Hold Back the Tide|Blog Tour Review

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52664820.jpgFrom internationally bestselling, acclaimed author Melinda Salisbury comes a darkly seductive story of murder, betrayal, love, and family secrets in a small town in the Scottish Highlands.

Here are the rules of living with a murderer.

One: Do not draw attention to yourself.

Of course, when you live with a murderer, this is impossible. Even the subtlest of spectres is bound to be noticed. Which leads to the next rule.

Two: If you can’t be invisible, be useful.

Everyone in this quiet lakeside community knows that Alva’s father killed her mother, all those years ago. There wasn’t enough proof to arrest him, though, and with no other family, Alva’s been forced to live with her mother’s murderer, doing her best to survive until she can earn enough money to run away.

One of her chores is to monitor water levels in the loch-a task her father takes very seriously. Their family has been the guardian of the loch for generations. It’s a cold, lonely task, and a few times, Alva can swear she feels someone watching her.

But the more Alva investigates, the more she realizes that the truth can be more monstrous than lies, and that you can never escape your past …

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My review

Thank you to Terminal Tours, Edelweiss and Scholastic press for the review copy. All opinions are my own.

This was such a quick read! I finished it in 2 days. It was very interesting and I didn’t want to stop reading it.

This book is told in first person POV so we get to know everything at the same time as Alva does and be as surprised as her. This created more of a mystery to it which was great. The atmosphere of this was great and I liked that everyone in the town knew everybody even if they were not kind. The monsters in this were very creepy! They were written really well and they made me very creeped out.

In terms of the storytelling and plot, I found it to be very simple in the sense that, something is planned, it’s done and they move on. It wasn’t explained much and it didn’t have much anticipation. Everything was done really fast and I would have liked to know more details. That being said, it was a very interesting plot and I could not put the book down.

I really liked Alva and and the fact that she could take care of herself but I found her to be very naïve and she didn’t even question some of the things. I think she would have got answers quicker if she stopped and thought logically about what she saw. I didn’t like the townspeople and how they listened to everything one man said and didn’t think for themselves. Ren and Gavin were great additions to the story! I liked that Gavin actually listened to Alva and was willing to believe her. 

The romance was very well done and I really enjoyed it. It was sprinkled throughout the book and it was great to feelings develop and not just be thrown in at once. I loved both of them together.

The ending is what really brought my enjoyment down, I think it could have ended way differently and I would have liked it a lot more.

All in all, if you want a fast paced, creepy read ,I recommend you pick this up as it is a very quick read.


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Melinda Salisbury was born in the 1980s in a landlocked city, before escaping to live by the sea. As a child, she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matilda was her biography. When she’s not trying to unlock the hidden avenues of her mind, she’s reading, writing, or traveling. She lives in the UK and can be found on Twitter as @MESalisbury, though be warned she tweets often.

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