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The House Between Tides

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  6,896 ratings  ·  780 reviews
Fans of Kate Morton will love this atmospheric and immersive debut novel of a woman who returns to her ancestral home in Scotland and discovers a century-old secret buried in the basement.

Following the deaths of her last living relatives, Hetty Deveraux leaves her strained marriage behind in London and returns to her ancestral home, a crumbling estate in Scotland’s Outer H
Paperback, 380 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Freight Books (first published March 24th 2014)
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Carole Neithercut You’re probably not interested anymore as it’s two years since you asked this question, but I’ve only just discovered this book. I’m convinced Sarah M…moreYou’re probably not interested anymore as it’s two years since you asked this question, but I’ve only just discovered this book. I’m convinced Sarah Maine is describing the tidal Isle of Valley on the north coast of North Uist an island in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. Valley House is a Scottish Baronial mansion house which was built by Erskine Beveridge a Scottish textile manufacturer and historian in 1901-02. We visited the islands last summer but didn’t have time to walk to Valley and see the house. If you look on the website Valley House, Valley, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, 14 May 2014 there are beautiful photographs of the island and the ruined mansion.(less)
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Diane S ☔
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Hetty, the last of her bloodline inherits Muirlan House on Scotland's Outer Hebrides. She has plans to repair and turn it into a fashionable hotel with golf course. The house though would take a fortune to repair and when a young architect with ties to the island finds bones under one of the floors a mystery begins. Whose bones are these and how did they get there?

Dual storylines, time periods, from the present back to 1910 when a painter, Hetty's ancestor brings his new wife to Muirlan. Thi
Dale Harcombe
The setting of the crumbling mansion in the Outer Hebrides is portrayed well. A place that is accessible only when it is low tide makes for an atmospheric feel. Some of the descriptive writing is beautiful. I liked the character of Beatrice the story set in 1910, but was not as enamoured as the story in 2010 as I found Hetty to be largely a passive character. The secrets that the house has buried I thought were fairly predictable, despite a few hints trying to focus attention another way. At ti ...more
3 stars--I liked the book.

This is one of those dual timeline novels, with family secrets galore and someone in the present trying to determine what happened in the past. I enjoy this genre, and think readers who like Kate Morton, etc., will enjoy this book. The Scotland setting is lovely, and characterization is vivid.

I would have given this four stars except the main character in the present-day chapters, Hetty, was the biggest doormat of all time. Bland and spineless, Hetty does nothing but li
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I couldn't put this book down. It was atmospheric, had that gothic feel to it, & throughout, I felt the isolation that Beatrice felt. It one of those books that I get lost in, not because so much is happening but because of the wonderful storytelling. ...more
Diana | Book of Secrets
THE HOUSE OF TIDES drew me in with its eerie crumbling mansion complete with a mysterious skeleton hidden inside. The story is set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, and the land upon which Muirlan House sits is only accessible when the tides are out. The author created a wonderfully creepy Gothic atmosphere with this tumbledown house and isolated location.

The story alternates between different time periods - 2010, when Hetty inherits the house, and at the turn of the last century, when artist T
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The House Between Tides is one of those books that I have wanted to read for a long time, I just never got the time for it. But, I've decided to go through my ARC's and read the ones that I've been meaning to read. And, I started with this one.

The House Between Tides title, description, and cover captured my imagination. The discovery of a hidden body that's been buried for decades is not the start Hetty had counted on when she arrives at the old house she has inherited. And, her restoration
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
From 1910 to 2010, The ​I​sle of Skye, inherited castles, and human bones.

THE HOUSE BETWEEN TIDES takes us back to 1910 when Theo and Beatrice Blake spent their summers in Muirlan House in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and then to present day when Hetty inherits the ruins of the house with hopes of turning it into a hotel.

Theo and Beatrice Blake didn't do too much to make Muirlan House a home​ so when Hetty arrived to see her inheritance many years​ later​, she was taken by surprise to see it i
Susan Johnson
This book is being compared to Rebecca and books by Kate Morton and it is somewhat. It is set in beautiful Scotland in the Outer Hebrides and is about a house. The house's access is controlled by the tides and is quite isolated. It's owned by famed artist, Theo Blake, and where he brings his young wife, Beatrice after their marriage in 1910.

The story fluctuates between Beatrice and Hetty who inherits it 2010. The house and estate are run by the Cameron/Forbes family who tend it with care. The
Feb 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this. Badly.

I didn't.

I kept waiting for the book to improve, or maybe just for ANYTHING at all to happen, but alas, what we have here is one of the worst faux-gothic novels I've encountered in quite some time.

I'm surprised anyone even attempted to pass this off as gothic. It's a slow build, sure, but that's got more to do with the fact that it's a draggy, boring plot than it does with structured gothic story-building. And most importantly, it is completely devoid of that deligh
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a lot a really liked about this book, not least the Hebridean setting which was captured extremely well and made me want to jump on the next ferry from Skye! It was set in two different timelines of 1910/11 and 2010 and I thought that the difficulties of the varying times were dealt with well. I liked a lot of the characters in particular Beatrice from 1910 and Hetty from 2010. Even the characters who were quite odious (Giles from 2010 in particular and some of the rich, entitled react ...more
Primrose Jess
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Sarah Maine fabulously crafts a story feeding the reader tiny morsels at time. The first portion of this book is spent setting the scene in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides as Hetty Devereaux arrives to inspect the family ancestral home she has inherited. Orphaned and hopeful to start a hotel in the manor, she discovers the crumbling home is isolated, not easily accessed, and possessing a century old corpse. Flashback to the home's occupants in 1910, Theo Blake and his new bride, Beatrice. Escaping Ed
Alice Lippart
Not really my jam, unfortunately.
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Western Isles off mainland Scotland is the locale for Muirlan House a crumbling Gothic- like mansion inherited by Hetty Deveraux. Hetty is the last surviving relative of Emily Blake, sister of Theo Blake, chief resident, painter, bird cataloguer and mad man who drowned himself in 1912.

Hetty visits Muirlan House to assess the potential of turning the manse into a hotel. It will be a fresh start since she is reeling from the death of her parents and trying to escape a smothering, overprotectiv
2.5 stars

The Outer Hebrides setting was excellent, everything else ranged between meh and somewhat interesting.

The 2010 storyline was a chore to get through, mainly because of insipid Hettie, she was completely unlikeable and had no spine whatsoever or brain for that matter. She was a mouse who could barely speak up for herself, she let everyone constantly undermine her and treat her like an idiot. And her tragic backstory was totally boring, I wanted to skim over all her chapters.

The 1910 stor
Jeanette Lewis
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author has created a beautiful and dramatic setting to this story where the reader is transported to the West Coast of Scotland with it’s blustering cold winds and fierce seas. A past and present day story, 1910 and 2010, a family saga that on the surface seems that it could be fairly straight forward, however the author introduces a buried skeleton relatively early in the story that surfaces when building inspections are taking place on the crumbling Blake mansion that Hetty in 2010 to her ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is set in dual time lines exactly one hundred years apart, in 1910 and 2010. The chapters that deal with the past are definitely the best part of the book.
Hetty in the present day is almost a nonentity pushed around by her annoying boyfriend. She meets James in Scotland and he comes across as an arrogant bully. I couldn't take to them at all.
So why the five stars?
For the wonderful, lyrical and descriptive writing!
I could hear the sea thundering up the beach on the island, the screechi
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The House Between Tides”, Sarah Maine's 2014 début proved her an excellent storyteller with memorable characters. She crafted plots in which I remained invested. People will enjoy it, if they know it does not entail the tone or even the genre implied by the description. I was pleased to dig into the tantalizing scenario of a woman exploring a house but this was not the case. It is a shell Hetty only explores twice; both times with an island man yelling at her. Yet another author thought reader ...more
Dilushani Jayalath
*Kindly received and ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

These are one of those rare gem-like books you found in Netgalley. This was such an amazing book, beautifully written, cleverly suspenseful and brilliantly put together.
There wasn't a word I skipped in this one and I loved every single thing about this one. This is one of those book where the thrill and suspense is crafted in just perfect.

The story was intriguing. I loved how they kept jumping between the two times. General
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
When a novel includes a crumbling estate, an inheritance, a mystery and a dark secret then I've got to read it and The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine has it all.

Set in Scotland, the landscape is truly the main character in this novel. It's wild and atmospheric and you can almost feel the wind in your hair, lick the salt spray from your lips and hear the squawk of the birds in the air.

Unfolding in dual time frames, we learn the present story from Hetty Deveraux (2010) and the past from Beatr
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of gothic historicals with a mix of contemporary, mystery and romance
Reminiscent of the Gothics of the 1970s, THE HOUSE BETWEEN TIDES by Sarah Maine takes the reader on a stimulating stroll through two time periods, igniting the senses with a classic mysterious aura. The moodiness of the location easily placed my mind on holiday in the past while unraveling the mystery in the present.

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It took me a month to read this book due to my hectic life,
Judy D Collins
British author, Sarah Maine, delivers an atmospheric mysterious and suspenseful debut, THE HOUSE BETWEEN TIDES —a compelling mix of historic, Gothic and contemporary. A mystery of two women a century apart.

From 1889 (Theo), 1910 (Beatrice) - 1945 to present, 2010, (Hetty) a woman returns to an inherited home and discovers a hidden secret.

A crumbling mansion, an estate in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. With the intentions of renovating and selling it as a hotel. Hetty begins her journey.

Cindy Burnett
3.5 stars

The House Between Tides was an interesting read. The story takes place in a variety of time periods which got a little confusing a few times. I really liked the storyline in 2010 with Hetty inheriting Muirlin, her family home in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. The descriptions of that area were wonderful and made me want to visit. I think a map of the house, the additional buildings, and the island would be a great addition to the book so that it would be easier to understand exactly where
PennsyLady (Bev)
The House Between Tides
by Sarah Maine

I loved Sarah Maine's debut novel.
A part of that is attributable to the reading by Justine Eyre.

The story revolves around a crumbling ancestral mansion.
Hetty Devereaux (2010) has inherited an estate in Scotland's
Outer Hebrides.
Our second protagonist is Beatrice Blake (1910) who then inhabits the estate with husband Theo, a celebrated painter.
This is a novel of atmospheric suspense..
Sarah Maine beautifully communicated to me the literal lay of the land, well d
Sometimes dual timelines work well, and sometimes they can be confusing. It didn't help that I was reading this over the busy Christmas season, and therefore had to take several reading breaks, but I just could not keep the male characters from merging and overlapping in my mind. Having said that, I enjoyed the story of the old house (I'm obsessed with old houses) and the Scottish setting (I'm also obsessed with my ancestral homeland). The female characters were much better drawn -- the woman in ...more
Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
DNF at 20%. Once again I was lured in by the promise of a twisty, dual timeline Kate Morton sort of novel. Unfortunately I had a very hard time connecting with the characters despite the interesting, remote Scottish setting. I had trouble keeping the timelines straight and didn't find the mystery or anyone very compelling. I'm a fan of atmospheric, slow books like this so I have to conclude that this one simply isn't for me. ...more
Book Gala
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book centers around a house on an island off the coast of Scotland, and two women who are involved with it. Hetty, who lives in modern day London, is the last of her line and inherits the house; she plans to turn it into a hotel. Beatrice, who lives in 1910, is married to Theo Blake, Hetty's indirect relative and the owner of the house. A skeleton is discovered underneath the floor in the modern day, and the story goes from there. I found Beatrice's story much more interesting than Hetty's ...more
The house between tides is an eerie, tumbling down and abandoned mansion. Set in the beautiful Outer Hebrides of Scotland, Muirlan House sits on a tiny island joined to another island by a land bridge that is only accessible when the tides are out. The new owner, Hetty, arrives to inspect her inheritance on the very day that a skeleton is found hidden beneath the rotting floorboards.

Slowly the story works towards the resolution of who the body is and how it got there. Told from 3 main viewpoint
Many have already said this, I realise, but The House between Tides by Sarah Maine reminded me very much of Kate Morton's work.

This book started a little slowly for me. I wasn't immediately engaged in either the events of 'now' or those of 1910. I liked both of our main protagonists however: the somewhat down-trodden Hetty; and the coming-into-her-own Beatrice respectively and kept turning the pages eager to learn their stories.

Theo Blake's family built Muirlan House and his father uprooted loca
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This debut novel is so reminiscent of the favourite authors of the early 20th century, such as Daphne DuMaurier and Isak Dinesen, in its ability to transport the reader into locale, multiple eras, and inside the minds and hearts of the characters. The main character is the stately mid-Victorian manse, Muirlan House, set inexplicably and dangerously on Muirlan Strand, in the Hebridean Isles, a land of gracious and surpassing beauty, yet terrible sto
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read this year! Couldn't put it down. Its a crime, thriller, historical but above all a love story, not my thing at all usually. It has unexpected twists and turns which I never saw coming, and a degree of sadness which lasts through the book. And of course a murder, the identity only revealed near the end! ...more
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Sarah Maine was born in England and emigrated to Canada with her family at the age of ten. A small northern Ontario community was home for the next two years before the family moved south, and Sarah went to high school in Toronto. She returned to England to study archaeology, stayed on to do research and work, married there and has two sons.
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