• Paperback: 496 pages
• Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (March 31, 2015)
Ten years ago, 15-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished while on a family holiday in Greece. Was she abducted, or did she run away from her severely dysfunctional family? Lou Smith worked the case as a police constable, and failing to find Scarlett has been one of the biggest regrets of her career. No one is more shocked than Lou to learn that Scarlett has unexpectedly been found during a Special Branch raid of a brothel in Briarstone.
Quite a page turner, Haynes displays slick prose in minute detail, the brutality of human trafficking is distressful. An unmistakably uneasy well crafted mystery.
A cast of memorable female protagonists. Two female protagonists standout – Lou, a dedicated officer of the law, empathetic, she’s rigid yet flexible. Awkward in her romantic relationship she slowly manages to let her walls down. She faces an ongoing battle of balancing her professional and personal life. A smidgen of a romantic storyline adds to Lou’s character as well as to the narrative, helps swallow the challenging elements of Scarlett’s horrific ordeal. Scarlett’s voice is sobering. The inhumanness she experienced, her dysfunctional family will cause you to cringe. Her intimacy with human trafficking is halting, a very realistic glimpse into the harsh reality of this brutal international business.
Haynes takes on the weighty subject matter of human trafficking without exploiting this touchy topic with dramatics. A bread crumb trail harasses the peruser, keeping them on their toes as various players and back story’s make for unexpected and expected twists. Haynes deftly supplies enough details in an honest an appropriate manner to convey the barbarity of this disgusting trade.
Evoking characters, charitable prose combined with a charged narrative produce a fearsome story.
Elizabeth Haynes is a police intelligence analyst, a civilian role that involves determining patterns in offending and criminal behavior. Dark Tide is her second novel; rights to her first, Into the Darkest Corner, have been sold in twenty-five territories. Haynes lives in England in a village near Maidstone, Kent, with her husband and son.
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