The Turning Tide
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The Turning Tide


A thriller about secrets and lies, from an author who knows what it's like to lead a secret life...

Erykah Macdonald has a nice life – the kind of life you’re meant to want. But she’s about to cross a line.

Several hundred miles away in the shallow waters of a Hebridean island, a body is found. It’s been in the water long enough to make identification tricky, but it’s clear this is no accidental death.

Erykah knows she’s about to make a choice you can’t reverse – but she’s lived with secrets most of her life and she thinks she’s ready. The trouble is, there are far worse secrets than her own about to emerge.

If she’s going to keep her head above water, Erykah must leave behind her comfortable life and start breaking rules.

Title:The Turning Tide
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:288 pages

    The Turning Tide Reviews

  • Joanne Robertson
    Jan 18, 2016

    I had been looking forward to this due to having read this author as Belle de Jour and found her to be an intelligent and observant raconteur. Combining that with a fictional debut set in Scotland wit...

  • Liz Barnsley
    Dec 07, 2016

    **3.5 stars**Enjoyed this one although I did find it a little convoluted and all over the place for the first bit. Wasn't really sure what the point was going to be. Really well written though so I st...

  • Matthew
    Jan 03, 2016

    This is a great read. A well paced thriller, with an intriguing and unusual set up, and plenty of murky goings on to hold the interest! The various strands of the story benefit from care and attention...

  • Chris Nicholson
    Jan 03, 2016

    I wasn't certain what to expect from this book. A Taggart or Rebus set in the Highlands? However, what followed was a surprise and a delight. It's closer in tone to something like Andorra, with it's e...

  • Laura
    Feb 09, 2016

    Reviewed on The Turning Tide is a gritty and at times quite shocking thriller which has elements of political and social commentary mixed with well-written descriptions of Scottish...

  • Adrienne Twain-witton
    Jan 06, 2016

    I really loved this book. My only problem with it was that it wasn't obviously set up as a series, and I want more. There's no neat way to categorize this book. It's a thriller, but not a police proce...

  • Marina Sofia
    Jan 12, 2016

    An entertaining read, something between thriller and chick lit, with enough topical satire and amusing turns of phrase to keep you powering through till the end....

  • Alex Sarll
    Jan 11, 2016

    As Belle de Jour, Brooke Magnanti wrote smart, funny, hot accounts of her life as a call-girl which were head and shoulders (and other parts) above the rest of the noughties sex memoir vogue. Her prev...

  • Luke
    Jan 02, 2016

    Brooke Magnanti has written a number of books as the more salaciously autobiographical (and until recently, private) Belle de Jour. The Turning Tide is the first fiction work published under her own n...

  • Paul
    Jan 04, 2016

    A complex & compelling thriller, intricately plotted & securely rooted in social and political events of the past few years. Readers of Brooke Magnanti's previous work will be unsurprised by the sharp...

About Brooke Magnanti

Brooke Magnanti

Brooke Magnanti is a forensic scientist and writer, who, until her identity was revealed in November 2009, was known by the pen name Belle de Jour.While completing her doctoral thesis, in 2003 and 2004, Magnanti worked as a call girl. Her diary, published as the anonymous blog Belle de Jour: Diary of a London Call Girl became popular, as speculation surrounded the identity of Belle de Jour. Magnan