Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Melinda Sailsbury’s novel, Hold Back The Tide. The tour, run by Terminal Tours, runs from 5th-10th January, and you can find the full schedule for it here.
About The Book
From 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 …
Rating: 4 stars
I was immediately interested in this book from the synopsis. It’s a unique concept, knowing someone is the murderer from the very first line, and I was intrigued to see how it would play out. The atmosphere is captured so well, with Alva – our protagonist – walking on eggshells and pretending everything is Fine with a capital F the whole time to not provoke any behaviour at all from her father. I’ve been in an abusive relationship – something I’ve been open about here in the past – and while the dynamic might not be exactly the same, I do remember living with that constant on edge feeling, worried about provoking any aggression. The book really captured this sensation.
As the book builds, so does the amount of information we are given, and we gather details like puzzle pieces, fixing them together. The story is paced quite slowly with a lot of descriptive detail, and this works completely in its favour as you find these little gems of details that click into place.
Alva has a plan to leave, to get away and start a brand new life where no one will know her, and she will know no one. Most importantly, no one will know where she is. Her plan has been being formed for a long time, she has thought everything through. But will she pull it off?
Many thanks to Terminal Tours and Edelweiss for my copy of the book, and involvement in the tour.
About the Author
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.