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November 13, 2015




When Claire Cooper was eight years old her mother mysteriously vanished during Hop-tu-naa, the Manx Halloween.
At fourteen, Claire is living with her father on the Isle of Man and still struggling to come to terms with her mother’s disappearance.  She’s befriended by a group of five friends who mark every Hop-tu-naa by performing dares.  But when one dare goes terribly wrong, it has far-reaching consequences that will affect all their lives.     
Six years later and now a police officer Claire has lost touch with the rest of the group, until one Hop-tu-naa she called to a scene of a fatal car crash involving one of her old friends. Was it really an accident, or is  the single footprint found near the body a sign that someone knows what happened all those years ago?  
 If she’s to stop a killer and unlock the dark secrets of her past, Claire must confront her deepest fears and overcome a date  that’s always tormented her.

I really loved reading this thriller, it was something so very different from all the other thrillers that I ever read.
Much of this book is set in the landscape of Isle of Man.
Claire is just eight-years old when her mother mysteriously vanishes during Hop-tu-naa, the Manx Halloween. The police thought Claire’s mother must have just left her and her dad.  Claire got the impression that maybe her Mum had killed herself and that she done it somewhere, or in some way, so that her body had never been found, or her identity wouldn’t be known. Claire’s dad thinks his wife is dead.
At fourteen, Claire is in a group with five friends who every Hop-tu-naa perform dares. One dare goes terribly wrong and Mark ends up in prison.
Six years later Claire was a completely different person she was a police officer and visits Mark in prison.  Mark was the only one in prison,but none of the five friends could bare to discuss what they had done, and yet none of them could pretend they hadn’t been part of what happened.
Expect the Chris Ewan to blow you away with the twist in Dark Tides. What I liked about Chris Ewan’s writing is that he creates characters that grip you making you love them all in a special kind of way, he certainly pulls the readers in wanting to know more about the characters and what happens to them as the story unfolds.. As for me count me in as I will be reading Chris Ewan’s next novel.



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