I received a copy of this book from @scholastic_au in exchange for my honest review.
Hold Back the Tide follows the protagonist Alva Douglas as she works to uncover a long held mystery surrounding her village.
“Be a ghost in your own home, if that’s what it takes. After all, you can’t kill a ghost.”-pg. 1 Hold Back the Tide, Melinda Salisbury
I only read one line of the blurb before jumping into this read:
“Here are the rules of living with a murderer…”
That sold me instantly. I was expecting an atmospheric, moody, YA thriller set in the mountains.
Chapter one was phenomenal, it hooked me right from the beginning, the mood was set, it sounded very creepy and had me expecting some heart-pumping mysteries. There was a killer in their midst.
Unfortunately this book ended up being something completely unexpected. The story took a paranormal twist and I was hoping for a story set closer to our reality.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a spooky read and after uncovering the real mystery I had chills running down my spine. There was something about this plot that felt very familiar and for that reason I found this to be a very quick and easy read.
However, the hook from chapter one was set aside for the majority of the book, and in the end I wasn’t impressed with how that plot point was tied up.
The characters were easy to read about, I think that if their arcs had been expanded on a little more this could have been more of a favourite. However, I finished the book feeling a little dissapointed with the direction it took and I found the ending to be predictable.
Overall, I think the writing style was fantastic, I devoured this book in one sitting. I just wish that the entire book was as strong as the first chapter. I would recommend this book to YA readers that are looking for something more on the scary side.