DARK TIDES is a thriller by Chris Ewan set on the Isle of Man.
The Manx version of Halloween is known as Hop-tu-naa. On 31 October 1995, when Claire Cooper was 8 years old, her mother went missing and was never found. Claire never took part in Hop-tu-naa festivities until her teenage years when she became friends with 5 other teenagers who took turns in setting a dare for the group each year.
The practice continued for years until one of the dares went terribly wrong and someone got seriously hurt. After this Claire and her friends went their separate ways.
Then six years later, one of the friends died. It looked like an accident, but Claire, now a policewoman, notices a sign that only she or one of her friends would recognise. The next year there is another death and once again Claire recognises the sign. She fears that someone is taking revenge on the group and killing them one by one. She doesn’t know where to turn since one of the group could be the killer. And she can’t turn to the police without admitting her role in the terrible events that took place 6 years earlier.
It isn’t until near the end of the book that we finally discover the identity of the killer.
This was a riveting thriller but the best part of the novel was the characters. I listened to the audiobook and felt that I got to know Claire very well through the story. I also enjoyed many of the other characters, particularly Claire’s father and David.
Chris Ewan is an excellent thriller writer. I’ve now caught up of all the thrillers that he’s written and I can’t wait for his next one.