Blood Tide (Paula Maguire 5)

Blood Tide (Paula Maguire 5) : A chilling Irish thriller of murder, secrets and suspense

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A missing couple. A lurking killer. A perfect storm.

Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire returns to solve a dark and dangerous case on a small Irish island in the taut and terrifying BLOOD TIDE, the fifth novel in Claire McGowan's acclaimed series. The perfect read for fans of Joy Ellis and Karin Slaughter.

'A brilliantly executed thriller with a haunting and atmospheric setting. Spine tingling' - Sunday Mirror

Called in to investigate the disappearance of a young couple during a violent storm, Paula Maguire, forensic psychologist, has mixed feelings about going back to Bone Island. Her last family holiday as a child was spent on its beautiful, remote beaches and returning brings back haunting memories of her long-lost mother.

It soon becomes clear that outsiders aren't welcome on the island, and with no choice but to investigate the local community, Paula soon suspects foul play, realising that the islanders are hiding secrets from her, and each other.

With another storm fast approaching, Paula is faced with a choice. Leave alive or risk being trapped with a killer on an inescapable island, as the blood tide rushes in...

What readers are saying about Blood Tide:

'A very clever plot with many shocking moments. The island setting added to the atmosphere as did the ongoing storm. What a terrific book'

'I caught myself holding my breath as I followed the characters avidly. This is definitely the series that keeps on giving and keeps getting better'

'A masterfully plotted and executed novel. The pace never lets up, with new developments in every chapter. An excellent read'
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 163 x 197 x 24mm | 284g
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472228219
  • 9781472228215
  • 413,618

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McGowan has created a world evocative enough to get lost in * Real Crime magazine * Nail-biting! The creepy and harsh setting . . . made the events on this island and its inhabitants even more chilling * Chillers, Killers and Thrillers blog * The perfect mix of drama, intrigue and mystery along with a dash of Northern Irish and Irish history * Ginger Book Geek blog * Another great story in an increasingly impressive series * Louise Reviews blog * An intelligent and thought-provoking read and I can't WAIT to see where Paula goes from here! * My Chestnut Reading Tree blog * I read The Silent Dead with my heart in my mouth . . . brilliant -- Erin Kelly I read The Silent Dead with my heart in my mouth . . . brilliant -- Erin Kelly This is a powerful and disturbing novel * Book Oxygen * A reminder why McGowan has been described as Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell * Independent * Astonishing, powerful and immensely satisfying -- Peter James The best of the Paula series yet; weird, intriguing, gripping and original * Stav Sherez * Page-turning * Guardian * Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell -- Ken Bruen A knockout new talent -- Lee Child A complex, disturbing, resonant novel that remains light on its feet and immensely entertaining * Irish Times * A spine-tingling, brilliantly haunting and atmospheric thriller * People * A brilliantly executed thriller with a haunting and atmospheric setting. Spine tingling * Sunday Mirror * The best of the Paula series yet; weird, intriguing, gripping and original -- Stav Sherez A delicious spookiness is added to McGowan's customary mix of complex characterisation and sweat-inducing excitement, offering a new level of chilling thrills * Sunday Express * Plenty of intrigue makes this a must read -- Fanny Blake * Woman & Home *
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About Claire McGowan

Claire McGowan grew up in a small village in Northern Ireland and now lives in London, where she runs an MA in creative writing at City University. BLOOD TIDE is Claire's sixth crime novel, and the fifth in the highly-acclaimed Paula Maguire series. She also writes women's fiction as Eva Woods.
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480 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
5 37% (176)
4 39% (188)
3 19% (92)
2 4% (18)
1 1% (6)
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