A Dark and Twisted Tide by Sharon Bolton

A Dark and Twisted Tide by Sharon Bolton

Former detective Lacey Flint quit the force for a safer, quieter life. Or that’s what she thought.

Now living alone on her houseboat, she is trying to get over the man she loves, undercover detective Mark Joesbury. But Mark is missing in action and impossible to forget. And danger won’t leave Lacey alone.

When she finds a body floating in the river near her home, wrapped in burial cloths, she can’t resist asking questions. Who is this woman, and why was she hidden in the fast-flowing depths? And who has been delivering unwanted gifts to Lacey?

Someone is watching Lacey Flint closely.

Someone who knows exactly what makes her tick . . .

Lacey Flint is back for another rip roaring adventure, an adventure on the high seas if you will – well, a small section of The Thames River at least. SJ Bolton has departed and she has re-energized as Sharon Bolton – it’s a little like the Doctor Who moment when one doctor morphs into another, one talent replaces another but in this case, fear not my dear friends, only the name has changed. The writing and storytelling is as good and on point as it ever was.

This book for me has a different feel about it, a subtle difference in energy perhaps; a more mature approach, I can’t quite put my finger on it. Like all her previous novels Sharon Bolton has a knack of taking you down one road and just as you find yourself at the end of a journey she changes direction and totally surprises you and for no other reason than to shock you for a final time surprises with another twist. The Queen of misdirection strikes again – Bolton reigns supreme!

For me there’s more humour this time around, more one liners and the rest of the cast are given not only a voice but a sumptuous personality. We don’t see that much Joesbury, but that’s to be expected – after all he has gone missing – but Lacey more than makes up for his absence. With Joesbury’s silence we are given the opportunity to learn more about Dana and Helen’s relationship along with colleagues – new and old. It’s a great mix and a balance well delivered and effortlessly achieved.

There’s a point fairly early on in the story that totally had me captivated. Lacey is in her canoe exploring the river and the current takes her down a small inlet during high tide. In the distance she spots a woman in a wheelchair, Thessa, and the moment these two meet I don’t think I’ll forget in a hurry. Thessa is a sensational character, magical, she certainly had a powerful and a somewhat captivating effect on me as I read her story. From the herbal concoctions she forced on Lacey to her charm and personality, for me, apart from the protagonist, she was clearly my favourite character of the book. Strong, assured and wise.

Another strength of Sharon’s is her ability to tell a story and this is no exception. As the book develops you find yourself second guessing the author as you try to figure out  who is responsible but as with all her past novels it’s never easy! The river comes alive as does Lacey’s new home – so much so that I now want to visit!

Another terrific adventure and despite her fears and misgivings, Lacey literally jumps in with both feet  and with a determination and foolhardiness that we come to expect. She definitely does not disappoint! So when’s the next one?!!

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593069188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593069189
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