Book Review: The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd (Spoiler Free!)


Lucy has everything that she could ever 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 out 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 on board. And then she makes a fresh discovery. One that plunges her into a nightmare more shocking than any she could ever have imagined…


Before I start the review, I would just like to say hello to everyone again! This is my first post back in two years, and it feels great to be back!

I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of The Rising Tide, and I am so glad I did because I LOVED it. It does get off to a bit of a slow start, but I think that was necessary to set the scene and introduce us to all of the characters that appear throughout the book. The plot is focused on the unravelling of what happened out on that boat, and why Daniel ventured out there despite a dangerous storm on it’s way, and it is definitely a page-turner, full of suspicion, eeriness, and pure confusion. (the good kind!)

Lloyd’s construction of Lucy as a main character is brilliant – one minute I was suspicious of her, and then the next I was sure she was simply a frantically worried mother and wife. The writing style and the way there are snippets of ‘letters’ to Lucy from who we assume to be Daniel is extremely clever and was definitely one of the things I enjoyed most about this book. I think the author captures the essence of a woman willing to do anything to bring her loved one’s to safety brilliantly, and does so whilst keeping the reader engaged and eager to find out what happened.

The darkness perpetuated throughout the story is the perfect blend of suspenseful and intense, and I absolutely recommend it if you’re looking for your next creepy thriller!

I really thought, several times, that I had this book and the plot figured out – do not make the same mistake! The plot twists are shocking and Lloyd’s ability to lull the reader into a false sense of security is mastermind. Unique, sinister, and un-put-downable, the perfect book for any thriller lover!

The hardback of The Rising Tide will be released on 08/07/2021, so make sure to grab your copy!

Overall, I give this book 4.5 stars.

I’d like to thank Penguin Random House and Tom Hill for sending me a copy of The Rising Tide in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.