The House Between Tides

The House Between Tides

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"Following the deaths of her last living relatives, Hetty Deveraux leaves her strained marriage behind in London and returns to her ancestral home, a crumbling estate in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, with the intention of renovating and reselling it as a hotel, much to the dismay of the locals. As she dives headfirst into the repairs, she discovers human remains beneath a rotting floorboard in the basement, with few physical clues to identify the body. Who was this person? And why the makeshift grave? Hungry for answers, Hetty sets out to unravel the estate's secret-- and those of its former inhabitants, including Beatrice Blake, a woman who moved there a century ago with her husband Theo, a famous painter who seemed to be more interested in Cameron, a young local man, than his own wife. Following whispered rumors and a handful of leads, Hetty soon discovers that no one knows exactly what happened to Beatrice, only that her actions have reverberated throughout history, affecting Hetty's present in startling ways"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Atria Paperback, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.,, 2016.
Edition: First Atria Paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781501126918
1501126911
Branch Call Number: M MAIN
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 21 cm

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pennyvharrison
Aug 28, 2017

More of a romance with a bit of mystery but very well done. Looking forward to her next book.

ehbooklover Dec 30, 2016

3.5 stars. An atmospheric, slow-burner of a Gothic read full of history, romance, and a mystery that spans several decades. The setting is so beautifully described that I felt myself experiencing the sounds and smells of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides alongside the protagonist.

SPL_Heather Dec 05, 2016

Full review of this atmospheric mystery can be found under "Summary," which was first published in the Stratford Gazette on December 1, 2016.

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Sansha
Oct 14, 2016

I loved the setting for this novel. A crumbling mansion set on the windblown shores of a small island off the coast of Scotland. The storyline is of the landowners and the tenant farmers. Of forbidden love and lies. Thought the story plodded along and was a little confusing.

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jazpur
Sep 25, 2016

Sensitively and perceptively written.I enjoyed the way the past linked with the current story.There's nothing like a good mystery in an atmospheric setting . Never mind the bees, this one is about the birds.

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SPL_Heather Dec 05, 2016

Hetty Deveraux decides to leave London life behind and move to her ancestral home in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. Still grieving the death of her parents in a car accident two years ago, Hetty leaves a strained relationship behind after inheriting the ruined mansion. She dreams of renovating the home into a hotel, but her plans are halted when human remains are found. Few clues remain, but it is clear the death was not of natural causes.

As Hetty searches for answers she learns more of the life of her great-uncle, famous painter Theo Blake. His brief marriage to Beatrice over a hundred years ago was not a happy one. Beatrice was said to have left the island abruptly and to have never returned while Theo retreated from society and never lived up to the artistic expectations earlier in his career. The community gossip gives Hetty glimpses into the past and the identity of the victim, but it’s clear that someone in the remote Scottish community knew what happened and that the secret was known by more than just the killer.

This atmospheric tale is Sarah Maine’s first novel. While the discovery of the murder is the impetuous of the story, the focus is on discovering the characters and learning about the history of the estate. Chapters alternate from Hetty, Beatrice, and Theo’s perspectives so that the reader learns of the opinions and motivations of each of the major characters. We also see how the events in 1910 between Theo and Beatrice affect Hetty in 2010. All of this allows for a greater depth of character and story.

The setting also creates an unsettling mood in the story. The ruined home Hetty inherits is on an island in the Hebrides which is only accessible from the mainland certain times of the day. When the tides are low, pedestrians or cars can reach the home, but when the tide comes in, it is isolated from society. While Hetty hopes to escape to here from London, we read how it increased tensions in Theo and Beatrice’s marriage.

The detailed descriptions of the lives of the characters and the wildlife in this remote area will pull readers into this atmospheric mystery. If you enjoy Daphne de Maurier, historical fiction, or mysteries with depth, please try this book!

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