Hold Back the Tide (Hardcover)

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In a small town in the Scottish Highlands, Alva is convinced she lives with a murderer - her father. But this story isn’t about what he did to her mother. It’s about redemption, truth, first love (and last), and the terrifying secrets that live in the dark tunnels under the mountain by the loch that Alva and her father take care of.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣
This novel is an edge-of-the-seat dark fantasy horror that quickly spirals out of control, with an ending so bittersweet, I cried.⁣⁣⁣ — Angela Turon


From internationally bestselling, acclaimed author Melinda Salisbury comes a darkly seductive story of murder, betrayal, love, and family secrets in a small town in the Scottish Highlands.

Here are the rules of living with a murderer.One: Do not draw attention to yourself.Of course, when you live with a murderer, this is impossible. Even the subtlest of spectres is bound to be noticed. Which leads to the next rule.Two: If you can't be invisible, be useful.Everyone in this quiet lakeside community knows that Alva's father killed her mother, all those years ago. There wasn't enough proof to arrest him, though, and with no other family, Alva's been forced to live with her mother's murderer, doing her best to survive until she can earn enough money to run away.One of her chores is to monitor water levels in the loch-a task her father takes very seriously. Their family has been the guardian of the loch for generations. It's a cold, lonely task, and a few times, Alva can swear she feels someone watching her.But the more Alva investigates, the more she realizes that the truth can be more monstrous than lies, and that you can never escape your past . . .

About the Author

Melinda Salisbury was born in the 1980s in a landlocked city, before escaping to live by the sea. As a child, she genuinely thought Roald Dahl's Matilda was her biography. When she's not trying to unlock the hidden avenues of her mind, she's reading, writing, or traveling. She lives in the UK and can be found on Twitter as @AHintofMystery, though be warned she tweets often.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781338681307
ISBN-10: 1338681303
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: January 5th, 2021
Pages: 336
Language: English
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