Tom Baxter and his wife, Sarah, have decided to leave England and retire to the peace and tranquillity of a remote, run-down, hill farm on the island of La Palma, in the Canaries. What should have been a relaxed and stress-free retirement rapidly turns into a nightmare of epic proportions when the volcanic ridge underneath their new home begins to erupt, and threatens to trigger a mega-tsunami with the potential to wipe out every city on the Atlantic coast of North America. With the spotlight of global media attention focused on their island home, the couple are soon caught up in a rapidly changing set of deadly events which ultimately transforms their lives, and the lives of many tens of thousands of people in the Canary Islands and beyond.
When The Tide Goes Out is quite different to the usual style of books I read. It is a thriller but of the environmental kind.
Having just spent our summer holiday in the Canary Islands I have to say I am glad I did not read this book before or during it.
The authors description of the islands are very picturesque and idyllic. He very much brings to life the scenery which was wonderful, saying that though he very much brought to life the devastation that is caused and left behind by a natural disaster. This for me was quite uncomfortable in parts to read but was very well written.
The story itself is set over 6 days and flicks between quite a few different characters. My favourite characters were Tom who lives in a remote part of the island with his dog Daisy and Consquela who is estranged from her husband and is trying to make a fresh start.
Through the characters current lives, the reader sees the chaos of loss and devastation as it starts to happen. It certainly makes for some tense reading in parts as you have no idea which, in fact if any, of the characters are going to survive.
When The Tide Goes Out is a thrilling and tense read. I can’t compare it to any other books as have read nothing similar but if you love films like 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow you will certainly love this book.
Many thanks to the author for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.
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