The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine

The House Between Tides

An atmospheric debut novel about a woman who discovers the century-old remains of a murder victim on her family’s Scottish estate, plunging her into an investigation of its mysterious former occupants.Following the death of her last living relative, Hetty Deveraux leaves London and her strained relationship behind for Muirlan, her ancestral home in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. She intends to renovate the ruinous house into a hotel, but the shoc...

Details The House Between Tides

TitleThe House Between Tides
Release DateAug 2nd, 2016
PublisherAtria Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Cultural, Scotland, Gothic

Reviews The House Between Tides

  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 Hetty, the last of her bloodline inherits Muirlan House on Scotland's Outer Hebrides. She has plans to repair and turn it into a fashionable hotel with golf course. The house though would take a fortune to repair and when a young architect with ties to the island finds bones under one of the floors a mystery begins. Whose bones are these and how did they get there?Dual storylines, time periods, from the present back to 1910 when a painter, He...
  • Dale Harcombe
    The setting of the crumbling mansion in the Outer Hebrides is portrayed well. A place that is accessible only when it is low tide makes for an atmospheric feel. Some of the descriptive writing is beautiful. I liked the character of Beatrice the story set in 1910, but was not as enamoured as the story in 2010 as I found Hetty to be largely a passive character. The secrets that the house has buried I thought were fairly predictable, despite a few h...
  • Sheila
    3 stars--I liked the book.This is one of those dual timeline novels, with family secrets galore and someone in the present trying to determine what happened in the past. I enjoy this genre, and think readers who like Kate Morton, etc., will enjoy this book. The Scotland setting is lovely, and characterization is vivid.I would have given this four stars except the main character in the present-day chapters, Hetty, was the biggest doormat of all ti...
  • Book of Secrets°ღ
    THE HOUSE OF TIDES drew me in with its eerie crumbling mansion complete with a mysterious skeleton hidden inside. The story is set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, and the land upon which Muirlan House sits is only accessible when the tides are out. The author created a wonderfully creepy Gothic atmosphere with this tumbledown house and isolated location.The story alternates between different time periods - 2010, when Hetty inherits the house, ...
  • Holly
    I couldn't put this book down. It was atmospheric, had that gothic feel to it, & throughout, I felt the isolation that Beatrice felt. It one of those books that I get lost in, not because so much is happening but because of the wonderful storytelling.
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    The House Between Tides is one of those books that I have wanted to read for a long time, I just never got the time for it. But, I've decided to go through my ARC's and read the ones that I've been meaning to read. And, I started with this one. The House Between Tides title, description, and cover captured my imagination. The discovery of a hidden body that's been buried for decades is not the start Hetty had counted on when she arrives at the ol...
  • Susan Johnson
    This book is being compared to Rebecca and books by Kate Morton and it is somewhat. It is set in beautiful Scotland in the Outer Hebrides and is about a house. The house's access is controlled by the tides and is quite isolated. It's owned by famed artist, Theo Blake, and where he brings his young wife, Beatrice after their marriage in 1910. The story fluctuates between Beatrice and Hetty who inherits it 2010. The house and estate are run by the ...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    From 1910 to 2010, The Isle of Skye, inherited castles, and human bones.THE HOUSE BETWEEN TIDES takes us back to 1910 when Theo and Beatrice Blake spent their summers in Muirlan House in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and then to present day when Hetty inherits the ruins of the house with hopes of turning it into a hotel.Theo and Beatrice Blake didn't do too much to make Muirlan House a home so when Hetty arrived to see her inheritance many years...
  • Ceecee
    There was a lot a really liked about this book, not least the Hebridean setting which was captured extremely well and made me want to jump on the next ferry from Skye! It was set in two different timelines of 1910/11 and 2010 and I thought that the difficulties of the varying times were dealt with well. I liked a lot of the characters in particular Beatrice from 1910 and Hetty from 2010. Even the characters who were quite odious (Giles from 2010 ...
  • Jess (Primrose)
    Sarah Maine fabulously crafts a story feeding the reader tiny morsels at time. The first portion of this book is spent setting the scene in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides as Hetty Devereaux arrives to inspect the family ancestral home she has inherited. Orphaned and hopeful to start a hotel in the manor, she discovers the crumbling home is isolated, not easily accessed, and possessing a century old corpse. Flashback to the home's occupants in 1910, ...
  • Samantha
    I wanted to like this. Badly. I didn't.I kept waiting for the book to improve, or maybe just for ANYTHING at all to happen, but alas, what we have here is one of the worst faux-gothic novels I've encountered in quite some time.I'm surprised anyone even attempted to pass this off as gothic. It's a slow build, sure, but that's got more to do with the fact that it's a draggy, boring plot than it does with structured gothic story-building. And most i...
  • Ferdy
    2.5 starsThe Outer Hebrides setting was excellent, everything else ranged between meh and somewhat interesting.The 2010 storyline was a chore to get through, mainly because of insipid Hettie, she was completely unlikeable and had no spine whatsoever or brain for that matter. She was a mouse who could barely speak up for herself, she let everyone constantly undermine her and treat her like an idiot. And her tragic backstory was totally boring, I w...
  • Teresa
    This story is set in dual time lines exactly one hundred years apart, in 1910 and 2010. The chapters that deal with the past are definitely the best part of the book.Hetty in the present day is almost a nonentity pushed around by her annoying boyfriend. She meets James in Scotland and he comes across as an arrogant bully. I couldn't take to them at all.So why the five stars?For the wonderful, lyrical and descriptive writing!I could hear the sea t...
  • Jeanette Lewis
    The author has created a beautiful and dramatic setting to this story where the reader is transported to the West Coast of Scotland with it’s blustering cold winds and fierce seas. A past and present day story, 1910 and 2010, a family saga that on the surface seems that it could be fairly straight forward, however the author introduces a buried skeleton relatively early in the story that surfaces when building inspections are taking place on th...
  • C.
    “The House Between Tides”, Sarah Maine's 2014 début proved her an excellent storyteller with memorable characters. She crafted plots in which I remained invested. People will enjoy it, if they know it does not entail the tone or even the genre implied by the description. I was pleased to dig into the tantalizing scenario of a woman exploring a house but this was not the case. It is a shell Hetty only explores twice; both times with an island...
  • Fran
    The Western Isles off mainland Scotland is the locale for Muirlan House a crumbling Gothic- like mansion inherited by Hetty Deveraux. Hetty is the last surviving relative of Emily Blake, sister of Theo Blake, chief resident, painter, bird cataloguer and mad man who drowned himself in 1912.Hetty visits Muirlan House to assess the potential of turning the manse into a hotel. It will be a fresh start since she is reeling from the death of her parent...
  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
    When a novel includes a crumbling estate, an inheritance, a mystery and a dark secret then I've got to read it and The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine has it all.Set in Scotland, the landscape is truly the main character in this novel. It's wild and atmospheric and you can almost feel the wind in your hair, lick the salt spray from your lips and hear the squawk of the birds in the air. Unfolding in dual time frames, we learn the present story ...
  • Cindy Burnett
    3.5 starsThe House Between Tides was an interesting read. The story takes place in a variety of time periods which got a little confusing a few times. I really liked the storyline in 2010 with Hetty inheriting Muirlin, her family home in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. The descriptions of that area were wonderful and made me want to visit. I think a map of the house, the additional buildings, and the island would be a great addition to the book so t...
  • Dorine
    Reminiscent of the Gothics of the 1970s, THE HOUSE BETWEEN TIDES by Sarah Maine takes the reader on a stimulating stroll through two time periods, igniting the senses with a classic mysterious aura. The moodiness of the location easily placed my mind on holiday in the past while unraveling the mystery in the present.For more book reviews, plus travel, garden and food topics with photos, visit The Zest Quest, my pursuit of a zestful life.It took m...
  • Judy Collins
    British author, Sarah Maine, delivers an atmospheric mysterious and suspenseful debut, THE HOUSE BETWEEN TIDES —a compelling mix of historic, Gothic and contemporary. A mystery of two women a century apart.From 1889 (Theo), 1910 (Beatrice) - 1945 to present, 2010, (Hetty) a woman returns to an inherited home and discovers a hidden secret. A crumbling mansion, an estate in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. With the intentions of renovating and s...
  • Sally906
    The house between tides is an eerie, tumbling down and abandoned mansion. Set in the beautiful Outer Hebrides of Scotland, Muirlan House sits on a tiny island joined to another island by a land bridge that is only accessible when the tides are out. The new owner, Hetty, arrives to inspect her inheritance on the very day that a skeleton is found hidden beneath the rotting floorboards. Slowly the story works towards the resolution of who the body i...
  • Deborah
    Many have already said this, I realise, but The House between Tides by Sarah Maine reminded me very much of Kate Morton's work.This book started a little slowly for me. I wasn't immediately engaged in either the events of 'now' or those of 1910. I liked both of our main protagonists however: the somewhat down-trodden Hetty; and the coming-into-her-own Beatrice respectively and kept turning the pages eager to learn their stories.Theo Blake's famil...
  • PennsyLady (Bev)
    The House Between Tidesby Sarah MaineI loved Sarah Maine's debut novel.A part of that is attributable to the reading by Justine Eyre.The story revolves around a crumbling ancestral mansion.Hetty Devereaux (2010) has inherited an estate in Scotland'sOuter Hebrides.Our second protagonist is Beatrice Blake (1910) who then inhabits the estate with husband Theo, a celebrated painter.This is a novel of atmospheric suspense..Sarah Maine beautifully comm...
  • Sherrie
    One of the best books I've read this year! Couldn't put it down. Its a crime, thriller, historical but above all a love story, not my thing at all usually. It has unexpected twists and turns which I never saw coming, and a degree of sadness which lasts through the book. And of course a murder, the identity only revealed near the end!
  • Dilushani Jayalath
    *Kindly received and ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*These are one of those rare gem-like books you found in Netgalley. This was such an amazing book, beautifully written, cleverly suspenseful and brilliantly put together.There wasn't a word I skipped in this one and I loved every single thing about this one. This is one of those book where the thrill and suspense is crafted in just perfect.The story was intriguing. I loved ho...
  • Book Gala
    This book centers around a house on an island off the coast of Scotland, and two women who are involved with it. Hetty, who lives in modern day London, is the last of her line and inherits the house; she plans to turn it into a hotel. Beatrice, who lives in 1910, is married to Theo Blake, Hetty's indirect relative and the owner of the house. A skeleton is discovered underneath the floor in the modern day, and the story goes from there. I found Be...
  •  Nyarlathotep Twelfth Month The Haunted Reading Room
    Review of THE HOUSE BETWEEN TIDES by Sarah MaineThis debut novel is so reminiscent of the favourite authors of the early 20th century, such as Daphne DuMaurier and Isak Dinesen, in its ability to transport the reader into locale, multiple eras, and inside the minds and hearts of the characters. The main character is the stately mid-Victorian manse, Muirlan House, set inexplicably and dangerously on Muirlan Strand, in the Hebridean Isles, a land o...
  • Krista
    I so wanted this is be better than it was. It took reading over half the book before I became invested in the characters and the storyline. Once that happened, I couldn't put the book down. If only the whole book could have been as good as the last half.
  • Erica Locke
    The writing was beautiful and the ending shocked me, but I was bored for the most part.