Saturday, September 14, 2019

Review - Drowning Tides

Title:   Drowning Tides
Author:  Karen Harper
Series:  South Shores #2
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
Publisher:  Mira
Format:  Audiobook
No. of Pages:   336
Date of Publication:  January 31, 2017
My Rating:  4.5 Stars


Danger is never far off

When forensic psychologist Claire Britten started working with lawyer Nick Markwood on his South Shores project, she had no idea it would endanger her life - and the life of her daughter. But when the little girl goes missing from her South Florida home and Nick insists his longtime nemesis is to blame, Claire frantically follows the trail to the Cayman Islands, desperate to save her daughter before it's too late.

Nick always knew the man who staged his father's "suicide" was out to get him, but kidnapping the child of someone he cares about is despicable. Finding the billionaire criminal is one thing - meeting his demands in order to save Claire's daughter is quite another. What he wants threatens their professional and personal interests beyond imagination - but what choice do they have when a child's life is on the line?"


A shotgun wedding of modern proportions! At the end of the first book in the South Shore series by Karen Harper, Lexi was kidnapped. Boy was the ransom price high!

Although Claire’s daughter was kidnapped, it is lawyer Nick who was the target. The focus? Claire and Nick met previously when they testified against one another. Claire as a forensic psychologist and Nick as a high-powered attorney. After that case, Nick Markwood hired Claire Britton privately in a case that was possibly a murder. 

The pair worked feverishly then to free a woman of the charge. All the while, they became increasingly close, although never crossing the line. However, Nick has a powerful enemy who devised an incredible scheme. By kidnapping Claire’s daughter, with Nick and Claire marrying as the ransom, Clayton Ames - the man that Nick is certain killed his father control Nick for life. Nick was trapped. Her could never, ever allow anything to happen to Claire or four-year-old Lexi. 

They begin married life amidst all sort of trepidation, struggling to stay alive and to also find time to explore their connection. 

Meanwhile, Claire’s ex-husband Jace just will not let go. He wants his daughter, of course, as Claire, Nick and Lexi have fled. What’s more is he wants Claire back. 

What will happen? Will Nick and Claire find real love and solidify their marriage? Well, just as book one, Casing Shadows, ended in a cliffhanger, this one does the same. So, on to book 3, Falling Darkness.


A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor (The Ohio State University) and high school literature and writing teacher. A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband Don divide their time between the midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books. Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her Scottish and English roots run deep, and where she has set many of her historical Tudor-era mysteries and her historical novels about real and dynamic British women. Karen's books have been published in many foreign languages and she won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for 2005. Karen has given numerous talks to readers and writers across the county. Her most recent books include THE SOUTH SHORES TRILOGY (CHASING SHADOWS, DROWNING TIDES and FALLING DARKNESS.) Her latest historical is THE ROYAL NANNY.


  1. I've not read this author before - looks like I should be, thanx for the lovely review

  2. This sounds similar to another book I've read, although a lot more going on.

  3. Not an authors I've heard of before but I do like the sound of her book. Great review.

  4. Great review, I am really glad you are fully enjoying reading this book series so far. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.