Fans of Kate Morton will love this atmospheric and immersive debut novel of a woman who returns to her ancestral home in Scotland and discovers a century-old secret buried in the basement.
Following the deaths of her last living relatives, Hetty Deveraux leaves her strained marriage behind in London and returns to her ancestral home, a crumbling estate in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, with the intention of renovating and reselling it as a hotel, much to the dismay of the locals. As she dives headfirst into the repairs, she discovers human remains beneath a rotting floorboard in the basement, with few physical clues to identify the body. Who was this person? And why the makeshift grave?
Hungry for answers, Hetty sets out to unravel the estate’s secret—and those of its former inhabitants, including Beatrice Blake, a woman who moved there a century ago with her husband Theo, a famous painter who seemed to be more interested in Cameron, a young local man, than his own wife.
Following whispered rumors and a handful of leads, Hetty soon discovers that no one knows exactly what happened to Beatrice, only that her actions have reverberated throughout history, affecting Hetty’s present in startling ways.Tuesday Intros and Teaser Tuesdays are hosted by Diane over at Bibliophile by the Sea and Jenn over at Books and a Beat.
The woman stood a moment on the old drive and stared up at the boarded windows, a dark silhouette against the grey walls, then she turned her back on the house and went down to the blaze on the foreshore.Figures moved in the smoky shadows, small awed groups, lingering after the drama of the auction. They drew back as she approached, a gaunt stranger ina black coat, and a whisper rustled amongst them.' 1%I really like how The House Between Tides moves between different time periods, it makes everything feel so connected and continuous.Also, Maine's writing style is really amazingly descriptive and beautiful which is amazing since it's her first novel.
'God knows he had meant to make it work, he thought despairingly, as he got up to refill his empty glass, but the past still had its claws into him. Just rounding the corner and seeing her standing there... And her averted face now signalled the distance he had put between them.' 27%This is where I've gotten up to into the novel and it's so interesting so far! All the different charactees are really interesting and I love the different time periods. And Maine's descriptions of Scotland's nature are to die for!
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