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Publisher's Summary

An explosion rips through New York City's Grand Central Station one morning, destroying the train Karen Friedman's husband, a successful hedge-fund manager, is riding in to work. Days later, with many bodies still unidentifiable, Karen resigns herself to the awful truth: her husband of 18 years is dead.

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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    2 out of 5 stars

wince...wince

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.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Paul
  • Portland, OR
  • 12-23-08

Chick flick in disguise

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Medicore

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Great Story but...

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

The Dark Tide

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

A really good listen

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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Barb E.
  • Sublette, KS, USA
  • 03-30-08

good story

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mcwaters
  • Corona, CA, United States
  • 04-10-08

Seriously? AWFUL!

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...

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Patterson, move over

I have always loved James Patterson but his last several books have been a disappontment. when I came across this book by Andrew Gross, I was excited as I loved his work when he co-authored with Patterson. I was not dissapointed at all. It is great!! I would drive around the block to wait to get to a part where I could stop. I would bring my ipod in just so I could continue to listen to this book. I highly recommend this book. My next purchase will be another Andrew Gross book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • Jupiter, FL, United States
  • 07-28-09

Potential mystery thriller wash out by drama.

The concept is good, it had great potential; I think that is why I was so disappointed. A well to do husband, family man, nice guy gets caught up is some bad business with the wrong people. When the train he is riding on is the target of terrorist he takes the opportunity to stage his demise and escape, leaving his family and everyone thinking the worst. The seemingly unrelated and accidental hit and run deaths add to the mystery. The shady business partners and the other subplots had me hopeful. But I never found the mystery and suspense. The detective who is suspicious ends us involved with the widow is too predictable. The writing is good but unfortunately the author never really makes it believable. Add to this the over dramatic situations and I ended up just wanting to get through the book, fast forwarding often. Did I mention over dramatic, the book should be in the drama or soap opera section. Good plot, good theme, just poor execution.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful