Monday, June 17, 2024

Book Review for Middletide by Sarah Crouch


Middletide by Sarah Crouch

Published June 11, 2024 by Atria Books

Genre:  Thriller, Murder Mystery


Taken from Goodreads: 
In this gripping and intensely atmospheric debut, disquiet descends on a small town after the suspicious death of a beautiful young doctor, with all clues pointing to the reclusive young man who abandoned the community in chase of big city dreams but returned for the first love he left behind. Perfect for fans of All Good People Here and Where the Crawdads Sing

One peaceful morning, in the small, Puget Sound town of Point Orchards, the lifeless body of Dr. Erin Landry is found hanging from a tree on the property of prodigal son and failed writer, Elijah Leith. Sheriff Jim Godbout’s initial investigation points to an obvious suicide, but upon closer inspection, there seem to be clues of foul play when he discovers that the circumstances of the beautiful doctor’s death were ripped straight from the pages of Elijah Leith’s own novel.

Out of money and motivation, thirty-three-year-old Elijah returns to his empty childhood home to lick the wounds of his futile writing career. Hungry for purpose, he throws himself into restoring the ramshackle cabin his father left behind and rekindling his relationship with Nakita, the extraordinary girl from the nearby reservation whom he betrayed but was never able to forget.

As the town of Point Orchards turns against him, Elijah must fight for his innocence against an unexpected foe who is close and cunning enough to flawlessly frame him for murder in this scintillating literary thriller that seeks to uncover a case of love, loss, and revenge.


My Thoughts:  I cannot believe this is a debut book.   Sarah Crouch wrote a murder mystery that kept me guessing and turning pages wanting to find the next clue. 

I am a reader that follows the clues that a author lays out.  If I am told to turn left, I go left and do not even think about what happens if I go right.  So I followed the clues as they were laid out and made a few guesses (they are all wrong).   When the who-dun-it was solved, I was surprised but I loved it. 

Middletide is a great book.   I found the story easy to read and enjoyed the homesteading, the small-town setting, and the second-chance love connection.  

Thank you Atria Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


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Meet the Author (taken from her website):
 Sarah Crouch is known for her accolades in the world of athletics as a professional marathon runner. Middletide is her debut novel, and is set in the Pacific Northwest where she was raised. 



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