Elizabeth Haynes
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Revenge of the Tide

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'One of my favourite reads this year. Check the locks on your doors and windows and surrender to this obsessive thriller.’—Karin Slaughter

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Elizabeth Haynes’ second novel is a taut and gripping murder mystery introducing a compelling new heroine, Genevieve—office worker by day and pole dancer by night— who finds herself implicated in a mob underworld of murder, corruption and betrayal.

Genevieve 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 body washes up beside the boat, and Genevieve recognises the victim.

As the sanctuary of the boatyard is threatened, and Genevieve’s life seems increasingly at risk, the story of how she came to be so out of her depth is unfolded, and Genevieve finds out the real cost of mixing business with pleasure.

Elizabeth Haynes is also the author of Into the Darkest CornerHuman Remains  Never Alone and The Murder of Harriet Monckton.

Glynis Railton, Instagrammer

10 February 2020

This is my second Elizabeth Haynes novel and I’ll begin my review by saying I now know far more about pole dancing and canal boats than I ever thought I would!

Revenge of the Tide follows Genevieve, a successful London sales executive dreaming about a different kind of life. Genevieve earns good money but hates her boss and when an opportunity arises to make pots of money pole dancing she hardly thinks twice. Thus begins a double life as Genevieve and Viva. Events inevitably come to a head when she becomes more deeply embroiled in a seedy underworld, but roll on a few months and Genevieve, now living her dream life renovating a canal boat, is unaware that her past is about to catch up with her!

This page turning thriller holds your interest as you try to figure out who’s the good guy and who’s the bad, what the hidden package contains and just what is the bouncer/bodyguard up to.

Elizabeth Haynes is extremely good at developing believable characters who live ‘dual lives’. Her female characters don’t shy away from saying what they want in terms of relationships and sex, they are determined and independent but ultimately lonely and longing for companionship. Throw in a cast of nefarious men (who might not be what they first appear to be) and you’ve got a marvellous mix of intrigue and mystery.

This was the second book in my giveaway prize from Myriad Editions.

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Little Reader Library

7 March 2012

Into the Darkest Corner was my personal favourite book of 2011, an absolutely cracking read that I have happily recommended to many fellow readers and will continue to do so. Therefore, to say that I was excited in my anticipation of the author's next book would be an understatement. I was also a bit nervous; how would the author follow on from her debut, would I enjoy it, would I find it compelling too? The answer to both is a definite yes. I found the storyline gripping and I finished the book in a couple of sittings... I really enjoyed Revenge of the Tide. Roll on novel number three, please!

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Beadyjans Bookshelf

Exciting writing - this author certainly has the knack of grabbing your attention and immersing you in the storyline...The book made fabulous reading - a real page turner and virtually unputdownable.

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Peterborough Telegraph

Her first book was a runaway success so Haynes' second had a lot to live up to. I'm happy to say that from the first page I was engrossed in this gripping murder mystery; so much so that I finished it in just three sittings! Haynes is skilled at moving seamlessly from the present into the past, building up curiosity and suspense at just what Genevieve became involved in. And, unlike many other thrillers, there's no obvious answer.... It seems Elizabeth has truly found her calling as a writer and I look forward to her third novel.

Courier Mail

Dangerous stuff, mixing business with pleasure. Verdict: a thriller star on the rise.

Pretty Litter

Haynes plants tantalising snippets of what's to come, keeping the reader gripped to the book... Revenge of the Tide delivers everything I crave from a murder mystery; suspense, emotion, an element of humour, surprise, and, just when I thought I had the answers, Haynes adds another twist.


A thoroughly gripping read...This is another great book from a promising author who is fast becoming one of my favourites.


Packed with unexpected twists and turns the plot moves seamlessly from the past to the present to reveal how Genevieve got sucked in to a murky underworld of dodgy deals and violence. As Revenge of the Tide surges towards its thrilling conclusion it will give your brain a workout that's as thorough as one of Viva’s pole dancing routines!

The Age

What does compel our attention is the portrait of an alternative community afloat on barges, as well as the unfolding drama of Genevieve's recent past on the edge of a criminal world. There's much more to pole-dancing than meets the eye. Really.

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I really enjoyed Into the Darkest Corner and was looking forward to this second book. It is every bit as engaging. The style is easy to read with flashbacks leading into the present. The plot is excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent read. Plenty for reading groups to discuss.

Euro Crime

This, the second novel by Elizabeth Haynes, is as excellent as her first one... It is full of suspense and intrigue and keeps the reader hanging on its every word, as well as being very well written... Very highly recommended.

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Book After Book

Revenge of the Tide simply has everything you could possibly want from a thriller: an intelligent and feisty heroine, a mysterious packet, complicated relationships and a great cast of characters who are not always as guilty or as above suspicion as they might at first appear. Plus, Haynes’s enviable talent for dialogue and descriptions is like the icing on an already delicious cake! Do you want to add tension and intrigue to your everyday life? Read this novel. Now.'

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The Bookbag

Do you know that feeling of dread when you pick up the second book by an author whose first book pulled you in and wouldn't let you go? You're longing for it to be of the same standard with hours of indulgent, satisfying reading ahead of you, but you're equally conscious that it might be 'the difficult second book' which tells you quite clearly that this isn't going to be an author to follow. I loved Elizabeth Haynes' first book: it was our crime book of the year in 2011 and quite a few other reviewers endorsed our conclusions. This book sat on my desk for days and then I thought that it wouldn't harm just to have a look, just to get an idea of what it was like... I finished it in the small hours of the following morning. It's not long before you discover that this is the difficult-to-put-down second book. And if you haven't read Into The Darkest Corner then you really should.

Morning Star

This racy jeopardy thriller, making good use of several interesting settings, proves that Haynes' much-praised first novel was no fluke.


Haynes has created a captivating heroine in Genevieve. For all her post-sexual-revolution behaviour, she comes over as a good old-fashioned tomboy. She is practical and pragmatic, with enviable physical skills, touchingly naive, and enhanced by an uncomplicated tender heart beating beneath her tough guy image. As Haynes herself is a police intelligence analyst she is well placed to add authenticity to her skills of storytelling. Unputdownable, this thriller with a heart of gold reads like a breath of fresh air.

Sunday Express

Since Haynes is a police intelligence analyst she might have been expected to produce a conventional procedural. Instead, she plays with the form and, in doing so, subverts it. Haynes’s first book was Amazon’s Book of the Year last year so it was always going to be a tough act to follow. Revenge of the Tide... clearly shows her initial success was no accident.

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Independent on Sunday

Fear about the loss of control is at the heart of readers' obsession with crime: loss of life acts as a conduit for fears about livelihoods, relationships and bodies. That she lends Genevieve power over fear, her body and the men for whom she dances has enabled Haynes to create a character with more complexity than is usual in genre thrillers. Genevieve's fearlessness is matched only by naivety – she goes from selling financial products to selling her body with the blithe rapaciousness of a Big Brother blonde at Chinawhite. As she narrates increasingly dangerous scenarios, it feels like watching someone slip into addiction.

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Daily Mail

Elizabeth Haynes’ first novel, Into the Darkest Corner, a powerful psychological drama and portrayal of obsession, was an internet sensation last year and this, her second, is just as impressive and in much the same mould. Haynes does a great job in ratcheting up the suspense…and there are many lip-biting moments.

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