Genevieve – office worker by day and pole dancer by night, finds herself implicated on a mob underworld of murder, corruption and betrayal.
She has finally escaped the stressful demands of her sales job and achieved her dream: to leave London behind and start a new life aboard a houseboat in Kent. But on the night of her boat-warming party the dream is shattered when a a body washes up beside the boat, and she recognises the victim.
As the sanctuary of the boatyard is threatened, and her life is increasingly at risk, the story of how Genevieve came to be so out of her depth unfolds, and she learns the real cost of mixing business with pleasure.
This was my second book and it has two titles: in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, it is published as Revenge of the Tide. In the USA and Canada, the same book is published as Dark Tide.
My books always start with a scene, a theme or a location and usually a couple of characters. When NaNoWriMo comes along in November I let them loose and see where they take me. In the case of Revenge of the Tide, I’ve always been fascinated by the houseboats moored on the Medway around Strood and Rochester. I imagined my main character renovating a boat and being awoken one night by a noise, then finding a body against the side of the hull. I was certain of one thing: that she recognised the person but couldn’t tell anyone who it was. I wanted to give the story a definite sense of place and I think anyone familiar with the Medway area will recognise many of the locations in the book – although there is a healthy dose of fiction to it, too, especially around the marina where the Revenge of the Tide is moored.
If you’d like to know more about why Dark Tide is so different to Into the Darkest Corner, I’ve written a blog about it here.
There are also plenty of pictures of the locations used in the book, here and here.