Sam Lloyd: The Rising Tide

This review is written with thanks to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read and review The Rising Tide.



The news doesn’t strike cleanly, like a guillotine’s blade. Nothing so merciful. This news is a slovenly traveller, dragging its feet, gradually revealing its horrors. And it announces itself first with violence – the urgent hammering of fists on the front door.

Life can change in a heartbeat.

Lucy has everything she could wish for: a beautiful home high on the clifftops, a devoted husband and two beloved children.

Then one morning, time stops. Their family yacht is recovered, abandoned far out at sea. Lucy’s husband is nowhere to be found and as the seconds tick by, she begins to wonder – what if he was the one who took the boat? And if so, where is he now?

As a once-in-a-generation storm frustrates the rescue operation, Lucy pieces together what happened onboard. And then she makes a fresh discovery. One that plunges her into a nightmare more shocking than any she could ever have imagined . . .


The first thing that struck me about The Rising Tide was the description of the location and the sea. I was immediately transported to the area and quickly became involved in the lives of the characters. 

Each character is very different but they all have several different dimensions and I enjoyed unpicking them. It was interesting working out who to trust. I loved the poignant moments with the detective, Abraham, and there were times I had a tear in my eye reading about Billie, especially her relationship with Fin. Lloyd is very good at allowing us to see why the characters act in the way they do so I did feel empathy for most of them at some point. 

There are lots of questions throughout The Rising Tide and I really wanted to know how they would be answered. The ending in particular is really tense and I was gripped until the final page.

The Rising Tide is available from Amazon.

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