Neil Lancaster: The Blood Tide


You get away with murder.
In a remote sea loch on the west coast of Scotland, a fisherman vanishes without trace. His remains are never found.

You make people disappear.
A young man jumps from a bridge in Glasgow and falls to his death in the water below. DS Max Craigie uncovers evidence that links both victims. But if he can’t find out what cost them their lives, it won’t be long before more bodies turn up at the morgue…

You come back for revenge.
Soon cracks start to appear in the investigation, and Max’s past hurtles back to haunt him. When his loved ones are threatened, he faces a terrifying choice: let the only man he ever feared walk free, or watch his closest friend die…


I really enjoyed Dead Man’s Grave, so I was looking forward to reading The Blood Tide, the second book in what is shaping up to be a brilliant series. Lancaster’s writing is so engaging and his knowledge is so broad that I could not help but be drawn into this novel from the very beginning. 

Detective Sergeant Max Craigie is a strong protagonist. He’s intelligent and principled and that made me want him to catch the bad guys. He’s well supported by his team, DI Ross Fraser and DC Janie Calder. As the team is so small, it gives us a chance to learn more about their personal lives and this makes the characters rounded and well developed. There are several definite threads from the previous instalment, so I’d recommend reading them in order. 

The plot of The Blood Tide is complex, so it does require a bit of concentration, but it’s brilliantly done. There is so much tension and so many twists and turns and I found it very difficult to turn myself away, wondering how all the different threads would come together. 

The third book in the series is released very soon and I can’t wait to read it! 

The Blood Tide is available from Amazon.

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