The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews
Published May 8, 2018
Hardcover, 480 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 4/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & St. Martin’s Press, I received an eARC)
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Weekenders comes a delightful new novel about new love, old secrets, and the kind of friendship that transcends generations.
When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons Brooke Trappnell to Talisa Island, her 20,000 acre remote barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never met her. Josephine’s cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter with Brooke, who is an attorney, but Brooke knows that Mrs. Warrick has long been a client of a prestigious Atlanta law firm.
Over a few meetings, the ailing Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, secrets, betrayal and a long-unsolved murder. She tells Brooke she is hiring her for two reasons: to protect her island and legacy from those who would despoil her land, and secondly, to help her make amends with the heirs of the long dead women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club—so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades—Millie, Ruth and Varina. When Josephine dies with her secrets intact, Brooke is charged with contacting Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women who’ve actually never met.
The High Tide Club is Mary Kay Andrews at her Queen of the Beach Reads best, a compelling and witty tale of romance thwarted, friendships renewed, justice delivered, and true love found.
This was my first read by this highly popular author and will absolutely not be my last. I would say this would be a great beach read, it’s a lot of pages, but easy to follow and fly through. I enjoyed every aspect of this book evenly, which is unusual because I normally find myself liking one story line more than others.
Brooke is definitely one of my all time favorite characters, she is independent, determined and just an overall good person. I found myself enjoying all of the characters, yes even Josephine! It was one of those books where when you find out the reasoning behind each characters actions, everything just works. The mystery involving the High Tide Club’s past was very intriguing.
I enjoyed the past and present chapters, it helped everything to roll out at exactly the right time to bring all the story lines together. It was a great way to add in the backstory. I thought the multiple story lines really worked in this book and kept me guessing how things were going to unravel. I thought the pacing throughout the book was really well, it wasn’t rushed nor too slow. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep your interest throughout the whole book.