Saturday, May 05, 2018
The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews
one of her enjoyable beach reads with a tight group of female friends and light humor. Wrong, in all aspects. Oh, there's a tight-knit group of friends in 1941, but they drift apart. The contemporary group of descendants never really gel.
In October 1941, three young women and a fourteen-year-old friend bury a man on Talisa Island off the Georgia coast. The story of that week is told throughout the book, in alternate chapters. Almost eighty years later, Josephine Bettendorf Warrick, who owns most of the island, wants to find her surviving friends, or their descendants. She hires a struggling attorney, Brooke Trappnell, to search for the women. Josephine has her reasons for hiring Brooke, but the ninety-nine-year-old woman never reveals them.
Brooke's desperate for work. The single mother has hospital bills for her three-year-old who broke his arm when he was playing. Once Brooke realizes Josephine wants her to find her friends or their children or grandchildren, and wants Brooke to fight the state over Talisa Island, she knows she's over her head. She reaches out to her mentor, Gabe Wynant, for help.
Brooke, Gabe, and all of the women, including Brooke's mother, Marie, gather at Talisa Island so Josephine can reveal her secrets. She intends for the women to inherit the island, but before she can finish her story, or sign her will, Josephine dies. Now, it's up to Brooke and two other women to dig into the past to find the truth.
The High Tide Club is not light and fun. Instead, it's a long, drawn out story with multiple storylines. A couple of those storylines come together, the 1941 account of the burial and the women who form "The High Tide Club" leads to the current investigation into Josephine's life. There are mysteries of paternity and death that tie them together. But, the story of Brooke's relationship with the father of her son seems to be an add-on, and one that ends abruptly without development.
I felt as if the book could have been cut in half. If I hadn't been reading it for a review, I would have quit when there was no action in the first 200 pages. On the other hand, a friend who normally doesn't care for Andrews' humorous beach books, really enjoyed this one. We all have different tastes. If you read The High Tide Club, I'd love to know what you think.
Mary Kay Andrews' website is www.marykayandrews.com
The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews. St. Martin's Press, 2018. ISBN 9781250126061 (hardcover), 448p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the book to review for a journal.