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Death and a watery grave were not on Emily McAllister's to do list when she kick started her Northern California vacay. Haunted by prophetic dreams of the same shadowed killer who murdered her best friend off the rugged coast, Emily knows her time is up...and the Grim Reaper's clock is ticking fast. Determined to change her fate, she jumps headfirst into a police investiga Death and a watery grave were not on Emily McAllister's to do list when she kick started her Northern California vacay. Haunted by prophetic dreams of the same shadowed killer who murdered her best friend off the rugged coast, Emily knows her time is up...and the Grim Reaper's clock is ticking fast. Determined to change her fate, she jumps headfirst into a police investigation only to hit a brick wall––a handsome, frustrating, devilishly sexy brick wall by the name of Mark Thurgood. At odds with the ocean and running from his past, hard-bodied police sergeant Mark Thurgood isn't interested in a wild goose chase. Logic screams Ms. McAllister is off her rocker; premonitions aren't exactly tangible facts. But neither are the feelings stirring in his middle when they touch. Emily is a loose cannon he didn’t see outlined in his report—or his future. When a detail emerges from the murky veil between sleep and wake, Emily forces her heart into sudden retreat. She must decide if Mark is the love of her life, or if he is the unremorseful killer who will sacrifice her soul to the vengeful ocean, a murderer hell-bent on settling his sick debt with the rising tide.


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Death and a watery grave were not on Emily McAllister's to do list when she kick started her Northern California vacay. Haunted by prophetic dreams of the same shadowed killer who murdered her best friend off the rugged coast, Emily knows her time is up...and the Grim Reaper's clock is ticking fast. Determined to change her fate, she jumps headfirst into a police investiga Death and a watery grave were not on Emily McAllister's to do list when she kick started her Northern California vacay. Haunted by prophetic dreams of the same shadowed killer who murdered her best friend off the rugged coast, Emily knows her time is up...and the Grim Reaper's clock is ticking fast. Determined to change her fate, she jumps headfirst into a police investigation only to hit a brick wall––a handsome, frustrating, devilishly sexy brick wall by the name of Mark Thurgood. At odds with the ocean and running from his past, hard-bodied police sergeant Mark Thurgood isn't interested in a wild goose chase. Logic screams Ms. McAllister is off her rocker; premonitions aren't exactly tangible facts. But neither are the feelings stirring in his middle when they touch. Emily is a loose cannon he didn’t see outlined in his report—or his future. When a detail emerges from the murky veil between sleep and wake, Emily forces her heart into sudden retreat. She must decide if Mark is the love of her life, or if he is the unremorseful killer who will sacrifice her soul to the vengeful ocean, a murderer hell-bent on settling his sick debt with the rising tide.

30 review for Dark Tide Rising

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    An eerie murder mystery. From the opening haunting death your taken on a mysterious and at times supernatural search for the killer. Emily McAllister dreamed of her best friend’s death in a watery cave. When the police determine it’s an accidental drowning she goes to the police to try and convince them it was a murder without sounding like a crazy person. But what she gets is a straight laced police sergeant Mark Thurgood who is still haunted by the death of his partner in the same sea that too An eerie murder mystery. From the opening haunting death your taken on a mysterious and at times supernatural search for the killer. Emily McAllister dreamed of her best friend’s death in a watery cave. When the police determine it’s an accidental drowning she goes to the police to try and convince them it was a murder without sounding like a crazy person. But what she gets is a straight laced police sergeant Mark Thurgood who is still haunted by the death of his partner in the same sea that took the victims life. Even though I figured out early on who the killer was it was still a great plot leading up to the ending that threw in a twist.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kait Ballenger

    Synopsis: "Depend on a man? Never! Emily McAllister wants nothing more than to control her own life, but when a vision of her best friend’s murder grips her, Emily’s forced to put her trust in the straight-laced sergeant responsible for closing the case. The police believe the drowning was accidental but Emily, haunted by dreams of the killer, knows better. Police sergeant Mark Thurgood is interested in facts, not premonitions, and he’s tried to steer clear of the ocean since rescuing two lives f Synopsis: "Depend on a man? Never! Emily McAllister wants nothing more than to control her own life, but when a vision of her best friend’s murder grips her, Emily’s forced to put her trust in the straight-laced sergeant responsible for closing the case. The police believe the drowning was accidental but Emily, haunted by dreams of the killer, knows better. Police sergeant Mark Thurgood is interested in facts, not premonitions, and he’s tried to steer clear of the ocean since rescuing two lives from its icy clutches. But when danger threatens the free-spirited Emily, he’s determined to stay by her side. It isn’t until Emily finally begins to trust Mark that she realizes her reaction to him may be more than physical attraction. But when a detail emerges from the murky veil of her dreams she questions if the man she’s fallen for is actually a killer. " Genre: Romantic Suspense First Sentence: "Facing certain death wasn't as terrifying as Stefanie Jefferies would've thought." That is truly a kick ass opening line! It's filled with tension. I don't know about you, but it definitely makes me want to keep reading. Brownie Points: One of my favorite things about Kristin's writing is her attention to detail and her world-building. Her descriptions are so vivid that the world her characters live in jumps off the page. In our interview, she said she wanted to do justice to her love for Humboldt County and I think that definitely shows through in her writing. Setting can make or break a book, and hers definitely makes it. I also loved the romance between Mark and Emily. I loved their first meeting, because their attraction was present without being way overdone and too much like 'love at first sight', which happens a lot in romance. It walked that thin line between two much or two little perfectly. I continued to enjoy them throughout the story. Beefs: I had no beefs with this book. I was happy as a clam while reading and was definitely satisfied at the end. Ending: I'm not a big reader of romantic suspense, but at least for me, this novel had great twists and wasn't predictable in the least. It pulled me in right from the beginning and kept me eager to keep reading until the end. I was thoroughly impressed. Not only is the plot great, but the romance will make you melt--so sweet-- and I absolutely loved the last line of the book. Something about it just resonated right for me. Recommendation and General Comments: Overall, this is a really fantastic read. I'm not normally a romantic suspense reader, but I was still very entertained. There was no point where I even remotely considered putting this book down. It had sweet moments that had me sighing, hilarious moments that had me laughing out loud, and of course, chilling suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat. Kristin is a fabulous writer. This is a great book and I highly recommend it. Whether or not you usually enjoy romantic suspense, it's a great read. If you're a fan of romance and good writing, this is a book you will love. Go buy it! Would I aspire to write like this author? Absolutely! Kristin is a fabulous writer and as I said in the brownie points section, I love her attention to detail and her fabulous plotting skills.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

    Emily McAlister has dreams of deaths—deaths she cannot prevent and her death is next. If she cannot find and stop the person who sent her friend Stefanie to her death in the ocean, she will meet the same end. The ocean that Emily has always loved will snuff out her life unless she can some way change what her dream revealed—something she has never been able to do before. Sergeant Mark Thurgood hates the ocean. Memories that make him physically ill roar to life when his duties demand he be near t Emily McAlister has dreams of deaths—deaths she cannot prevent and her death is next. If she cannot find and stop the person who sent her friend Stefanie to her death in the ocean, she will meet the same end. The ocean that Emily has always loved will snuff out her life unless she can some way change what her dream revealed—something she has never been able to do before. Sergeant Mark Thurgood hates the ocean. Memories that make him physically ill roar to life when his duties demand he be near that water -- water that seems to be alive and threatening. His assistant Robin patrols and takes ocean areas calls ordinarily. However, when the persistent Emily McAlister, with desperation in her blue eyes, storms into his life declaring her friend’s death is murder not an accident, Mark’s life spins out of control regardless of how hard he tries to shut down his emotions. The secondary characters add mystery, suspense, and intrigue as they slip in and out of Emily and Mark’s emotional warfare. Emily’s Aunt Vivian and Uncle Jack, who cared for her after the death of her parents, still keep close tabs on her and want her near even though she is out of college and employed as a whale-sightseeing boat driver in San Francisco Bay. In the small town they live in, they are socially prominent. Vivian knows all the gossip in town and Uncle Jack is always busy at the casino but continues to manage Emily’s trust fund for her. They and others like Stefanie’s surfer boyfriend Sam and his brother Jonathan; Bruce, a career criminal; Robin, Mark’s assistant; Captain Peterson; and even Mark’s absent ex-wife and his dead partner help to weave an ever-tightening, ominous web around Emily and Mark. In spite of all the denial, danger, confusion, and fear, Emily and Mark’s connection to each other grows stronger and stronger. Kristin Miller lures the reader into the mental, physical, emotional and even spiritual struggles that beset the characters. Each of them struggles with his or her own demons and aloneness in unique ways. As Ms. Miller brings the troubled Mark and Emily together, she keeps the reader in the moment with them. Ms. Miller creates a setting with storminess in times of trouble that adds a gripping fear. Also, the convoluted idea of a ‘glimpse Heaven’ makes one shudder. This redemptive story with its subtle foreshadowing, expressive imagery, and joy of love lifts the spirit and makes the heart happy. Originally posted at http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

  4. 4 out of 5

    LynnMarie

    Lena's Review Emily McAllister just experienced her cousin’s death. She has no idea how it happened but she felt the breath leave her. Now she is determined to find her killer no matter what happens to her. The only thing standing in her way is the arrogant, stubborn yet sexy officer handling the case. She has no idea why Mark Thurgood hates her or the ocean. Yet every time she tries to find her cousin’s killer he is in the way. One minute he thinks she is some psycho and the next he can’t get en Lena's Review Emily McAllister just experienced her cousin’s death. She has no idea how it happened but she felt the breath leave her. Now she is determined to find her killer no matter what happens to her. The only thing standing in her way is the arrogant, stubborn yet sexy officer handling the case. She has no idea why Mark Thurgood hates her or the ocean. Yet every time she tries to find her cousin’s killer he is in the way. One minute he thinks she is some psycho and the next he can’t get enough of his kisses. The killer is still out there and the harder she tries to find him or her more of a target she is. Emily has no idea why she is having these visions but knows that her cousin’s death was no accident. Can Emily find the killer before they find her? Will she ever know real love with a man like Mark? Police Officer Mark Thurgood is man who gets his work done yet is afraid of many things. His biggest fear is the ocean and it torments him each day. Years ago he lost his best friend to the ocean and since them he has felt guilty. Knowing that Emily’s cousin died by the tides he wants nothing that to find the killer. Emily though is one woman who enchants him and fears him. Her visions about the murder are accurate and it scares him how much she knows. Emily knows information that no officer knows except him. Mark knows everyone in the force thinks he’s lost it since his best friend’s death. This is his last chance to prove he still has it in him but afraid that he will lose Kat. Can he find the killer before it is too late? Mark and Emily two people who are searching for the same thing but find attraction is hard to deny. The death of her cousin scares her for the killer is still out there. Now Mark is a man who knows his time at the force is ending. This homicide is his last chance to prove he still has it in him. Yet what made the book suspenseful was knowing the killer was watching their every move. Kristin Miller has a way of bringing the reader into the action right at the beginning never slowing the story down. The attraction between them is strong and the killer on their every move makes them hotter than ever. Loved it and can’t wait for more. 4 Tea Cups!

  5. 5 out of 5

    SirenBookReviews

    Somehow, Emily knew her best friend was in trouble. She knew that something terrible was happening to her. And when the news story broke about the body found in the ocean, and they ruled it as a drowning, Emily knew what she had to do. She had to get someone to believe her. In this spicy romantic suspense with just a pinch of the paranormal, this is Emily and Mark's story. Mark is the police officer assigned to Stefanie's case, and it's up to Emily to make sure that she helps find the killer. And Somehow, Emily knew her best friend was in trouble. She knew that something terrible was happening to her. And when the news story broke about the body found in the ocean, and they ruled it as a drowning, Emily knew what she had to do. She had to get someone to believe her. In this spicy romantic suspense with just a pinch of the paranormal, this is Emily and Mark's story. Mark is the police officer assigned to Stefanie's case, and it's up to Emily to make sure that she helps find the killer. And she has to trust Mark. Fiercely strong and independent, Emily doesn't trust easily. And Mark has his own emotional scars that he keeps hidden deep inside. Dark Tide Rising is top notch suspense. The author did a great job at keeping me guessing, and just when I thought the danger was over, she threw in one more surprise. Tension and passions intensify with Emily and Mark and kept me at the edge of my seat. If you love your romance with adventure, suspense, and intrigue, then get swept away with Dark Tide Rising. But don't let the tide pull you away.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Scarangella

    Stephanie was in a cave tied up and her lover had did this to her. How she wishes she could warn her best friend. Emily awoke and felt dread and water and hopelessness in her dream. Sgt. Mark Thurgood had a report of a body. Emily found out from the news it was Stephanie her best friend. Emily went to talk to Mark about the death being murder, which he didn't believe. Mark had his won ghosts affecting his job as to where the incidents happen after his accident over a year ago. This was a story in Stephanie was in a cave tied up and her lover had did this to her. How she wishes she could warn her best friend. Emily awoke and felt dread and water and hopelessness in her dream. Sgt. Mark Thurgood had a report of a body. Emily found out from the news it was Stephanie her best friend. Emily went to talk to Mark about the death being murder, which he didn't believe. Mark had his won ghosts affecting his job as to where the incidents happen after his accident over a year ago. This was a story in the Dangerous Dozen box set. I enjoyed this book a lot. I loved the way the characters worked together. I have never read any of Kristin Miller books before and found her to be a good suspense writer. You will not be disappointed in this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Whispers From

    Emily has a vision of her best friend dying. When she hears the report on the news about it being an accidental drowning, she goes to the police. Mark is a sergeant who doesn't believe her at first. But when calls and messages began, he knows he must investigate. When Emily sees her own death, they'll do anything to keep it from happening. Mark is a broken man who is terrified of the sea. Emily has only her aunt and uncle and believes happily ever afters aren't for her. But they both learn to le Emily has a vision of her best friend dying. When she hears the report on the news about it being an accidental drowning, she goes to the police. Mark is a sergeant who doesn't believe her at first. But when calls and messages began, he knows he must investigate. When Emily sees her own death, they'll do anything to keep it from happening. Mark is a broken man who is terrified of the sea. Emily has only her aunt and uncle and believes happily ever afters aren't for her. But they both learn to lean on each other. This was a great story. I did figure it out at the first but be surprised at the end. Love, murder, and mystery.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Dark and eery. I guessed the killer fairly early on, but she still managed to throw a curve ball at the end. Definitely enjoyed it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Loved it! Kept me wondering and on toes of what was going to happen. Never expected her aunt treason, never. Very good.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Felice Foster

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susana Padilla

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

  15. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Peterson

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Allen

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Miller

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kara

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ferguson

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Sanchez

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brenna

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jay-me (Janet)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  27. 5 out of 5

    Josephine

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Bodin

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

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