When a member of a group of friends, who meet regularly for reunions on Holy Island, is found hanged, Vera Stanhope must discover what the friends are hiding and whether the events of many years before could have led to murder then, and now. 150,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
When a member of a group of friends, who meet regularly for reunions on Holy Island, is found hanged, Vera Stanhope must discover what the friends are hiding and whether the events of many years before could have led to murder then, and now. - (Baker & Taylor)
From Ann Cleeves—New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—comes the stunning tenth Vera Stanhope novel, The Rising Tide, a powerful novel about guilt, betrayal, and the longheld secrets people keep.
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"Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers."—Louise Penny
For fifty years a group of friends have been meeting regularly for reunions on Holy Island, celebrating the school trip where they met, and the friend that they lost to the rising causeway tide five years later. 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 . . .
- (Macmillan School
Publishers Weekly Reviews
In bestseller Cleeves's melancholy 10th Vera Stanhope novel (after 2020's The Darkest Evening), sexagenarians Rick Kelsall, Annie Laidler, and two other old friends reunite at the tidal island convent-turned-guesthouse where they met as teens during a school retreat. When Annie finds Rick's body hanging from a rafter, Det. Insp. Stanhope and her Northumbria Police colleagues cross the island's causeway to investigate. Rick may have lost his BBC hosting gig over sexual misconduct allegations, but he recently signed a lucrative book deal and didn't leave a suicide note. After an autopsy reveals someone smothered Rick before stringing him up, Vera and company uncover myriad viable suspects; not only was Rick's BBC departure more contentious than reported, but he was writing a roman à clef in which he planned to expose his oldest pals' darkest secrets. Cleeves crafts a clever central puzzle, then confers remarkable emotional complexity using her keenly drawn characters' advancing age, wistful nostalgia, and thorny shared history. A pinwheeling third-person narrative drives the pace, while Vera's candor tempers the plot's darker elements. Fair-play mystery fans will delight. Agent: Sarah Menguc, Sarah Menguc Literary (U.K.). (Sept.)
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