The Rising Tide: A dark, atmospheric mystery from bestseller Ann Cleeves, featuring Vera Stanhope, star of ITV's Vera

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The Rising Tide: A dark, atmospheric mystery from bestseller Ann Cleeves, featuring Vera Stanhope, star of ITV's Vera

The Rising Tide: A dark, atmospheric mystery from bestseller Ann Cleeves, featuring Vera Stanhope, star of ITV's Vera

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After a quick review of the scene and much to her delight, Vera is sure that it’s a murder and not a suicide. I've learned a valuable lesson: beware of high school reunions,even if they are every 5 years, with all the same " friends" who you thought you knew so well, you will find out that you never really knew them at all!

Any "Author Information" displayed below reflects the author's biography at the time this particular book was published. This story takes place in England and all the high school reunions take place on Holy Island and the reunions are always in same place. Plus, the pacing was very, very slow, with frequent detours into the private thoughts of various characters.I have enjoyed all the Vera books (as I also love the tv series--I hear Brenda Blethyn's voice now when I read the books) but this one is, I think, my favorite.

The writing was redundant enough that I noticed it, and in a way that seemed like the editing process had been rushed. The plot thickens nicely when closer examination reveals that the apparent suicide is murder and a few more suspects on the mainland are thrown into the mix. The island is atmospheric backdrop for the story with its ruins and religious history, landscape and wildlife and the shifting tides that make the causeway so dangerous to those who don’t pay attention to the them, and plays a very central and tragic part of the novel. Every five years the group of friends who had been there gets together to remember Isobel and what they all had had. She’s brilliantly intuitive, instinctive, a little bit manipulative of her team (in a good way) and her affection for her team especially DS Joe Ashcroft is almost transparent.Even with DI Joe Ashworth and DC Holly Clarke interviewing suspects and chasing evidence, there is no obvious culprit. Fans will enjoy matching wits with Cleeves' eccentric sleuth right up to the dangerous surprise in her denouement. Vera soon learns that Rick had recently been fired after allegations of sexual misconduct, although he had been very upbeat with his plans for the future on the weekend. Soon after they married, Tim was appointed as warden of Hilbre, a tiny tidal island nature reserve in the Dee Estuary. This is a superb setting especially as the tide rises and rolls in adding an extra dimension of atmosphere especially as concealed secrets find their way to the surface, bubbling up like the waves.



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