by Elizabeth Haynes
Pub. Date: March 12, 2013
Book received from: Publisher
Cover: I like it, but it doesn’t really reflect the story for me. It does, however, catch the eye.
Characters: Sadly, rather dry and dull
Tagline: There was a moment when it all started to go horribly wrong, when things began to unravel…
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Worth the read? Eh. I would read ‘Into the Darkest Corner’ if you are new to the author.
From the Cover: The author of the acclaimed debut thriller Into the Darkest Corner returns with a taut, gripping murder mystery featuring a compelling heroine who unwittingly finds herself caught in an underworld of murder, corruption, and betrayal.
The first time Genevieve saw it, she knew it was the one: Revenge of the Tide, “an odd sort of a name for a boat.” Genevieve had finally escaped the stressful demands of her London sales job and achieved her dream–to leave the city behind and start a new life aboard a houseboat in Kent. She left the boat’s name as it was. Revenge had character after all, and living in a marina made her feel a bit safer, a little less lonely; almost as if the boat looked after her, hid her away from view.
But her dreams are shattered the night of her boat-warming party when a body washes up, and to Genevieve’s horror, she recognizes the victim as a close friend from nights dancing on-stage at a private members’ club, the Barclay. She isn’t about to tell the police, though; next to no one knew what Genevieve did every Friday and Saturday night to save money for her escape, and she sees no reason to reveal her past. The death can’t have anything to do with her. Or so she thinks.
Soon the lull of the waves against Revenge feels anything but soothing, as Genevieve begins to receive mysterious calls and can’t reach the one person who links the present danger with her history at the club. And then there is the parcel on her boat she’s meant to be safekeeping for an old flame, which seems to be putting her in jeopardy. As Genevieve begins to fear for her safety, she recalls the moment when it had all started to go horribly wrong: the night she recognized her day-time boss in the crowd of customers at the Barclay. . . .
The Short & Sweet of It: Last year, Into the Darkest Corner was one of my favorite reads. It was haunting, gripping, and memorable. I was beyond excited to hear that Haynes had a new book out already, and was ready to sink into it. I have to say that I was, sadly, somewhat disappointed. It was not the heart-wrenching read that I was expecting. The characters were a bit dull to me, as was the premises. I think, however, if I had read Dark Tide first, I would have been more satisfied with it. But, as it stands, Haynes has fallen into a sort of sophomore slump.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a good mystery, the story was laid out in a way that strings the reader along, and there are surprises along the way. Also, Haynes’s writing style is provoking in a quite and creepy way that does keep one reading. However, there was a lack of relatability to the story, a bit too much corruption to work through, and an unfamiliar setting. For the most part, for me, this was just not up to par with Haynes’s first effort. Perhaps my expectations were too high, or perhaps there is a lack of something within its pages.
I will say that I am looking forward to the third release by Haynes, Human Remains, due out in August 2013. It sounds as though she is going back to a more personal subject matter that is darkly relatable on a deeper psychological level, as was her first book.
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