Tideline – Penny Hancock

When fifteen year old Jez knocks on Sonia’s – a friend of his Aunt’s – door, he ends up being drugged and kept prisoner in a soundproofed music room in her house. This is a chilling, twisted story but as it is told in Sonia’s voice, you can’t help but be drawn into her ‘reasoning’ and end up empathising with her, to some extent. You are with her as her ‘madness’ grows and ‘hear’ her reasons for not freeing Jez escalate.

Running alongside this story, is the story of Sonia as a teenager and through her memories, we learn of the passionate love she had for another 15 year old boy. I really enjoyed this book and actually preferred the ‘memories’ story, even though it served to highlight Sonia’s obsessive, jealous and possessive traits. The twist, when it comes, relates to the teenage Sonia’s story and one that I hadn’t seen coming.  A fascinating, gripping thriller.

His eyes close and his head falls to one side.  I’m alarmed by my own audacity.  And yet I feel an incredible calm sweep over me that I’ve got him.

He’s mine.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Judith
    May 30, 2012 @ 22:29:05

    Great review! Just finished reading Sonia’s story and was also drawn into her warped way of thinking. Penny Hancock created a wonderful sense of place/atmosphere. Her characters were 3 dimensional. A gripping read that I would highly recommend. Judi


  2. BryOak
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 10:33:07

    Glad you enjoyed it so much too, Judi. The sense of place and atmosphere is certainly authentic.


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