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One of the best things about mysteries, in my opinion, is how they immerse you in the thick of a plot and pull you along. All the details come together to reveal the stark reality, however gruesome it may be. Sharon Bolton’s novel A Dark and Twisted Tide follows Lacey Flint, former London detective who rejoins the police force on the marine unit. She is living in a boat on the river Thames and swimming in the river every morning, a dangerous and thrilling pastime. The river is a powerful force and when Lacey finds a body in the water the question becomes: Was it purely a coincidence that a body comes floating towards Lacey or did someone want Lacey to find the decomposing body?
5 Reasons to Read:
- Lacey is a classic loner with few friends, but people are drawn to her–even killers–and you will be too.
- The Thames is a charismatic and deadly character in this Lacey Flint installment–its dark waters are the perfect backdrop.
- Although all written in the third person, Bolton tells the story from the perspective of Lacey, Detective Inspector Dana Tulloch, and other more mysterious points of view like The Killer, The Swimmer, and Nadia and Pari, two women far from home. This allows for Bolton to reveal a wide range of details and events in a complex, but systematic way.
- Bolton’s prose is at times unhurried and expressive, at other times swift and vigorous, much like the tides. Either way, you’ll be swept away by her writing.
- This is a book to savor and reread–even once the murderer is revealed you’ll want to go back and unravel the intricacies of the story.
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I have reviewed a few suspenseful books here on Skyline Book Reviews, but they have all ended up being very different. There was Crooked River about two young girls whose father is accused of murder. Also, Big Little Lies about a death at a elementary school fundraiser in Australia. And Tina Seskis’ One Step Too Far told the story of Emily who leaves her old life behind only to be propelled back into it after a tragic death. Susan Crawford’s cerebral debut, The Pocket Wife, involves a murder in a suburb of Paterson, NJ and is no exception.
The siren is inside her ears, inside the car. It screams and pries inside her brain. She opens the car door and steps outside. She’s forgotten her shoes, but she can’t feel the pavement. She’s so light her feet are barely touching down. She looks out at the cars toward the Hudson, and it shimmers, it hums, it sings, eclipsing the sound of the siren with its lovely, lilting song.
5 Reasons to Read:
- Crawford’s main character, Dana Catrall, is captivating during her descent into a mental breakdown in the wake of the violent death of her neighbor.
- The detective investigating the murder, Jack Moss, is not typical law enforcement–his dedication to his job, his desire to help Dana, and the guilt motivating him to protect his son is very real and multi-faceted.
- Crawford’s lyrical and phenic writing delves into Dana’s psyche as she discovers clues that push her closer to the edge.
- Clues are pieced together while Detective Moss investigates and Dana racks her memory until ultimately the truth settles to the surface amidst a storm of lies.
- This murder mystery won’t disappoint when it comes to suspense and unexpected outcomes.