Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross - Book Review

         This is the first book in a series by Andrew Gross about Ty Hauck, a homicide detective. It’s not your typical police procedural novel since the story switches at times between Ty Hauck and Karen Friedman, a woman who is a victim in the story since she loses her husband due to an explosion in Grand Central Station. 
         Of course, everything isn’t as it seems as she crosses paths with Ty Hauck since he is investigating a murder that happened the same day and that seems related to what happened to Karen’s husband’s death. The story builds further since Karen’s husband, Charles, works in the financial industry and there seems to be problems regarding the hedge funds he was involved with. 
        The story does build nicely but it seems long and drawn out at times since it is building over several years. Usually in stories of this nature, it would build over several days, not weeks or years. As the mystery builds regarding Charlie Friedman’s death, clues are revealed but since the story is switching to Karen Friedman, it doesn’t seem to be necessary since more facts are coming out about what really happened to Charlie. 
          You could say that this story is a combination of a murder mystery and a psychological thriller at times since Karen is going through a lot of problems from men who seemed to be threatening her and her family about Charlie’s financial dealings. Then the story would switch to minor characters just to build the story up further. My thought was that at times, this didn’t make the story as fast-paced as it could have been since you had to keep track of so many characters in the story. 
          At times, you could say that the main characters in the story - Ty Hauck and Karen Friedman - would be in a story that someone like Harlan Coben would write. It does rank up there but I have to say that the difference is that Coben will write around one character in the story and build it up at a better pace than The Dark Tide. 
          I would say that this is a good read but 15 Seconds was much better since it centered around one character throughout the story. It made the story easier to follow without the distractions of having additional characters in the story which to me slowed the pace of the story down. Still, I would not have a problem giving this book 4 stars. 

Ron Hummer

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