basis for their intense feelings.

Entertainment Value
While I wasn't as impressed with the writing in this one, I definitely thought the suspense and plot were as entertaining.  I was into the story, liked all of the characters, and cared about the outcome.  It kept me up late at night and I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading, which are two ways I know I'm reading a good thriller.

If you like the thriller genre or if you enjoyed Into The Darkest Corner, I recommend it.  As much as I liked the story, I had a few qualms about the way the sex industry is portrayed.  It's nothing that I haven't seen in many other books, but it's kind of a trend I've noticed in fiction and don't really like - the sex industry portrayed as a lucrative and empowering choice for women.  I think I'm going to do a full post on my feelings on it in the future, but for now I'll just say that I think the percentage of women involved in the sex industry who are making lots of money and are participating in it by choice despite the wide range of opportunities they have is minuscule compared to the number of books that depict it that way.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.