The Dark Tide
by Andrew Gross
“Ty Hauck” series Book #1
On the morning Karen Friedman learns that her husband, a hedge fund manager, has been tragically killed, Detective Ty Hauck begins his investigation of another man’s death in a suspicious hit-and-run in Karen’s hometown. The two seemingly unrelated tragedies are about to plunge a beautiful widow and a determined investigator into a maelstrom of murder, vast sums of missing money, and international conspiracy.
Review: Fast-paced, deception, lies, conspiracies, plot-twists… excellent!
One morning, while at her yoga class, Karen Friedman, along with everyone there, learns of the bombing at Grand Central Station. At first, Karen feels horrible for the people involved in some way. Until that same horror starts to sink in – her husband had taken the train to work that morning after bringing the car in for servicing. Trying not to panic, she tries to reach him – but he’s gone. The first bomb was set off in the first two cars, and Charlie always sat in the first car. There’s nothing left of him to identify – only part of his briefcase was found.
A year later, with the kids away for the night, Karen is determined to watch the documentary on TV. Just when she watch anymore, reaching for the remote to turn it off, whose face does she see? But it can’t be … can it? Is Charlie really still alive?
Nearly a week goes by when Karen finally decides she needs to talk to someone about this. She won’t tell the kids – they were just as devastated as she was when Charlie was supposedly killed. Recording the documentary on a DVR, she takes it to detective Ty Hauck.
She had met Ty previously when he came to her home. On the day of the bombing, he had been at a case of hit and run, and Charlie’s name and number had been in the kid’s pocket. Ty’s about the only one she can trust.
And that’s when the fun begins. Ty takes a leave of absense, determined to find answers for Karen. Conspiracies, lies, deception, Karen can’t believe her husband of 18 years was even involved. But the biggest shocker is actually finding Charlie and hearing his confession. Only, it doesn’t stop there.
**Great book! Had a hard time putting it down.
Karen is a strong woman, in mind and body. Determined, she wants to hear the entire thing from Charlie’s mouth, face-to-face – she and their children deserve that much. Once she latches on, like a pitbull, doesn’t let go.
Ty has lived a hell in his past, one that he actually couldn’t get passed, until he met Karen. But with Karen in his life, he moves forward, looking to the future, feeling emotions deep down that he never thought he’d feel again. Just as determined as she is, he breaks laws he’d sworn to uphold to get to the bottom of the whole matter, and it nearly cost them their lives.
From bombs to hit-and-runs, to connections in between… From plot-twist to plot-twist, conspiracies, lies and deception, this one had it all. There was a little romance put in, but I felt it was more like an on the side type of deal. While I did feel something between Karen and Ty, it wasn’t as strong a spark as it could have been. I also felt that when the action starts, the dialogue suffered a little – well, enough that I can’t give this one a full five stars.
Regardless, great mystery, great plot, enough action to satisfy, and emotions roll throughout. Excellent read!