Great book if you like thrillers!

  • Book: Tideline
  • Location: London
  • Author: Penny Hancock



I’m not usually a fan of thrillers so I was a bit wary when I first started Tideline but from the first page I was hooked. The story is centered around Sonia, a voice coach who teaches from her home River House which is situated near the Thames. She opens the door one day to 15 year old Jez, who has come to collect an album Sonia’s husband Greg offered to lend him. Sonia invites him in and asks him to stay for a drink. During that time Sonia is overwhelmed with a desire to keep Jez in the River House in order to ‘protect’ him.

What is so interesting about this is that it’s not often you read a book from a captors point of view. Penny Hancock has created a very troubled woman in Sonia but one you almost start to feel sorry for. It was an interesting perspective to read from.

The premise of the book is quite unsettling and at times I found I had to try and read it from a more removed mindset as it is incredibly dark but I honestly couldn’t put it down. There is a twist right at the end which I didn’t see coming at all and definitely made it worth finishing.

I also enjoyed how Penny Hancock tied everything in with Sonia’s obsession with the River Thames. If you don’t like overly descriptive books then this is probably a big turn off but she often relates things back to the way the river works and a lot of Sonia’s thoughts and emotions are intertwined with descriptions of the Thames. I thought it was clever.

If you enjoy thrillers then I think this is definitely a book worth reading.

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