On that same day, a suspicious hit-and-run accident leaves a young man dead in Karen's hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut. Ty Hauck, a detective, becomes emotionally caught up in the case and finds a clue that shockingly connects the two seemingly unrelated events.
Months later, two men show up at Karen's home digging into Charles's business dealings. Hundreds of millions of dollars are missing - and the trail points squarely to Charles. With doubt suddenly cast on everything she has ever known, Karen, with Hauck, steps into a widening storm of hedge-fund losses, international scams, and murder. And as the investigations converge, these two strangers touched by tragedy are pulled into a deepening relationship and unwittingly open the door to a twisted - and deadly - conspiracy.
With its breakneck pacing, plentiful twists, compelling characters, and abundant heart, The Dark Tide confirms Andrew Gross' place as a master storyteller at the top of his game.
©2008 Andrew Gross; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
"While the reader will occasionally see the next drop, tunnel or curve looming far ahead, the roller-coaster thrills are still there in abundance." (Publishers Weekly)
I keep wincing as I listen to this book. The reader bothers me with her interpretation and acting skills. The book is so obvious that I smell the twists and turns before we arrive at the bend in the road.
Reader warning: This is a romance novel in disguise. If there is a book equilvalent of a chick flick, this book is it. If the reader said, "Oh Charlie, what have you done", I would have thrown up. Finishing this book was a chore and I would not recommend it as a mystery-detective novel. If you like fantasy romances with a little mystery, then this is the book for you.
I had a hard time with this particular read due to the narrator and the inexplicable use of "musical" interludes or transitions. If it were possible I would have done a fast forward through the music but had to endure its annoying interference with the flow of the story. As for the narration; I have listened to over 100 books downloaded from Audible and this was the worst I have ever encountered. It was a real disappointment.
The book was mediocre at best. Plot was promising but not well executed. The portrayal of the main female character as a naive, whining, over emotional woman was weak. In most of the 100 plus chapters there was at least one scene about how "Charlie" wronged his wife and family- this was boring and repetitive, adding nothing to the flow of the book. Overall, a weak effort. I likely won't buy another book by Gross.
I loved the content of the book, but the narrator was just awful. Every time she said the name Ty is was a plaintive whine much like a cat in heat. It truly is a shame to have such a great book be diminished by a bad narrator.
This book is the perfect storm of a bad book and a terrible narrator (that quavering voice gives me nightmares). I am looking forward to the glad day when the whole dog's breakfast will be over and the silly, dopey -- and whiney, oh can she whine -- Karen will be no more. Since I work in Old Greenwich, if I could find her, I'd do her in myself.
For Gross, no idea or emotion can be offered up once but repeated and repeated until the poor listener is almost driven mad. Add that to the fact that about every 6th page someone's heart is almost stopped, or pounding or given to some other malady because of shock and you get the idea.
I have so come to hate most of the characters that the only thing that keeps me going is the hope that the villians will succeed and the main characters will get their throats deservedly slit. That's unlikely though. That would require some sort of plotting where you cannot see what's coming at least 100 pages ahead.
Save your credits. Go try Donna Leon or someone.
One of the worst books I have listened to in quite some time - maybe ever - and one of the worst readers. The narrator is so consistently whiney it is laughable, and the author's vocabulary seems to be limited to "God Damn it Charlie"'" "Why, Charlie, why'" and "We were a family, Charlie." Add to that the fact that the story was weak and totally transparent and the result is a real loser.
The character mix of Beautful-But-Wronged blonde and Tough Cop could be a recipe for a real ho-hum read. However, Andrew Gross has not only managed to create an old fashioned love story, but he has done it with sensitivity and elegance, whilst keeping the tension wire tight and the reader guessing. A fine thriller. Give me more!
This is a good story, but when this author writes conversation, it is SOOOO irritating. He says the name of whoever they are talking to, over and over again. "I don't have to justify anything to you Karen. Important people, Karen" Come on. I'm rolling my eyes and can't wait for this book to be over. It is so annoying. It is a pretty good story, but I have it figured out.
Of all the audiobooks I have listened to in the past 5 years, this is only the
second book, that I will NOT be listening to for a second time. I have heard only
one female narrator that didn't hurt the piece, and that was on "The Historian."
I got this book because of the recommendation given by CNN host Glenn Beck. I don't
know if I can go off of his recommended list again. I almost didn't finish the book.
The novel itself is nothing more than a self indulgence of middle-aged angst of a
woman who loses her husband in a "terrorist attack" then struggles when evidence
arises that her husband may not have died. The messenger is **SHOCK OF ALL SHOCKS**
a similar-aged (both emotionally and chronologically) Conn. detective. After the
first half of the book, the two may as well be 12 year olds hitting each other on
the playground, rather than speaking to one another. I haven't finished the book
yet, and it will be difficult to finish. It is unbelievable how much excessive
description is given on the most pointless things.
Lord have mercy, this was bad in so many ways...
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