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Between the Tides

by Susannah Marren

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  • Sue J. (Wauwatosa, WI)
    I was really looking forward to a "page-turning" novel, as described on the back cover - I was disappointed. The main characters were self centered and annoying. The ending had an interesting twist though, which I didn't see coming. I would not recommend this book to a friend.
  • Cam G. (Murrells Inlet, SC)
    Not a feel good novel
    It took me until the climax of Between the Tides to really "get into" this novel. I did not care for any of the main characters: Charles, the ambitious and very arrogant husband of Lainie , an artist, who is consumed with her talent, Jess, Lainie's old friend, who is filled with envy of her, and will ultimately betray Lainie, and Jess' husband who is a wife abuser. This is not a "feel good" story, but one that is about arrogance, ambition and betrayal.
  • Jina H.-F. Normandy Park
    I wanted to like someone
    I like the genre of this book. Some people dislike books that change point of view or time period, but I didn't find that to be an issue. The author writes well. Vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, all that is good. On the face of it, looking at the synopsis, I should have liked it. I kept reading hoping it would improve. The problem was, I didn't like any of the characters. I thought everyone was making poor decisions and it felt like no one had any moral base. So in the end, I couldn't care less what happened. That makes a book about as unsatisfying as they come.
  • Jinny K. (Fremont, CA)
    Unreal and Unlikely
    Lainie Smith's physician husband announces one evening that he has accepted a job in suburban New Jersey and will be moving the family (parents and four children) away from Lainie's beloved New York City with it's unfettered access to water and shore environments. Lainie is an artist whose venues are shore and water paintings and constructions. i was immediately struck by this unlikely scenario-in what modern couple does one partner just make an arrangement like this without any discussion?

    This sense of unreality pervaded the book for me. The characters had little or no depth, except for the fact the the two male adults were so bullying and unlikeable. Likewise the dialogue was stilted and unnatural. Does a mother really have a conversation with her daughter in which she uses the phrase, "my darling girl" with every sentence?

    The plot was barely engaging and I kept reading just hoping things would get better.

    They didn't.
  • Elizabeth P. (Lake Elmo, MN)
    Not For Me
    I was disappointed in this novel. The subject matter is wonderful - but the execution came off flat to me. There were moments when the storyline jumped a ways ahead in just a sentence and instead of reading as "showing not telling", to me it came off as disjointed. I could not sympathize with either of the main characters or even their family members. I was not a fan and would not recommend the book.

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