Review: Tidepool by Nicole Willson

Book Review

Tidepool by Nicole Willson
Horror, Fantasy, Gothic, Mystery

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If ye give not willingly, the Lords will rise…

In 1913, Henry Hamilton disappeared while on a business trip, and his sister, Sorrow, won’t rest until she finds out what happened to him. Defying her father’s orders to remain at home, she travels to Tidepool, the last place Henry is known to have visited. Residents of the small, shabby oceanside town can’t quite meet Sorrow’s eyes when she asks about her brother.

When corpses wash up on shore looking as if they’ve been torn apart by something not quite human, Sorrow is ready to return to Baltimore and let her father send in the professional detectives.

However, after meeting Ada Oliver, a widow whose black silk dresses and elegant manners set her apart from other Tidepool residents, Sorrow discovers Tidepool’s dark, deadly secret.

With this discovery, some denizens of Tidepool—human and otherwise—are hell-bent on making sure Sorrow never leaves their forsaken town.

What I thought
I received a copy of this book from Parliament House Press, for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I enjoyed the first ¾ of this story.  I loved the gothic atmosphere of the town of Tidepool and the drive of Sorrow to find out what happened to her brother Henry.  I am still undecided on how I feel about Charlie.  Charlie is Henry’s best friend and business associate and he picks such bad timing to ask if he can call on Sorrow when they get back home.  I mean she is looking for her possibly dead brother and you think now is a good time to push a match.  I mean that bothered me a lot for some reason.

Sorrow  is such a strong woman during a time when women were still not taken very seriously.  However, she was sometimes very wishy-washy regarding leaving Tidepool and staying to find out what happened to Henry.  Sometimes it was frustrating because you had chapters of her trying to get out of there and then when the chance for her to leave finally came she decided to stay.  

I enjoyed getting the back story of Ada and Quentin.  Personally I would have loved to have had more time with Quentin throughout the first ¾ of the story.  Sorry I can’t go into it more here without spoiling something.  

For me the ending felt really rushed.  After the climax of the story it felt like they just wanted to quickly wrap it up.  For me the story just fell off. There was so much build up for something to happen, which it did, then the story felt flat.  

My Rating: /5

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