Book Review: The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd

“The news doesn’t strike cleanly, like a guillotine’s blade. Nothing so merciful. This news is a slovenly traveller, dragging its feet, gradually revealing its horrors. And it announces itself first with violence – the urgent hammering of fists on the front door.”

Published on 8th July, The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd follows Lucy who has everything she could wish for: a beautiful home high on the clifftops above the Devon coast, a devoted husband and two beloved children. Then one morning, time stops. Their family yacht is recovered, abandoned far out at sea. Lucy’s husband is nowhere to be found and as the seconds tick by, she begins to wonder – what if he was the one who took the boat? And if so, where is he now? As a once-in-a-generation storm frustrates the rescue operation, Lucy pieces together what happened onboard. And then she makes a fresh discovery. One that plunges her into a nightmare more shocking than any she could ever have imagined…


Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Ugh, my heart. Never before have I wanted to skip to the end of a book so quickly to see how these characters would fare. With an action-packed opening that both shocks and pulls on your heartstrings, The Rising Tide will have you gripped – hook, line, and sinker.

But although I wanted to race to the end, I never would have guessed what would happen in between. It’s difficult not to give too much away as there are many small twists along the way, but this book will have you completely engrossed and regularly mistrusting your instincts.

I haven’t been so emotionally invested in a book in a long time. I constantly had my hand on my heart, desperate to find out what was happening. And it pulls you in and deeper and deeper with every page.

With a storm brewing, Lloyd captures the North Devon landscape and the torrential weather exceptionally. You can really get a sense of the saturated atmosphere but also of the pressure of the water, both of which really enhance the chilling plot. With many tense moments, I genuinely had to catch my breath a few times.

Lloyd is a brilliant storyteller and this is definitely a story that’s going to stay with me for a while. I can’t wait to read The Memory Wood now and eagerly look forward to whatever’s to come next.


The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd
Release Date: 8th July 2021
Print Length: 400 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Bantam Press / Transworld Publishers

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