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When The Tide Turned written by M. L. Eaton is a page turning thriller that hooks it’s audience with historical accuracy while adding in a touch of the supernatural, cloak and dagger mystery bringing them all together in a riveting thriller.
Hazel Dawkins, new mother and wife as well as a solicitor is asked to fill in for a colleague of hers at the firm prompting her to return from maternity leave earlier than planned. Hazel gladly accepts since she is able to bring her child to work with her. And thus begins Hazel’s journey into the supernatural and facing deadly threats to her and her daughter. The moment she agrees to return to work, a dark evilness invades her home, her husband and others. She begins to dream of a man tied, lying-face down in a cove waiting for the tide to turn and torture him with a slow painful death of drowning. He is a man of the past but whose past she is not sure.
The colleague hands over a very complex and barely legal case surrounding a painting of a storm at sea of the night Napoleon prepares to invade England. The mystery surrounding the painting, the pegged man on the cove, and weird experiences Hazel faces daily has her fearful but determined to solve the ever growing mystery.
Eaton provides detailed historical information woven skillfully around the mystery and supernatural thus providing one with a nail biting read. Hazel’s character demonstrates how strong a woman can be and how she handles the stereotype of women being perceived as weak to her advantage.
Combining the three genres into one was interesting and entertaining. Eaton provides a well-executed plot written clearly and methodically. The character development was well done although in an almost teasing fashion – once you decided you didn’t like a character, Eaton would confound you with adding a twist making you like them.
This was a good solid book, one I would highly recommend especially if you enjoy historical mysteries and the supernatural. Read her other books, you will equally enjoy them as well!
A five star rating!
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