Elizabeth Haynes' second novel is a taut and gripping murder mystery introducing a compelling new heroine, Genevieve - office worker by day and pole dancer by night - who finds herself implicated in a mob underworld of murder, corruption and betrayal. Genevieve has finally escaped the stressful demands of her sales job and achieved her dream: to leave London behind and start a new life aboard a houseboat in Kent.
But on the night of her boat-warming party the dream is shattered when a body washes up beside the boat, and Genevieve recognises the victim. As the sanctuary of the boatyard is threatened, and Genevieve's life seems increasingly at risk, the story of how she came to be so out of her depth is unfolded, and Genevieve finds out the real cost of mixing business with pleasure...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 358 pages
- Publisher: Myriad Editions
- Publication Date: 15/03/2012
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780956792648
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Review by Carolinejyoung
This was good but not nearly as gripping as 'Into the Darkest Corner'.
Review by maneekuhi
Genevieve is an ex-pole dancer, a very good one, at a London gentlemen's club. She also did lap dances and held private sessions in the VIP room. She was willing to prostitute herself if the money was right. All this to fulfill her special dream. Yet she will not open the secret package entrusted to her for months, even though she suspects it may hold an illegal weapon, or even drugs, because "that wouldn't be right." An interesting moral code. And she's in love with two guys and sleeping with both. But the romance falls flat and I much didn't care who she wound up with. This is Haynes follow-up to her debut, 5 star "in the Darkest Corner"; this is a satisfactory effort but no where near what Amazon USA dubbed 2011's "best book of the year". This one also has the back-and-forth between present and a short time earlier. Not a lot happens for much of the book, but there is always an uncomfortable tension throughout the story. The ending is rather messy, but fitting, and rings true. I was not crazy about any of the characters, unlike my attachment to "Corner's" Cathy/Catherine.
Review by tina1969
Genevieve has finally escaped the stressful demands of her sales job and achieved her dream: to leave London behind and start a new life aboard a houseboat in Kent. But on the night of her boat-warming party the dream is shattered when a a body washes up beside the boat, and she recognises the victim. As the santuary of the boatyard is threatened, and her life is increasingly at risk, the story of how Genevieve came to be so out of her depth unfolds, and she learns the real cost of mixing business with pleasure.My Thoughts:I really liked Elizabeth Haynes first novel ‘Into the Darkest Corner’ but loved this book. The book had plenty going on that had me turning the pages. It is totally different to her first novel which was a little intense. This book flowed and dare I say was verging on a romantic suspense. It wasn’t slushy like a lot of novels and I wouldn’t put it in the genre of a romantic suspense, but there was plenty of drama and a love interest thrown in.The book gripped me from the first page. The plot wasn’t mind blowing and I could see where it was leading but I didn’t quite guess how it was going to turn out, and I was left at the end wanting perhaps a few more pages.I would highly recommend both books by Elizabeth Haynes and will be looking out for more by her in the future.
Review by v4758
Whilst I found her first novel disturbing in parts - I felt this one was very formulaic - finished it in a day as the plot was guessable early on. Didn't see the fascination with her main love interest as the character wasn't detailed enough. Bit too 'romance with a bit of danger' for me.
Review by smik
It is rare for me to dislike a character as much as I did Genevieve, the central character of REVENGE OF THE TIDE. At first I was on Genevieve's side, sympathetic to her desire to escape the London rat race by buying a river barge in Kent. Where we came unstuck was when Genevieve revealed that, in her second job as a pole dancer in an exclusive men's club, she would do almost anything to raise money to buy a houseboat.The club where she is working has gangland and drug connections but Genevieve is really gullible when she thinks that she can escape.She leaves a trail which brings criminals into the boatyard community where her boat is moored. This also diminished my empathy with her.I tried to put those plot elements aside and I admired the way the author has skilfully woven two plot time lines together. So, for those who like to know if I enjoyed a book - well, no, I didn't enjoy this one although I did read it to the very end just to get the complete story.
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