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4.20  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  30 reviews
If ye give not willingly, the Lords will rise…

In 1913, Henry Hamilton disappeared while on a business trip, and his sister, Sorrow, won’t rest until she finds out what happened to him. Defying her father’s orders to remain at home, she travels to Tidepool, the last place Henry is known to have visited. Residents of the small, shabby oceanside town can’t quite meet Sorrow’s
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Published August 3rd 2021 by The Parliament House Press
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Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
Richly dark and enthralling! The premise of Tidepool with it’s Lovecraftian vibe sucked me in with vivid imagery and deliciously creepy lore. Sorrow’s brother has not returned from a business trip to Tidepool and it is not like him to disappear without notice. Against her father’s wishes she travels to Tidepool and soon realizes the town has a lot to hide from outsiders and some will stop at nothing to protect their town.

I expected an enticing horror read but not in the ghastly forms of what lu
The Starry Library
'Tidepool' is a dark, dank, deathly story about fate, truth, and human relationships. The story is set in Tidepool, a mysterious oceanside town harbouring deadly secrets beneath its ominous waters. After her brother goes missing on a business trip, Sorrow Hamilton ventures out to the eerie town where secrets alive and dead bind and menace her to its terrifying curse. A sinister woman dressed in black and macabre things that wash ashore haunt and horrify Sorrow until she is able to uncover the tr ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Super enjoyed Tidepool. Super inspiring female lead, venturing out [in 1913 no less] to rescue her brother and take matters in her own hand, even continuing as the gnarly, green and wet tentacle thingies rise from the deep. Bumbling non-committal men are along for the ride except one young/old fellow who is treated with kindness. Amidst the gore and the horror is REAL humanity from start to finish and that is not easy to do in a genre that is saturated with attempts to outdo Lovecraft in grossne ...more
Peter McLean
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The creeping dread of Lovecraftian horror by way of American Horror Story - Tidepool will ensure you never look at the ocean the same way again!

Alexis Hall
*received from NG for some reason**

This is a lovecrafty-gothic horror type thing, set in early 20th century America and centering on a rundown coastal town with dark secrets. The heroine, Sorrow, has come to Tidepool in order to discover what’s happened to her missing brother—although this isn’t much of a mystery to the reader because we find out in the prologue.

I wanted to like this more than, in practice, I did. It has lots of elements I usually find appealing—and there’s definitely a decent s
Jul 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, horror, 2021
Do not go to Tidepool. Unless you want hungry ocean gods to feast on you. As a fan of sinister seasides and Lovecraftian overtones, I had a blast reading Tidepool.

Sorrow Hamilton loves her brother Henry. When he goes missing, she follows him to Tidepool, the last place he visited before disappearing. The small shoreline city seems boring and its residents backward-thinking. Just when Sorrow wants to leave, a body washes up on the beach. From there, things only get worse.

Once I started it, I cou
Paulette Kennedy
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
TIDEPOOL had me by the collar right from the jump. I finished it in less than 24 hours.

Let’s start with the world-building. With any genre of fiction, immersive descriptions are the first indicator I will enjoy a book. If I am grounded in the environment enough to feel as if I’m experiencing events right along with the characters, I know I won’t be able to put a book down.

Nicole Willson does this effortlessly. (Which means she took a *lot* of effort as a writer, because the depth of her researc
Jul 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I always hated being by the water, even before I drowned in 1851.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC of this book

Tidepool takes place in a coastal city in 1913 where mysterious things occur. When her brother goes missing, Sorrow Hamilton (yes, that's her name) goes to the town to try and find him and well ... she finds some other things.

The book certainly starts off strong, it has a very captivating first chapter and the premise of a creepy "fishy" story. I liked the setti
Jul 31, 2021 rated it liked it
Tidepool doesn’t quite make a proper stand in for a beach trip, because despite it being a small coastal town, it’s about as uninviting as they come. By design. The locals don’t want you visiting and uncovering their dark secrets. The town is drab and reeks of seafood that’s gone off with an underlying base note of fear. And yet, one young man sees a business opportunity there, a chance to make Tidepool into a new Ocean City or maybe even some day Atlantic City.
Ambitious. Deadly so. The young m
Justin Lewis
Jul 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
“If ye not give willingly, the Lords will rise…”

How amazing is that line on the cover? What else do you need to know? Alright, I’ll give you a little more.

Sorrow (yes, that’s the protagonist’s name) has come to the small town of Tidepool in search of her missing brother. She quickly realizes not everything is as it seems in Tidepool and there are those that will do anything to keep its secrets.

This book was a lot of creepy fun! As we find out more about Tidepool and why they’re not fond of visit
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Nicole Willson
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From the publisher: If ye give not willingly, the Lords will rise…

In 1913, Henry Hamilton disappeared while on a business trip, and his sister, Sorrow, won’t rest until she finds out what happened to him. Defying her father’s orders to remain at home, she travels to Tidepool, the last place Henry is known to have visited. Residents of the small, shabby oceanside town can’t quite meet Sorrow’s eyes when she asks about her brother.

When corpses wash up
Aug 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved this book which is a creepy, unsettling, Lovecraftian inspired horror story.

The setting of the small, seaside town of Tidepool is brought to life with such vivid imagery. It sent shivers down my spine with the dark, eerie suspense that was being created in the pages in front of me. Bodies in the sea, missing people, secretive townsfolk and a lot of graves for a small population . . . this would all make me want to get the hell out of Tidepool! The main character, Sorrow, however, is de
Ryan Leslie
Jul 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I knew within the first few pages that Tidepool would be my type of book.

Against the wishes of her father, Sorrow Hamilton ventures to the East Coast town of Tidepool where her brother mysteriously vanished. Along with Sorrow, we find that many things seem off about Tidepool: the dilapidated look, the rotting ocean smell, and most notably the stand-offish people. What is the dark secret this town hides, and why oh why can't Sorrow leave?

Willson does a great job creating the town of Tidepool so t
Jul 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Tidepool by Nicole Willson is an amazing work of gothic horror that will appeal to fans of Crimson Peak and The Shape of Water. This early 20th-century story revolves around Sorrow Hamilton, a brave and headstrong young woman who goes to the mysterious town of Tidepool after her brother Henry goes missing there. She has to find out what happened to him while dealing with the town's rude and infuriating residen
Jul 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mystery, fiction, 2021, arc
This is a Gothic fantasy by new author Nicole Willson. I was intrigued by both the setting (the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia in the US) and the time period (1911), and liked the synopsis blurb so I requested an advance reader copy of it. This is the author's first book and it shows a bit, I think. Overall, I liked the storyline and the creepy seaside town vibe, as well as the main character of Sorrow Hamilton. There are definitely Crimson Peak and House of Salt and Sorrow aspects in th ...more
Aug 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*Content Warning* - Gore, unwanted sexual advances, suicide attempts, PTSD, and stillborn babies

Thank you Parliament House Press for the eARC! Omg this was such an amazing book! I got chills from reading it. I totally agree with Willson’s dedication because horror is amazing and will beat serious fiction any day. This entire novel has such a dark, eerie, and mysterious vibe that I really enjoyed and it drew me deep into the story right away. The setting was so spooky and was just so well written
Aug 01, 2021 rated it liked it
First, I was given a free copy of this book by Netgalley for an honest review. Second, this is more of a 3.5 rating versus just three stars.

Anyway, this was a fun, quick read. Normally, horror novels usually don't scare me, so it's not a surprise to say that this book falls into that category. Having said that, I still enjoyed the mystery and the horror in this book. The main character, Sorrow Hamilton, goes to Tideland against her father's wishes in search of her missing brother. There, she dis
Jul 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley and Independent Publishers Group for the e-ARC!

"she had to wonder: if God existed, could He intervene in a town like this?"

One day on a routine business trip Henry Hamilton goes missing. His sister, Sorrow, immediately begins a desperate search for him that leads her to Tidepool, an oceanside town with grim secrets and a hatred for prying outsiders.

I loved the premise of this book and thought this would become a favourite of mine but some things don't work out. The stor
Kat Mullen
Jul 23, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Main character, Sorrow, is 21! So New Adult for people like me who look for that!

The vibes of the town of Tidepool are Creepy AF.

I had no idea what to expect going into this story or how the ending was going to play out. I flew through it cause I wanted to learn everything. The primary perspective is that of Sorrow’s, but I appreciated the inclusion of chapters from other’s POVs. This meant that we actually saw things play out rather than have it all told to Sorrow. And man, Ada has a s
Aug 03, 2021 rated it really liked it

Arc received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Oh wow, this book. First of all, I loved, loved the writing. It was so atmospheric and gothic and I loved the vibes it gave Haunting of Bly Manor kinda type of narration. The whole story was creepy and horrific — I think the character that intrigued me the most was Ada. You can say that she's one of the villains here, and she definitely does not show much remorse at all, but her back story will definitely make you sympat
Dara Miller
Jul 15, 2021 rated it liked it
I received an advance copy through Netgalley.

I did enjoy this story, and I found it entertaining and easy to follow. However, I found the characters lacking in depth, and their inability to finalize decisions a little off-putting.

The majority of the story consists of characters not really being able to make up their minds about what actions they want to take (I.e. Character 1: “Let’s not stay.” Character 2: “No we should stay” Character 1: “No, I can’t stay a moment longer “ Character 2: “Ok, le
Jul 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Tidepool is a gothic horror novel following Sorrow Hamilton, a wayward young woman who defies her father and travels to the seaside town of Tidepool after her brother, Henry, fails to return from a trip there. The instant she arrives in Tidepool, Sorrow feels uneasy, and the residents of the town are unusually cagey about answering any of her questions about Henry. Sorrow sets about uncovering the mystery of her brother's where
Jul 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
First, thanks to Parliament House Press for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

If ye give not willingly, the Lords will rise…
More like, Abandon hope all ye who enter here!

Wow, I normally don't read horror (I'm a big scaredy-cat), but this story really sucks you in and takes you on a terrifying ride that doesn't stop until the last page. I actually had to look up Lovecraftian, but this story is the definition of Lovecraftian horror. We're pulled along as Sorrow attempts to figure out what ha
Jul 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed reading this book, it was so mysterious I could not put it down! The setting of the story, Tidepool, has such a creepy atmosphere it was so easy to visualise the town the more I read about it!
This book is described as a lovecraftian horror, which is a completely new genre for me and I really enjoyed that the book emphasised the horror of the unimaginable without being overly gory. (There was definitely some gory parts but they were key to the story)
The story is told from Sorrow’
Jul 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a well done historical thriller/mystery with heavy Lovecraft influence. It was an easy enough read and kept me engaged the whole time. I did think that it went on just a bit too long at the end, but it did tie all the loose ends up well.

The story itself ends up being fairly predictable if you have read Lovecraft types of horror before. It's all about what dwells in the deep and the effect on sanity it has on the humans around it. I did enjoy the idea of a priesthood that protects humani
Madah J
Jul 17, 2021 rated it liked it
A mysterious town, an intrepid young heroine, and a historical setting. It’s Gothic, it’s supernatural, it is Tidepool.

An enjoyable, yet quick read. I do wish more of the legend was expounded on but I liked that the mystery wasn’t dragged out for the sake of it.

At times it read like a YA novel in the simple to follow plot - which I really loved but it was pretty violent, which I liked. It just needed more fleshing out with the characters.

Our heroine, Sorrow is exactly who I would be in a horr
Anna Joy
Jul 21, 2021 rated it liked it
When Sorrow Hamilton's brother goes missing after a visit to small town of Tidepool, she, against her father's wishes, ventures there alone to investigate. Sorrow soon finds that there is something not quite right about Tidepool, and as her feeling of unease progresses, it begs the question; will she make it out of Tidepool whole?
The luscious worldbuilding and intelligent and likeable characters make reading Tidepool feel somewhat akin to eating a bag of candy at a bus stop; enjoyable, but over
Jul 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Really enjoyed this one! It had a good atmosphere and solid writing throughout. The MC was a decent balance between feeling historically accurate and appealing to modern audiences. Gotta appreciate someone who realizes that it’s time to grab a knife when it is clearly knife time—I can’t stand characters who are understandably nervous but don’t take any proactive steps to stay safe.

My main complaint is that the book is unbalanced. The epilogue is really long for no reason, especially the part tha
Jaye Viner
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was good fun. Or maybe bad fun? Because it is a horror novel, and it delivers on those things that people expect from horror novels like the claustrophobic setting that characters mysteriously cannot escape from. And the extravagant true story that half the cast just cannot believe. I would've liked to know more about the monsters/spend more time with them, but perhaps that will be in another novel. ...more
Laura Bowie
Aug 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Richly dark and enthralling! The premise of Tidepool with it’s Lovecraftian vibe sucked me in with vivid imagery and deliciously creepy lore. Atmospheric, tantalizing, and suspenseful, 'Tidepool' is dark gothic fantasy at its finest. I can’t wait to see what this author writes next! ...more
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Nicole Willson lives outside of Washington, DC; this does not mean she wants to talk U.S. politics with you. She has been a frequent visitor to small coastal towns located along the Eastern seaboard but has yet to see anything truly alarming emerge from those waters, much to her disappointment. She’s hopeful that her lifelong aversion to eating fish or seafood might earn her a little mercy when th ...more

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