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Hold Back The Tide – Melinda Salisbury [Blog Tour – Book Review]

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HOLD BACK THE TIDE <- Preorder Link

About the Book:

From internationally bestselling, acclaimed author Melinda Salisbury comes a darkly seductive story of murder, betrayal, love, and family secrets in a small town in the Scottish Highlands.


Here are the rules of living with a murderer.

One: Do not draw attention to yourself.

Of course, when you live with a murderer, this is impossible. Even the subtlest of spectres is bound to be noticed. Which leads to the next rule.

Two: If you can’t be invisible, be useful.


Everyone in this quiet lakeside community knows that Alva’s father killed her mother, all those years ago. There wasn’t enough proof to arrest him, though, and with no other family, Alva’s been forced to live with her mother’s murderer, doing her best to survive until she can earn enough money to run away.


One of her chores is to monitor water levels in the loch-a task her father takes very seriously. Their family has been the guardian of the loch for generations. It’s a cold, lonely task, and a few times, Alva can swear she feels someone watching her.


But the more Alva investigates, the more she realizes that the truth can be more monstrous than lies, and that you can never escape your past …


4 Stars

What an interesting book. I finished it in two days and enjoyed every moment. I do not think I have read many books which take place in Scotland so this was a new experience for me. It was the right amount of creepy and awesome at the same time.

Alva is a strong character, and I was rooting for her the whole time. She is doing the best she can living with her dad and knowing what he has done. But she knows there is more to life and wants to escape. This is something we can all relate to one time or another because of how the world can be. My life has never been as crazy, but I know the feeling of just wanting to get away from the past. 

The creepy in the book was great. When it was revealed what was going on, I was shocked and intrigued. The story keeps moving at a good pace, and I was riveted all the way until the end. 

This book will leave you gasping for breath at the end for how she ends the book was so intense. I was like wow, that was an ending. This is a fab middle grade book that would be perfect for 12 and up who love creepy stories. 

A huge thank you. to Terminal Tours and Scholastic for for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Melinda Salisbury was born in the 1980s in a landlocked city, before escaping to live by the sea. As a child, she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matilda was her biography. When she’s not trying to unlock the hidden avenues of her mind, she’s reading, writing, or traveling. She lives in the UK and can be found on Twitter as @MESalisbury, though be warned she tweets often.

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