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Dark Tide Rising–disappointing

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Dark Tide Rising

by Anne Perry

Dark Tide RisingI know that Anne Perry is a celebrated author with two main series and many other books to her credit. Therefore, I was really looking forward to reading this work of historical fiction, a genre I have come to enjoy recently. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. A lot of Dark Tide Rising centers around a betrayal that is central to understanding the kidnapping and murder of Kate Exeter. When I say “a lot,” I mean Perry belabors the points to the extent of redundancy. Also, I figured out the identity and motive of the murderer early on in the book. The last courtroom scene of the book is interesting as it establishes proof of the murderer and motives for the actions of some of the minor characters. Another overly emphasized point is that Monk’s wife Hester served with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War. Although Nightingale has long had my admiration, I do not think any and every association with her needs to be touted as proof of a woman’s fortitude. On a positive note, I did enjoy learning about the Thames River Police.

Although I was anxious to bring this book to a close, I am open to reading another by this author. I want to determine if the problem is this particular book or if Perry’s books are just not a good fit for me.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Random House (Ballantine) for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3/5

Category: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Notes: #24 in the Monk series, but works as a standalone

Publication:  September 18, 2018—Random House (Ballantine)

Memorable Lines:

Monk himself ached in every bone, but how much was bruising and minor cuts, and how much the torture of utter failure, he did not yet know.

And what other secrets would the search lay bare? Perhaps it was selfish in the face of such grief to think of personal fears, not yet realized, but he could not discard them. When he lay alone and silent in the dark, there was nothing to hold them at bay.


  1. Sorry about that the book was disappointing. I would suggest the earlier book Charlotte and Thomas Pitt early books. Hester is one of Perry’s main characters and she wasn’t really in this story. I have read most of the Monk stories. Some time ago Perry started hit on environment factors and her political ideas. I stopped reading most of late books and I will read Monk but she I s using in this book similar to the Pitt books.

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  2. carhicks says:

    I have not read any of this series and with so many in it, I probably won’t start now. Nice, honest review Linda. I agree that if something is belabored it can take away from the story and the reader will lose interest. Better luck with the next one you try.

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  3. Cozynookbks says:

    Candid review Linda. Too bad this one didn’t work for you.

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  4. I’ve read the first in this series and really enjoyed it. Enough so, that I believe I have the next five in the series, along with a few in the Pitt series…but apparently not enough to have found time to read more of them! Regardless, maybe read the first book in the series, and if it doesn’t appeal to you, she might not be for you?

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    • lghiggins says:

      Interesting that you have more books in the series, but haven’t read them. I would say that is indicative of a lack of enthusiasm, BUT I have any number of unread books in my iPad kindle that I downloaded because I like the author and/or the series and saw a good deal on it. There are just too many good books out there!😏 Your suggestion of going back to the first one is a good thought. Thanks for the input.

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