The House Between Tides
by Sarah Maine, Allen & Unwin.
A trip to the Outer Hebrides could well be on your wish list after being swept away on the tide of this story of love and intrigue. When Hetty inherits a house on one of these remote, wild islands, she has visions of transforming it into a hotel – but reality challenges that notion. Muirlan House is a crumbling ruin, the shell of its former glory. Coinciding with her first visit to Muirlan is the discovery of a secret that has been hidden for decades – human remains under the floorboards. Debut author Sarah Maine unravels the mystery by alternating Hetty’s story, set in 2010, with that of her 20th-century forebear Theo Blake, a troubled artist who recorded his love of the island and its birdlife in his paintings. She draws an enticing picture, evoking romance in both the ruggedly beautiful setting and the interactions between characters, alongside Hetty’s conflict about what to do with her inheritance. When all is revealed, one question remains… how do you pronounce the name of the character Ruairidh?