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Book #15: Fatal Tide by Iris Johansen

Name: Fatal Tide

Author: Iris Johansen

Pages: 338

Genre: Suspense, Psychological, Romance

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My Rating:

Melis Nemid is a marine researcher who lives on her own private island, tending to two adolescent dolphins she rescued as a teenager. One day out of the blue, her foster father calls her with a cryptic message. His closest friends also say he’s been acting strangely. He was involved with some shady characters in the past and Melis is worried, so she hurries to find him. Only to watch him die.

With her past trauma crippling her, she must now cope with the loss of her father figure, while also striving to keep his secrets from other greedy treasure hunters. As those closest to her begin to disappear, she must decide if those secrets should really be kept secret after all…

In order to survive, she must seal off all emotions and do what she believes is best, even if it may cost her everything.

**Be Warned: Contains rape and pedophilia from Melis’s past**

While this plot is totally unrealistic and far-fetched, it was definitely suspenseful. It’s too dark for my tastes, but it was given to me by a friend so I had to read it, you know? Anyway, it’s not the greatest book I’ve ever read, hence why I only gave it 3 stars. For being so closely related to several open murder cases, the main characters were given enough freedom to leave the country and essentially ignore the police. Don’t expect too much logic, in other words.

Melis Nemid undoubtedly has a tragic past, but it’s once again totally unrealistic. A complete stranger rescues her and then pays for her entire college degree, with no strings attached. Plus, how did she meet her foster father? Why did she leave her savior for some shady treasure hunter? And nowhere does it mention that she was ever reported missing, even though her orphanage sold her on the black market at a young age.

Her character development is nonexistent. She’s cold, distant, and generally emotionless throughout the book. In the beginning, she trusts no one. Then she wakes up one day totally trusting two strangers with shady pasts of their own, both of whom are obviously using her for their own reasons.

Basically, this is a good book to pass the time. Don’t expect anything to make sense. Fatal Tide will leave you confused and unsatisfied, but I do have to admit that it was suspenseful and an excellent look into the mind of someone truly evil and sick.


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