The Rising Tide
by Ann Cleeves
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Pub Date 1 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 1 Sep 2022
Pan Macmillan, Macmillan
Vera Stanhope, star of ITV’s Vera, returns in the tenth novel in number one bestseller Ann Cleeves’ acclaimed series.
Fifty years ago, a group of teenagers spent a weekend on Holy Island, forging a bond that has lasted a lifetime. Now, they still return every five years to celebrate their friendship, and remember the friend they lost to the rising waters of the causeway at the first reunion.
Now, when one of them is found hanged, Vera is called in. Learning that the dead man had recently been fired after misconduct allegations, Vera knows she must discover what the friends are hiding, and whether the events of many years before could have led to murder then, and now . . .
But with the tide rising, secrets long-hidden are finding their way to the surface, and Vera and the team may find themselves in more danger than they could have believed possible . . .
'A thoroughly engrossing thriller' - Mail on Sunday
'Cleeves’s Northumberland novels are strong on atmosphere, combining old-fashioned detective work with a modern take on class' - Sunday Times
'Who doesn’t love ‘large and shabby’ Vera Stanhope, the blunt detective in Ann Cleeves’s Northumberland police procedurals? She is already one of the genre immortals. Cleeves delivers some choice Vera moments in The Darkest Evening' - New York Times
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It was a delight to be reading a novel about Vera Stanhope again, what a treat!
Ann Cleeves really knows how to put those characters together, every single one of them. Even those who are only a small part of the story. Vera's annoyance and affection for both Holly and Joe – who she calls 'her boy' secretly.
I'm looking forward to the next in this series.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book.
That was an excellent read! The storyline, the suspenseful plot never letting go the tension, the very well drawn characters make this book a most compelling read. I love Vera, and hope to read soon her next investigation! Ann Cleeves is definitely one of my very favourite writers!
I read this novel as an ARC thanks to NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! Thank you so much!
What a pleasure to read the latest Vera novel, a tight, cracking mystery with Ann Cleeves in top form. At the start of a weekend off, Vera is called out to Holy Island with the report of a suspicious death. It looks like a straightforward suicide by hanging, but Vera is convinced it is murder. The victim, Rick, a former television journalist has been spending the weekend with a collection of old school friends. Investigating the group of friends, Vera, Joe and Holly discover a connection the group had to a death on the island many decades ago. Convinced this death is connected to events from the past, Vera and her crew uncover a lot of old secrets and bad judgements. Vera does a bit of soul searching herself, reflecting on her past, and her relationship with her team.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book finding it hard to put down, yet not wanting it to end. My sincere thanks to netgalley and PanMacmillan for this advance copy. I highly recommend.
Ann Cleaves is part of a small group of authors that I know will never disappoint when a new title appears,and the latest Vera Stanhope novel, "The Rising Tide" is as excellent and involving as expected.
A group of old school friends,now in their 60's,have been having a reunion on Holy Island every 5 years since their initial retreat 50 years ago as a group of idealistic young people trying to "find themselves", the idea of a young teacher not much older than themselves who organises and attends the first trip.
5 years later tragedy strikes and the reunions are as much a memorial to a lost friend as a celebration of their ongoing friendship.
One of their number is a disgraced former media personality who is found hanging after telling the group that he'd written a "tell all" novel..........about them.
From what starts out seeming very much like an Agatha Christie "locked room" mystery involving a not particularly interesting group people once Vera and the team begin to investigate the story gets much more involved and it appears that the answer to the puzzle lies in the past, and more specifically in the pasts of the people attending the reunion and some of their complicated relationships.
Holly and Joe's competitive relationship plays an even bigger part in this tale ,as usual both trying their best to outdo the other in their efforts to impress Vera .
Another great book in a great series,the only downside is the long wait until the next one in the series.
The Rising Tide by Ann Cleeves
Another great book with the brilliant character of Vera Stanhope at the helm of helping to solve this latest case.
A group of friends returning to Holy Island are shocked to discover the body of one of them in a seemingly case of suicide. The man (Rick) and his friends had also been on the island many years previously at the time of another death . This sets of Joe & Holly ( colleagues of Vera ) to look deeper into the 2 deaths.
We follow them in pursuit of finding out the truth about both deaths
A brilliant read as always from Ann Cleeves , and can't wait to also see it on tv.
On Holy Island, a group of school friends gather for a reunion, as they have done every five years for the last fifty years. Events and time may have changed them, but essentially they are more or less the same.
When one of them is found dead, even the pathologist believes it has the markings of suicide - until DI Vera Stanhope (who's never satisfied) asks him to look again...
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