The Mercy of the Tide – Keith Rosson

Riptide, Oregon, 1983. A sleepy coastal town, where crime usually consists of underage drinking down at a Wolf Point bonfire. But then strange things start happening—a human skeleton is unearthed in a local park and mutilated animals begin appearing, seemingly sacrificed, on the town’s beaches.

The Mercy of the Tide follows four people drawn irrevocably together by a recent tragedy as they do their best to reclaim their lives—leading them all to a discovery that will change them and their town forever. At the heart of the story are Sam Finster, a senior in high school mourning the death of his mother, and his sister Trina, a nine-year-old deaf girl who denies her grief by dreaming of a nuclear apocalypse as Cold War tensions rise. Meanwhile, Sheriff Dave Dobbs and officer Nick Hayslip must try to put their own sorrows aside to figure out who, or what, is wreaking havoc on their once-idyllic town. –

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher via in exchange from an honest review.

I don’t usually like to start out with comparisons, but I feel like I have to. Stephen King. Rosson has his own personal writing style, but you can see a bit of a nod, which is acknowledged in his writing, to Stephen King.

The characters are unusual, gritty and sometimes off-putting in the best of ways. You feel compelled to keep reading even though the whole time you’re thinking ‘no, this can’t be going where I think it is, there’s no way this novel can end like that?’.

Well, it does go where you suspect and it ends so perfectly on the verge of something you both hope for and fear in terms of real endings.

I absolutely adored this novel, it had me starting out on one idea and quickly finding myself suspending my own beliefs to accept others. Such a thrill of a read! I felt touches of Thinner and perhaps It in this novel, personally.

If you’re a horror lover, this is a book you need on your shelf.



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