On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the latest novel by Sam Lloyd, The Rising Tide.
HOW DID IT COME TO THIS?
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 living nightmare . . .
Wherever her husband is, he isn’t alone. Because their children are missing, too.
I really enjoyed The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd. When I read his debut novel, after I finally got round to reading it last year, I knew this was a writer I would be keen to follow, and Sam is becoming one of my favourite writers. Sam Lloyd’s plotting is so well done, and he manages to always keep the tension ticking up a notch.
The story gets going with a tense atmosphere as Lucy Locke discovers that her husband has gone missing along with her children, following the discovery of their boat, the Lazy Susan, found adrift at sea. But why would he take the boat out in the first place when a massive storm is due to hit? Lucy is left in turmoil as she tries to desperately work out what has happened to her family and find out if they are still alive? What reason would her husband, Daniel, have to do this?
I really had no idea where this novel was going to go as I was reading. As the mystery deepens, it becomes clear that something more is going on behind the scenes in this family’s lives, and I was desperate to know what it was, and if it was the reason why Lucy’s family have gone missing. There are some brilliant moments in the book, when Sam Lloyd turns the novel completely on its head; this is what makes the novel so unpredictable. Lucy was a fascinating character to follow. She is a person who draws people in, people instantly like her and want to get close to her. But is she as sweet natured as she seems?
The tension and pace are spot on, and the tension keeps increasing as the police become involved in the search for Lucy’s family. It really does feel as though they have vanished into thin air and this is what makes Lucy even more anxious and upset. There are so many questions about what happened. You can really feel the pain Lucy is going through as she tries to work out what is going on, and even though there were questions about who she was, I still really felt for her as she tried to get to the truth. This is what made me so keen to follow her journey and keen to find out more about who she was.
The tension never lets up right throughout this book making it a captivating read. I loved it.
Publication date: 24th June 2021
Print length: 437 pages
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