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KC Jones’ Black Tide, a character-driven science fiction/horror novel that explores what happens after a cataclysmic event leaves the world crawling with nightmares, will be published by Nightfire in May 2022! A story with a cinematic feel, Black Tide is Cujo meets A Quiet Place. It was just another day at the beach. And then the world ended. Mike and Beth didn’t know each ot KC Jones’ Black Tide, a character-driven science fiction/horror novel that explores what happens after a cataclysmic event leaves the world crawling with nightmares, will be published by Nightfire in May 2022! A story with a cinematic feel, Black Tide is Cujo meets A Quiet Place. It was just another day at the beach. And then the world ended. Mike and Beth didn’t know each other existed before the night of the meteor shower. A melancholy film producer and a house sitter barely scraping by, chance made them neighbors, a bottle of champagne brought them together, and a shared need for human connection sparked something more. After a drunken and desperate one-night-stand, the two strangers awake to discover a surprise astronomical event has left widespread destruction in its wake. But the cosmic lightshow was only a part of something much bigger, and far more terrifying. When a set of lost car keys leaves them stranded on an empty stretch of Oregon coast, when their emergency calls go unanswered and inhuman screams echo from the dunes, when the rising tide reaches for the car and unspeakable horrors close in around them, these two self-destructive souls must find in each other the strength to overcome past pain and the fight to survive a nightmare of apocalyptic scale.


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KC Jones’ Black Tide, a character-driven science fiction/horror novel that explores what happens after a cataclysmic event leaves the world crawling with nightmares, will be published by Nightfire in May 2022! A story with a cinematic feel, Black Tide is Cujo meets A Quiet Place. It was just another day at the beach. And then the world ended. Mike and Beth didn’t know each ot KC Jones’ Black Tide, a character-driven science fiction/horror novel that explores what happens after a cataclysmic event leaves the world crawling with nightmares, will be published by Nightfire in May 2022! A story with a cinematic feel, Black Tide is Cujo meets A Quiet Place. It was just another day at the beach. And then the world ended. Mike and Beth didn’t know each other existed before the night of the meteor shower. A melancholy film producer and a house sitter barely scraping by, chance made them neighbors, a bottle of champagne brought them together, and a shared need for human connection sparked something more. After a drunken and desperate one-night-stand, the two strangers awake to discover a surprise astronomical event has left widespread destruction in its wake. But the cosmic lightshow was only a part of something much bigger, and far more terrifying. When a set of lost car keys leaves them stranded on an empty stretch of Oregon coast, when their emergency calls go unanswered and inhuman screams echo from the dunes, when the rising tide reaches for the car and unspeakable horrors close in around them, these two self-destructive souls must find in each other the strength to overcome past pain and the fight to survive a nightmare of apocalyptic scale.

30 review for Black Tide

  1. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Beth is a bit of a hot mess and she's the first one to admit it. She drinks a tad too much and has been known to flee in the face of responsibility; at least before. Lately though, Beth has been turning things around. She's been pet-sitting and feels like she is getting good at it. She's even getting referred to new clients by happy patrons. That's how Beth ends up at a beach house on an empty stretch of the Oregon coast on the day the world ends. She is staying with the best good dog, Jake, and al Beth is a bit of a hot mess and she's the first one to admit it. She drinks a tad too much and has been known to flee in the face of responsibility; at least before. Lately though, Beth has been turning things around. She's been pet-sitting and feels like she is getting good at it. She's even getting referred to new clients by happy patrons. That's how Beth ends up at a beach house on an empty stretch of the Oregon coast on the day the world ends. She is staying with the best good dog, Jake, and all has been going well. She's been spying a little bit on the man next door, but that's to be expected, isn't it? He's handsome, in a mysterious, scruffy sort of way. He seems lonely. Beth is all kinds of curious about this mystery man. So, when she sees him drinking expensive champagne on his deck one evening, she heads over to introduce herself. His name is Mike and he is a film producer. The two hit it off and spend the evening enjoying each other's company in every way you can imagine. That night, at Mike's place, Beth doesn't sleep well. Her drunken dreams are full of horrifying images that are still rattling around in her brain upon waking. She finds Mike and Jake together on the beach. Apparently, Mike had gone to the dog's rescue. Beth can't believe she left Jake alone in the house next door overnight. That's what the booze can do; great decision-making, Beth. Mike tells Beth all about the insane meteor shower he witnessed from the beach. There's still evidence of the destruction it wrought. Plus, there's the thing that he found. The power is out, so they have no way of listening to any news. How wide spread was the event and what exactly was it? They decide to drive up the beach and investigate where they believe one of the meteors actually struck. Maybe there will be someone around who knows more of what's happening. Black Tide is the most intense book I have read in a long time. Edge of your seat doesn't even begin to describe it. From that very first night, as the meteors start to fall, the tension begins. Driving down the beach the following day, they become stranded and the circumstances continue getting worse for the trio; yes, I am counting Jake. The entire thing was a nail biter. I was yelling at the book, advising them what they should do: protect Jake at all costs!! I love SF Horror and I found this one to be incredibly fun. The concepts were unique, the character development was great and the build-up of intensity was fantastic. It had such a claustrophobic feel. Oh My goodness, I am squirming even thinking about it! I grew to really care for these characters. In particular, Beth and Jake. I felt like I was able to relate to Beth so much. It made the stakes feel a lot higher for me. I just wanted them to be safe. I would definitely recommend this to any Horror Reader, but particularly to those who enjoy a lovely blend of Sci-Fi and Horror elements. Thank you so much to the publisher, Tor Nightfire, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I appreciate the opportunity to provide my feedback!

  2. 5 out of 5

    JaymeO

    HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY! “Sorry, humanity. You needed a Sarah Connor, or an Ellen Ripley, or even a Katniss Everdeen. You got me.” - Beth K.C. Jones’ debut science fiction/ horror novel hooked me from the first sentence and had me furiously flipping the pages. What a fantastic surprise, as I was white knuckling my couch cushions! I was terrified, but could not look away! Beth, dubbed “the human car wreck” by her own mother, is a house-sitter. It’s a lonely job, but somebody has to do it! Luckily, thi HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY! “Sorry, humanity. You needed a Sarah Connor, or an Ellen Ripley, or even a Katniss Everdeen. You got me.” - Beth K.C. Jones’ debut science fiction/ horror novel hooked me from the first sentence and had me furiously flipping the pages. What a fantastic surprise, as I was white knuckling my couch cushions! I was terrified, but could not look away! Beth, dubbed “the human car wreck” by her own mother, is a house-sitter. It’s a lonely job, but somebody has to do it! Luckily, this time she also gets to take care of Jake, the owner’s lovable six year old yellow lab. Mike is the surprisingly pensive next door neighbor. When Beth approaches Mike on his deck one night, she has no idea where this encounter will lead… But she never guessed that the next day life as she knew it would be inextricably changed. Watch out for Cloudfish, Shriekers, Hellvines, and Giants! I absolutely devoured this book. The publishers sent me this widget because they thought I would like it. And…they couldn’t have predicted any better. More please! As in, I don’t think this story has ended quite yet. I NEED to know what happens NEXT with this unlikely couple. Like NOW! This book is extremely character-driven and had me rooting for Mike, “Badass Beth,” and Jake the dog the entire way through. It is expertly plotted and truly terrifying! I highly recommend Black Tide to those who enjoyed the Ashfall series by Mike Mullins (one of my all time favorites), Bird Box by Josh Malerman, and Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. 5/5 stars Expected publication date: 5/10/22 Thank you to Andrew King from Tor Nightfire publishing for granting me a widget for Black Tide in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Just another day at the beach becomes just another nightmare! Mike and Beth met when she noticed him drinking champagne in his backyard. Beth was dog/house sitting next door. After a one-night stand, they both experience what they think is a cosmic light show complete with meteors. Soon they are stranded on the coast, trapped with Jake (the dog Beth is dog sitting), in a car. They have lost the car keys, and no one is answering their calls. They desperately need help, but as the horrors continue Just another day at the beach becomes just another nightmare! Mike and Beth met when she noticed him drinking champagne in his backyard. Beth was dog/house sitting next door. After a one-night stand, they both experience what they think is a cosmic light show complete with meteors. Soon they are stranded on the coast, trapped with Jake (the dog Beth is dog sitting), in a car. They have lost the car keys, and no one is answering their calls. They desperately need help, but as the horrors continue to come, they need to find strength in themselves, faith in each other, and find a way to survive. First off, Jake is awesome! That four-legged fella stole the show, hands down! Secondly, you may find yourself trapped within the pages of this book. This does have a Bird Box type feel to it, but there are BIG differences as well. There is something horribly wrong happening. But what is it? How did this happen? How do you explain the unexplainable? How do you fight to survive against what your mind cannot comprehend? This one is creepy and full of tension. I enjoyed how the plot played out. It had me anxious and wondering just what was going to happen next. Hard to put down, creepy and tense. 3.5 stars Thank you to Macmillan-Tor/Forge, Tor Nightfire and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    Blaine

    Update 5/31/22: Reposting my review to celebrate that today is publication day!Sorry, humanity. You needed a Sarah Connor, or an Ellen Ripley, or even a Katniss Everdeen. You got me. … Seeing is believing, but the real horrors live in those places we can’t see. … Together, the three of us watch the darkness burn.Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for sending me an ARC audiobook of Black Tide in exchange for an honest review. Beth, an adrift 33-year-old called “the human car wreck” by her own mot Update 5/31/22: Reposting my review to celebrate that today is publication day!Sorry, humanity. You needed a Sarah Connor, or an Ellen Ripley, or even a Katniss Everdeen. You got me. … Seeing is believing, but the real horrors live in those places we can’t see. … Together, the three of us watch the darkness burn.Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for sending me an ARC audiobook of Black Tide in exchange for an honest review. Beth, an adrift 33-year-old called “the human car wreck” by her own mother, is house and dog sitting in a fancy home on the Oregon coast. She meets and immediately sleeps with Mike, the unhappy man who lives next door. A few hours later, Beth has the strangest dream about an alien world while Mike is outside and sees a meteor shower. The next morning they decide to go to the beach to investigate and the rest of the novel tells the story of what they find at the beach and whether or not they can escape it. Black Tide takes place over a really, really, really bad twenty-four hour period for this beach in Oregon, and likely all of planet Earth. It reminded me quite a bit of Leave the World Behind or Bird Box, or the movies Cloverfield or Signs. It’s a small story in which both the characters and the reader only get hints of the larger scope of the problem. Beth and Mike and heroic dog Jake must simply deal with these creatures and attempt to survive. Beth and Mike are the primary narrators and both are well-developed, interesting characters. Finally, a word about the audiobook narration. Sophie Amoss reads the two female narrators and John Pirhalla reads Mike’s sections. I thought Ms. Amoss did a great job, which was important because the majority of the story is told from Beth’s perspective. I had a harder time with Mr. Pirhalla’s performance, especially when he was reading Beth’s dialogue. Black Tide is nicely paced, and has a nice mix of character development and action/horror scenes. It was an absorbing, entertaining read that I could easily imagine as a movie. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. Recommended for fans of the genre.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    2.5 Stars I really enjoyed the setup for this one that romanticized a one night stand on the beach at the end of the world. However, once the story got started, I lost my connection to the narrative. I don't tend to love cosmic horror so this was mostly not to my tastes. I feel like a story like this relies on the readers attachment to the characters and unfortunately in this instance I did not establish enough of a relationship with the characters and so I did not worry for their safety. If you 2.5 Stars I really enjoyed the setup for this one that romanticized a one night stand on the beach at the end of the world. However, once the story got started, I lost my connection to the narrative. I don't tend to love cosmic horror so this was mostly not to my tastes. I feel like a story like this relies on the readers attachment to the characters and unfortunately in this instance I did not establish enough of a relationship with the characters and so I did not worry for their safety. If you love cosmic horror then you might enjoy this one more than I did. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Boston

    2.5 stars I think this book had a lot of potential to be great. While I did enjoy it overall, I did have a couple issues. My biggest issue was the complexity of the creatures. It was hard to get into the story and feel scared when I was trying to remember how the creatures worked. My other issue was the pacing. I think the book could have benefitted from being longer and more drawn out, since everything after the first quarter felt rushed. * thank you to the publisher for sending me an advanced 2.5 stars I think this book had a lot of potential to be great. While I did enjoy it overall, I did have a couple issues. My biggest issue was the complexity of the creatures. It was hard to get into the story and feel scared when I was trying to remember how the creatures worked. My other issue was the pacing. I think the book could have benefitted from being longer and more drawn out, since everything after the first quarter felt rushed. * thank you to the publisher for sending me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Black Tide is a book that swiftly gets to the point and does not let up until the very end. I initially requested this novel because I noticed it was highly rated on Goodreads/NetGalley. Sometimes you need a story that can hook you immediately, and choosing this one was exactly what I needed. Black Tide is an excellent marriage of sci-fi and horror. I think I saw someone compare it to “A Quiet Place,” and honestly, that’s probably the best description. The claustrophobia seeps from the pages and Black Tide is a book that swiftly gets to the point and does not let up until the very end. I initially requested this novel because I noticed it was highly rated on Goodreads/NetGalley. Sometimes you need a story that can hook you immediately, and choosing this one was exactly what I needed. Black Tide is an excellent marriage of sci-fi and horror. I think I saw someone compare it to “A Quiet Place,” and honestly, that’s probably the best description. The claustrophobia seeps from the pages and doesn’t let go until the very last word. The only thing that I’d warn readers about is triggering animal stuffs. Everything else is kinda covered when you bring up sci-fi/horror, I think. So yeah, this was a 4 star read for me. I needed a book to hook me, and Black Tide answered that call pretty well. Thanks so much to NetGalley, TorNightfire, and the author for this eARC in exchange for an honest review!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This book surprised me. It was billed as Cujo meets A Quiet Place so naturally I was intrigued. However, I wasn’t sure about it in the beginning as I was bored fairly quickly. Once the action picked up I was hooked. I would say it has more science fiction mixed with horror elements. It was creepy and atmospheric. I listened to the audio and the narrators did a great job with it. Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan Audio for this arc in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was thrilling and scary, but did they really have to bone it out right when they thought they were going to die?? They were both injured, dehydrated, going to drown/get eaten, and their dog was literally bleeding out right next to them, and they get it on in the car and right afterward he was rarin' to go for round two. Eh. It was quick and entertaining, though. Full RTC. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review It was thrilling and scary, but did they really have to bone it out right when they thought they were going to die?? They were both injured, dehydrated, going to drown/get eaten, and their dog was literally bleeding out right next to them, and they get it on in the car and right afterward he was rarin' to go for round two. Eh. It was quick and entertaining, though. Full RTC. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lou Jacobs

    BLACK TIDE by K.C. Jones Publication Date: May 31, 2022 by Macmillan - Tor - Forge (Nightfire) A cinematic slice of life and death on a coastal beach of Oregon brimming with tension, horror , anxiety and dread. Our main two protagonists, Mike and Beth, are deeply troubled and flawed characters. Beth, by her own admission is a “hot mess” … seemingly always set up for failure. She is consumed by bad decisions and behavior . Her life without true purpose and goals has come down to housesitting for h BLACK TIDE by K.C. Jones Publication Date: May 31, 2022 by Macmillan - Tor - Forge (Nightfire) A cinematic slice of life and death on a coastal beach of Oregon brimming with tension, horror , anxiety and dread. Our main two protagonists, Mike and Beth, are deeply troubled and flawed characters. Beth, by her own admission is a “hot mess” … seemingly always set up for failure. She is consumed by bad decisions and behavior . Her life without true purpose and goals has come down to housesitting for her subsistence. Mike is a has been Hollywood producer, mourning and grieving for the loss of wife a year ago …. admittedly he acknowledges his failure as a husband and partner. A year ago she went for a walk on the beach, and never came back … most likely finding her solution in the depths of the ocean. Looking through her Nikon camera, Beth spots Mike over the fence wallowing his grief with champaign in a Solo cup. He appears disheveled with a scruffy beard and uncombed hair, and eyes that are noticeably red and glassy…. probably from crying. Beth takes the initiative and introduces herself over the fence, and invites herself to sharing the champaign. One thing leads to another with both falling into bed in a drunken and uninhibited state. Mike awakens in the night and decides to end his pain by taking a long and final walk into the ocean. He feels it was good to make a final connection with another human. As he traipses into the unforgiving ocean his plans are rudely short circuited. Overhead the skies light up with streaking lights and flashes and booming sounds and incredible crashes of bowling ball size objects plunging into the water. Up the beach, bright flashes occur followed by sounds like the earth is splitting in two. Then a sudden darkness occurs accompanied by a stench flowing through a breeze, with the foulness of rotten eggs. He returns to the beach house and awakens Beth, who awakens from a nightmare of sounds and images. They climb into his SUV with the aim of exploring the cause and results of these cataclysmic events. They find an isolated pocket of people on the beach awaiting an incoming boat to hopefully sweep them to safety. Everyone is terrified and suspects an apocalyptic event with the invasion of multiple types of horrific entities. Mike and Beth scramble back into the Subaru , just as it receives a barrage of shrieking rage by invisible forces that dent and rock the vehicle. (Beth calls them “streakers”). They note the “bowling ball” objects on the beach are sprouting virulent and twisted vines …. seeking out to encompass and ensnare any passing object. What originally sounds like helicopters in the sky, turns out to be an incomprehensible mass of of colors in a cloud-like formation with jellyfish tendrils, hanging down like long strands of spaghetti searching to grab onto anything in its path (“cloudfish”). The air was filled with tiny husks drifting downward like snow. All of the strange creatures did not present a united front, with some opposing the others. There were groups of other blob-like creatures that when they opened their mouths, visible were rows of needle-like teeth and instead of a tongue, there was a worm-like thing that shot outward. K.C. Jones crafts a masterful tableau of horror and impending doom and dread. Tension and anxiety inexorably escalates as Mike and Beth are trapped in their vehicle, as they are being pummeled by a multiplicity of horrors as the tide continues to raise…. they have lost the keys somewhere in the surrounding sand. Explored are the changing relationships between Beth and Mike, as they battle insurmountable terror and the developing need for resilience and innovation to survive. World building and characterization are superb and viscerally propel the narrative to an exhilarating denouement. I would anticipate this becoming a hit feature for the big screen. Thanks to NetGalley and Nightfire for supplying an Uncorrected Proof in exchange for an honest review. This debut for K.C. Jones will most likely be followed by a string of similar visceral expositions.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bandit

    An alien invasion tale by the way of the creature feature, Black Tide is stunningly mismarketed as Cujo meets the Quiet Place. The worst thing about derivative unimaginative comparison-based descriptions like that is that it’s misleading and sets up wrong expectations. I’m so glad I didn’t read it prior to going into this book. Do we even need to compare a book to a preexisting popular work? Can it just stand on its own two (or many) legs? This book certainly tries. To be fair, there isn’t much t An alien invasion tale by the way of the creature feature, Black Tide is stunningly mismarketed as Cujo meets the Quiet Place. The worst thing about derivative unimaginative comparison-based descriptions like that is that it’s misleading and sets up wrong expectations. I’m so glad I didn’t read it prior to going into this book. Do we even need to compare a book to a preexisting popular work? Can it just stand on its own two (or many) legs? This book certainly tries. To be fair, there isn’t much to the story here plot-wise. It takes place virtually in real time during an alien invasion (you want a comparison, how about Cloverfield?) with a tiny cast of three people and a Labrador. One of the main characters is Beth, a snarky and sarcastic but kind funny 33-year-old trainwreck of a person who’s trying to change her ways by building up a career of hopping from place to place housesitting. Is she really a trainwreck or did her mother just do such a thorough number of convincing her of it…you kind of have to read to find out. The fact that a 33-year-old woman’s entire sense of self-worth and self-esteem comes from her mother is pretty lamentable, but then again Beth doesn’t really read her age, she reads much, much younger. Alternatively, she reads very much like a millennial her age might. Mike, her circumstantial partner in crime/neighbor, is about a decade older and also reads a lot younger. A movie producer in exile, he’s been moping around his beachhouse, bemoaning the end of his relationship, the end for which he has been holding himself responsible. Mike’s all set to off himself out of his sorrows, when Beth pops along, the booze, they schmooze, the carouse, and the next morning it’s Apocalypse. And now the two of them, plus Jake the Labrador, are stuck dealing with a variety of creepy creatures, some of which are not even conventionally visible. And so, real time, detail by gory detail, Mike and Beth must fight to survive their new and terrifying reality. Along the way they’ll find romance and meet their innerheroes, get tough and get going…because it’s that kind of a story. There’s a kid there too, but she doesn’t get nearly as much screen time until later. So, overall, it’s kind of fun if all one very drawn out one note sort of fun. It’s lightly humorous, it has a lot of creature effects. It’s hip in a very young almost YA sort of way, although it’s definitely not YA, it just has that energy; and then it just ends…like maybe there might be a sequel or maybe it’s just a classic off into the sunset sort of thing. Middle of the road sort of read, albeit reasonably entertaining. Thanks Netgalley. This and more at https://advancetheplot.weebly.com/

  12. 4 out of 5

    Thushara

    "Black Tide is a sci-fi horror novel that’s described as Cujo meets The Quiet Place. After a drunken one-night stand, Mike and Beth awake the next day to discover a shocking astronomical event has caused widespread destruction. Little do they know that this was only the beginning. Stranded on the empty Oregon coast, their emergency calls unanswered and screams echoing all around them, these two strangers must trust in each other in order to survive an apocalyptic nightmare." "Black Tide is a sci-fi horror novel that’s described as Cujo meets The Quiet Place. After a drunken one-night stand, Mike and Beth awake the next day to discover a shocking astronomical event has caused widespread destruction. Little do they know that this was only the beginning. Stranded on the empty Oregon coast, their emergency calls unanswered and screams echoing all around them, these two strangers must trust in each other in order to survive an apocalyptic nightmare."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Philip Fracassi

    I loved this book from K.C. Jones. A fast-paced read with all the monsters, mayhem, and apocalyptic destruction you could ask for, told with a tight urgency that made me itch to jump back into it whenever I was forced to put it down. The violence is palpable, the bloodshed horrifically fun, and the characters the perfect blend of sardonic and sweet; flawed anti-heroes doing their best to both survive the unimaginable while also learning how to be human again in more subtle, fundamental ways. I en I loved this book from K.C. Jones. A fast-paced read with all the monsters, mayhem, and apocalyptic destruction you could ask for, told with a tight urgency that made me itch to jump back into it whenever I was forced to put it down. The violence is palpable, the bloodshed horrifically fun, and the characters the perfect blend of sardonic and sweet; flawed anti-heroes doing their best to both survive the unimaginable while also learning how to be human again in more subtle, fundamental ways. I enjoyed the "quiet" moments between the two main characters as much as (if not more than) the page-flipping scenes of mounting tension and terror, which is a testament to the author's willingness to show the best sides of humanity when it matters most - at the end of everything. A highly-recommended novel for anyone looking for a wickedly fun, gut-shot punch of a story with whip-smart dialogue and breathtakingly tense action sequences. Don't miss it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mike Finn

    I struggled with 'Black Tide' at the start but it turned out to be a well-structured Can they escape the monsters? end-of-the-world horror story with some moments of high tension. With the right cast, I think 'Black Tide' would make a great movie. After the first twenty per cent of the novel, I wasn't sure that 'Black Tide' was going to be my kind of novel. I was up for a character-driven, two strangers coming together to face down a scary apocalypse story as long as the characters mattered I struggled with 'Black Tide' at the start but it turned out to be a well-structured Can they escape the monsters? end-of-the-world horror story with some moments of high tension. With the right cast, I think 'Black Tide' would make a great movie. After the first twenty per cent of the novel, I wasn't sure that 'Black Tide' was going to be my kind of novel. I was up for a character-driven, two strangers coming together to face down a scary apocalypse story as long as the characters mattered to me. When I met them, neither Beth nor Mike appealed. Beth was a thirty-something woman with an alcohol problem, low self-esteem and a habit of pressing her self-destruct button whenever she is given any responsibility. Mike is forty-something 'my life is so hollow I want to kill myself - after I've drunk a few more $200 bottles of champagne on the deck of my beach house on the Oregon coast' rich Hollywood movie producer. Neither of them are people that I had much empathy for, so getting me to care whether they survived the apocalypse was going to be a challenge. The first half of the book dragged a little. They got drunk. They had sex. They each had weird things happen to them separately in the middle of the night which neither of them decided to share even though it was an extraordinary night with meteors striking nearby. The next morning, Beth carries on drinking as a way of not facing up to the world, Mike is still wondering whether being alive is worth the effort and both of them drive to a beach to see if they can find where the meteors struck. When they get there, they can see that something weird is going on but they make no effort to communicate with the people around them to find out what is going on. At this point is was happy to nominate both of them for a Darwin Award. It seemed to me that, if anyone was going to survive the coming apocalypse, it shouldn't be these two no-hopers. I'd reached halfway through the book and was ready to give up when the pace suddenly changed and I was immersed in a well-structured horror/thriller with scary monsters, a growing body count, lots of blood and an absorbing struggle for survival against the odds. How did this transformation occur? Well, firstly we finally got to see the alien monsters and they were original, well-thought-through and truly terrifying. Secondly, the plot tightened, the threat-to-hope ratio was being gradually cranked up until the smallest hope seemed like a relief and the threats seemed likely to be fatal. Then Beth seemed to undergo a personality transplant after being shot in the head (just a graze) and bitten by one monster and infected by another. I would have expected the Beth I met in the first half of the book to climb into a bottle at this point, let shock take over and wait to die. Instead, she suddenly becomes, competent, brave and capable of deep empathy and sensitivity when dealing with strangers who are in danger. That worked well for the plot but I wondered why I'd had to spend so long watching her demonstrate her long-established habit of self-destruction if she was going to become more than a little kickass under pressure. Where Beth and Mike had spent the first part of the book being too unimaginative/self-involved to understand or even notice what was going on, they spent the second half of the book coming up with a variety of ingenious plans to get themselves off the beach they were trapped on and analysing the behaviour or the alien monsters to understand their weak points. K.C. Jones' masterstroke, the one that did more than anything else to ramp up the tension and play on the emotions was to shift the focus from Beth and Mike finally stay sober long enough to rescue themselves to Beth and Mike and their wounded but brave dog give their all to save a stranded little girl who is cuter, brighter and braver than either of them. I defy anyone to get through the last scenes on the beach without being emotionally involved and routing for all the good guys to be OK while being far from certain that they will all survive. I recommend the audiobook version of 'Black Tide'. The book is written mostly from the point of view of Beth or Mike in alternating chapters. The audiobook leverages this with two narrators, one for Beth and one for Mike, which I think worked well.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    Very excited to dive into this one. Also, that cover? Amazing. Thank you to TOR Nightfire for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Irene Well Worth A Read

    DNF at the 15% mark because I really do not like Beth and can't get interested in the story because I only care about the dog DNF at the 15% mark because I really do not like Beth and can't get interested in the story because I only care about the dog

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    4.5 Stars rounded up This is what I want to call FUN horror- edge of your seat, can’t put it down, and pulls you in from the first chapter. This book plays out just like a movie- and from reading the author’s note at the end, sounds like it started as a screenplay which makes perfect sense. This is The Quiet Place meets War of The Worlds (the movie, not the book, the book put me to sleep). I tore my way through this one SO FAST and honestly could have handled it being another 100 pages or so! T 4.5 Stars rounded up This is what I want to call FUN horror- edge of your seat, can’t put it down, and pulls you in from the first chapter. This book plays out just like a movie- and from reading the author’s note at the end, sounds like it started as a screenplay which makes perfect sense. This is The Quiet Place meets War of The Worlds (the movie, not the book, the book put me to sleep). I tore my way through this one SO FAST and honestly could have handled it being another 100 pages or so! Tor Nightfire, you have done your magic again and MANY THANKS for this advanced reader copy!! As usual, for most of the horror books I read: ALL of the trigger warnings! Read this if you like: scifi horror, cosmic horror, apocalyptic horror

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    This was the perfect sick read. I binged on this book in between napping off the first doozy of a head cold slash flu I've experienced since the pandemic started. The pacing was perfect, the snark was superb, and the references to Cujo and A Quiet Place were pretty spot on. The narrative bounces between the first person perspectives of Mike, a melancholy movie producer who appears set on drowning his sorrows in the bottom of a champaign bottle, and Beth, who is house-and-dog-sitting for his neig This was the perfect sick read. I binged on this book in between napping off the first doozy of a head cold slash flu I've experienced since the pandemic started. The pacing was perfect, the snark was superb, and the references to Cujo and A Quiet Place were pretty spot on. The narrative bounces between the first person perspectives of Mike, a melancholy movie producer who appears set on drowning his sorrows in the bottom of a champaign bottle, and Beth, who is house-and-dog-sitting for his neighbor and unbeknownst to him, has been eyeballing Mike and that bottle of bubbly for a while. She finally works up the courage to introduce herself and, as things do in awkward and drunken meetings like this, the two end up doing the dirty back at his place. The morning after, Beth wakes from the strangest nightmare she's ever experienced, and Mike tells her all about the meteorite shower she missed, showing her the odd spherical ball he and Jake, the dog she's supposed to be caring for, brought back from one of the impact points on the beach. They head back to the ocean to see what more they can see, and what they see are people nervously waiting for a boat to come gather them up and take them away to safety. Safety? What in the world do they need to be saved from? Beth and Mike are beginning to worry that they missed an important memo when a police SUV careens onto the beach, begging everyone to disperse, to go home and lock their doors and await further instruction. Only he appears to have arrived too late... as an unearthly noise sounds off from the other side of the dunes, and a man who was flagging down the boatman is ripped from the spot with a gutteral scream. One second he's there, waiving his hands, and the next, he's just... not. What follows is a front row seat to the end of the world as it is happening. Mike and Beth are determined to survive the alien invasion if it kills them, which, c'mon, if we're being honest, it might just do!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! Black Tide introduces us to Beth, a self professed human car wreck with strong mommy issues, who's hustling as a housekeeper. It is during one of these house-sitting/dog-sitting jobs that she meets Mike, the depressed producer next door and their need for human connection draws them closer the night a "meteor" shower falls from the sky. From then on, Jones spins a tale of cosmic horror that's both reminis Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! Black Tide introduces us to Beth, a self professed human car wreck with strong mommy issues, who's hustling as a housekeeper. It is during one of these house-sitting/dog-sitting jobs that she meets Mike, the depressed producer next door and their need for human connection draws them closer the night a "meteor" shower falls from the sky. From then on, Jones spins a tale of cosmic horror that's both reminiscent of Stephen King's Cujo and The Mist that feels claustrophobic and helpless, even frustrasting at times, but I was really invested in the characters (Jake joins the gallery of best fictional dogs of all time, honestly) with the lulls in the story providing for some good insight from the protagonists- I was pretty hooked from beginning to end, and sci-fi and horror elements were quite good. There's a certain moment that made me scratch my head towards the end which is why I'm giving this four stars but overall, this is a pretty good little horror book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    4 ⭐️ // CAWPILE rating 7.00 Loved the close proximity, isolated setting. I loved the plot and how the story played out. Really exciting. Really fast paced. This book was crazy and had my emotions everywhere. I was ON EDGE the whole time. This book was stressful AF for me to read. I loved that it was dual perspective because if I would have been stuck in Beth’s head the whole time I probably would have gone crazy, lol. Beth & Mike, our main characters, drove me nuts! Not in a “I hate you” sort of 4 ⭐️ // CAWPILE rating 7.00 Loved the close proximity, isolated setting. I loved the plot and how the story played out. Really exciting. Really fast paced. This book was crazy and had my emotions everywhere. I was ON EDGE the whole time. This book was stressful AF for me to read. I loved that it was dual perspective because if I would have been stuck in Beth’s head the whole time I probably would have gone crazy, lol. Beth & Mike, our main characters, drove me nuts! Not in a “I hate you” sort of way but they were SO aggravating. They had me yelling at the top of my lungs because of the choices they were making. That doesn’t happen to me often! It took them way too long to get with the program and they had me STRESSED. The atmosphere was more than enough to stress me out, I was so scared for them! All the sci-fi elements to this book FREAKED me out (which I’m just now figuring out and now I need to read more of that, lol) And there’s a dog in book. A DOG! Why?!? Nothing good ever comes of pets in these situations! So I was just waiting. STRESSFUL! I swear, between the characters and the stuff that was happening, my blood pressure had to be through the roof with this one. lol. But all of that made for an intense read and a pretty good time. My main issue with this book was the writing. Not the style, that was fine. I just feel like someone should have read through and flagged the inconsistencies. There are two scenes in particular that stand out. I won’t say what they are, because spoilers, but they just didn’t make sense for the character involved and what they did/said. Also, all the internal dialogue mid stressful, high intensity situation? Annoying. Maybe that was to prolong the tension or give us more insight into the characters mind, but they’d be in the middle of something where they have to move and think fast and they would just freeze and start contemplating life. Who does that?! No one. Didn’t make sense. Also, in the last quarter of the book, the character traits and internal dialogue in different characters read too similar, to me. But, all that said. This was a really fun book. Stressful and kind of messy but I love when stories make me feel INTENSELY and this book did that from pretty much the beginning to end. I was able to visualize everything clearly, which was horrifying, and I’m satisfied with how it all came together. I’m really happy to have read this. Watch my reading vlog here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFmbm... Thanks so much to NetGalley and Tor Nightfire for the arc!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    Thank you to Tor Nightfire for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review. Beth is a house sitter, and she has finally built her business up to be trusted in nice neighborhood called Strawberry Dunes. She is staying at one of the nicest places she has ever been and so far it has been great. It is even better when she meets Mike. One thing leads to another and they are hooking up and being a little less lonely then they were before. However, when they wake up the next morning, well more in Thank you to Tor Nightfire for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review. Beth is a house sitter, and she has finally built her business up to be trusted in nice neighborhood called Strawberry Dunes. She is staying at one of the nicest places she has ever been and so far it has been great. It is even better when she meets Mike. One thing leads to another and they are hooking up and being a little less lonely then they were before. However, when they wake up the next morning, well more in the middle of the night there is a strange meteor shower, and little do they know their whole world is about to change. At first it seems that that the meteor shower actually let meteorites hit the Earth, but then they meet people who explain that their is damage and the power is out all all over the place. Then the tide rises and people start to disappear. What is going on? What is happening to all the people? How can they get out of this area? Why is happening to the people that are disappearing? Can Beth and Mike survive what new nightmare has been unleashed or will they fall victim to the new menace. I thought this was an interesting read, I think I might read it again. Just to see if really get everything that was going on. It felt a little busy and doesn't explain much at all. While that isn't my usual genre or on my list of things I enjoy about a book, I did like this one. It leaves you with a creeping sense of dread and wondering what will happen to them.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Ruth (The best boyfriends are book boyfriends)

    Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for this Arc! This book is described as sci-fi/horror and if you are in the mood for that then this is the perfect read. It's just another day and then it's the end of the world. This was a great read for me because it gave me exactly what I wanted without any of the confused explanations that are in longer apolypse style stories. I really wanted a fast-paced horror and that's what I got and I couldn't ask for more. This book features a few interesting main char Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for this Arc! This book is described as sci-fi/horror and if you are in the mood for that then this is the perfect read. It's just another day and then it's the end of the world. This was a great read for me because it gave me exactly what I wanted without any of the confused explanations that are in longer apolypse style stories. I really wanted a fast-paced horror and that's what I got and I couldn't ask for more. This book features a few interesting main characters that drive the story forward and a whole lot of action! Definitely recommend this one! Out April 31st!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Becky Spratford

    Review appears in the March 1, 2022 issue of Booklist and on the blog [link live on 3/4/22]: https://raforall.blogspot.com/2022/03... Three Words That Describe This Book: cinematic, harrowing, apocalypse in real time. From the draft review: A solid, harrowing, apocalypse as it unfolds, Horror-SF hybrid for fans of The Silence by Lebbon and Bird Box by Malerman with a dash of Lovecraftian sensibility in the vein of Kiernan's Tinfoil Dossier series, but beware, the dog dies in the end. Review appears in the March 1, 2022 issue of Booklist and on the blog [link live on 3/4/22]: https://raforall.blogspot.com/2022/03... Three Words That Describe This Book: cinematic, harrowing, apocalypse in real time. From the draft review: A solid, harrowing, apocalypse as it unfolds, Horror-SF hybrid for fans of The Silence by Lebbon and Bird Box by Malerman with a dash of Lovecraftian sensibility in the vein of Kiernan's Tinfoil Dossier series, but beware, the dog dies in the end.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    4.5* The synopsis's description of Black Tide as "cinematic" is spot on, because after finishing this, my first thought was "okay this needs to be a movie!" It was quite a ride, that is for sure, and one that I never wanted to put down. We are introduced to Beth, who basically is a whole mess of a person. She's housesitting in a coastal Oregon town, and finds neighbor Mike sitting in his yard. They spend a night together, and that is when things start to go awry. They head to the beach to try to f 4.5* The synopsis's description of Black Tide as "cinematic" is spot on, because after finishing this, my first thought was "okay this needs to be a movie!" It was quite a ride, that is for sure, and one that I never wanted to put down. We are introduced to Beth, who basically is a whole mess of a person. She's housesitting in a coastal Oregon town, and finds neighbor Mike sitting in his yard. They spend a night together, and that is when things start to go awry. They head to the beach to try to figure out what the heck happened during the prior night's meteor storm, and find themselves helplessly stranded, and at the mercy of some unknown entities. The bulk of the story takes place during the day they are stranded. It's just Beth, Mike, and the dog she's watching, trying to figure out how to get back off the beach. They encounter a few people along the way, all of whom are trying just as desperately to get out of dodge. They try to board a boat, but who knows if this will keep them safe. Beth and Mike still have no idea what they're up against- the most they can surmise is that some sort of creature is snatching people from literally everywhere and they're goners. They finally see a police officer get taken, and they know it's no joke. While things seem hopeless, Beth and Mike are scrappy enough to keep on trying. And while they do, we learn a lot more about them as characters, which also really made me hope they'd make it out safely even more. They seem like such realistic and flawed characters, which makes their plight even more relatable- any reader could picture themselves, complete with baggage and inadequacies, trying their best to survive despite having no discernable survival skills other than the sheer will to live. It's a very tense and exciting book, and the more I read about Beth and Mike, the more desperate I was to survive. There are a couple of great twists that increased the stakes a lot, which I loved too. I may have wanted a few more answers at the end, but it was also really appropriate for the vibe of the story as a whole. That said, I would absolutely love to read more stories set in this world, because it was quite fabulous! Bottom Line: High stakes, great characters, a chilling apocalypse... yep, this was my kind of story !You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

  25. 5 out of 5

    carissa | the.grim.readers

    3.5 creepy stars rounded up to 4! This one was a fantastic mix of creature feature horror, a beachy atmospheric setting, and constantly questioning if the main characters are fully sane or if they are imagining what was happening. Written to evoke many different emotions in the reader, the scenes that stuck with me the most where ones that our main character was feeling so trapped and claustrophobic that I was beginning to feel very anxious and boxed in as well. While there were definitely points 3.5 creepy stars rounded up to 4! This one was a fantastic mix of creature feature horror, a beachy atmospheric setting, and constantly questioning if the main characters are fully sane or if they are imagining what was happening. Written to evoke many different emotions in the reader, the scenes that stuck with me the most where ones that our main character was feeling so trapped and claustrophobic that I was beginning to feel very anxious and boxed in as well. While there were definitely points throughout that I felt lulled just a little bit, overall this was a pretty quick read and fit a lot into it's 275 pages. If you're someone who has previously enjoyed bird box, the venom movies, or the black winter series by darcy coates, I highly recommend giving this fun horror novel a try. Publishes Tuesday, May 31st! Thank you to Netgalley and Tor Nightfire for providing me with an ARC for review!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alexia | Right Writing Words

    This was such a tense book and I'm impressed with how the author handled the limited setting. Full review to come! This was such a tense book and I'm impressed with how the author handled the limited setting. Full review to come!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Misty

    Reading Black Tide by KC Jones felt like tripping through the imagination of Lewis Carroll as he directed Alice down the rabbit hole. Suddenly reality is skewed and the experience is as if seen through a lens of drug induced hallucinations. Jones begins with an introduction to Beth—a young woman with a tough as nails exterior and battle scars that hover beneath the surface, coloring her every action and interaction. She is, by necessity, a wanderer, moving from one house sitting job to the next, Reading Black Tide by KC Jones felt like tripping through the imagination of Lewis Carroll as he directed Alice down the rabbit hole. Suddenly reality is skewed and the experience is as if seen through a lens of drug induced hallucinations. Jones begins with an introduction to Beth—a young woman with a tough as nails exterior and battle scars that hover beneath the surface, coloring her every action and interaction. She is, by necessity, a wanderer, moving from one house sitting job to the next, untethered and uninhibited, with the haunting memories of her mother’s callous parenting chasing her from behind. One evening, while house sitting a beach home and a dog for a wealthy family she notices Mike, the enigmatic man next door, sitting by his fire pit. She finagles an invitation to join him, and their fates collide when that night an unprecedented and unexplained event causes a variety of vicious monsters to suddenly appear on earth—and a variety of earthlings to simply…disappear. It is in the description of the hellacious alien creatures that author Jones shines, as the horror of each practically drips from the page and into the reader’s psyche. The suspension of disbelief needed to engage with the premise is seamless and occurs without hesitation—truly the hallmark of a writer who knows their audience. As cloud fish, shriekers and bowling ball entities shred the world as we know it to pieces, Jones maintains the banter that forms the basis of the budding relationship between Beth and Mike as they struggle to survive and save one another. In the same way that the descriptive passages are the strength of the writing, the relationship building aspects of the story are the weakness. Whilst you don’t have to like characters to invest in the story, one does need to have an interest in their predicament and the eventual outcome. In this case, both Beth and Mike were so flawed as to be almost acerbic in their interactions. I had no horse in the race as to whether or not they survived, which tempered my reaction to a number of the presented scenarios. I was completely indifferent to the outcome. Overall, well written and imaginative, full of vivid imagery that may leave you with nightmares for many days to come. Definitely worth a read for the monsters alone. Thanks to NetGalley and MacMillan Tor/Forge for allowing me access to an ARC. Publication is scheduled for May 31, 2022.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    The nitty-gritty: Relentless pacing and a unique apocalyptic event make Black Tide a standout horror debut. Just in time for summer beach season, Black Tide is a nail-biter of a thriller that will assure you’ll never want to step foot on a beach again. Jones’ tale is a creepy and often terrifying survival story with cosmic horror influences, and I had an absolute blast with it. Not only is it entertaining, but there’s also quite a bit of depth to the characters and even a bit of humor. This is K. The nitty-gritty: Relentless pacing and a unique apocalyptic event make Black Tide a standout horror debut. Just in time for summer beach season, Black Tide is a nail-biter of a thriller that will assure you’ll never want to step foot on a beach again. Jones’ tale is a creepy and often terrifying survival story with cosmic horror influences, and I had an absolute blast with it. Not only is it entertaining, but there’s also quite a bit of depth to the characters and even a bit of humor. This is K.C. Jones’ debut, and I was very impressed! Beth is housesitting on the Oregon coast when she meets next door neighbor Mike, a movie producer who is celebrating the completion of his latest project. The two hook up after a few too many bottles of champagne, but during the night, everything goes to hell when a meteor shower ushers in an apocalyptic nightmare. At first, Mike is puzzled by the odd “meteor” he finds after an early morning walk. When he shows it to Beth, they decide to pack a picnic and go to the beach to see what else the cosmic event has left behind. Along with Jake, the yellow lab that Beth is taking care of, they pile into Mike’s Subaru and drive down to the beach. But once they arrive, it’s clear that something isn’t quite right. Other people are there milling about and looking worried. The skies are full of weird, dark clouds, and the beach is covered with round bowling ball-like objects, just like the one Mike found. No one can get a cell phone signal, and even Jake seems nervous about something. When the police arrive and tell everyone to go home, Mike and Beth discover that their car key is missing. Something monstrous has arrived with the meteor shower, and now Mike, Beth and Jake are trapped in their car, with no way to leave.  Black Tide was one of the scariest books I’ve read in a long time, and I was so worried for the characters that at times I had to skip to the end of the chapter to make sure everyone was ok, it was so stressful! The tension is so well done and the pacing was near perfect. There’s a bit of set-up in the beginning when we’re introduced to Mike and Beth, but it doesn’t take long for the action to pick up as the author immediately throws his characters into the deep end—so to speak. I won’t go into too much detail about what they find on the beach, but I will say the creatures they come up against are strange and otherworldly and pretty damn scary. Jones gives us just enough description but also holds back a little, so that each reader will draw their own conclusions about what these nightmares look like. I also thought the setting was perfect. I’m not familiar with the Oregon coast, but the beach in the story has large sand dunes, which the author uses to his advantage to ramp up the tension. I also loved the way the characters slowly come to the realization that they’re trapped. At first it’s just a normal day at the beach, but little by little threats pop up and before you know it, Mike and Beth are wondering whether they’ll actually survive the day. This creeping terror is so well done, and the author throws in small events that show the threat isn’t just confined to the beach, but it could be everywhere. And I loved the explanation of why it all happened, it was pretty cool. The characters are great too. Jones gives both Mike and Beth interesting backstories (and past traumas) that come into play during the story. Mike is mourning a loss, and Beth is still trying to come to terms with the toxic relationship with her mother, who called Beth a “human car wreck” throughout her childhood years. At thirty-three, Beth has fully embraced that moniker and can’t seem to get beyond it. The dialog between the two felt authentic as well. Beth has a mean streak and isn’t very nice to Mike at times, but I thought it worked. They’re basically strangers thrown into a terrible situation, forced to work together to stay alive, and the tension between them was fantastic. I did have a couple of negatives, though. First, you all know I’m a big dog lover, and word of warning: things do not go well for poor Jake. I really didn’t like the way the author handled his scenes, and at one point I almost threw the book against the wall. It took me days to calm down and write this review, so sensitive dog people, do beware. I also didn’t care for the ending. A new character is introduced late in the story and it wasn’t my favorite plot twist (although other readers will probably enjoy it). And the ending is rather vague and even leaves the possibility for a sequel, although I don’t think that was the author’s intention. But aside from these things, I can’t stress enough how much fun I had with this book. If you’re looking for an edge-of-your-seat survival story with otherworldly creatures, Black Tide is hard to beat. Big thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy. 

  29. 4 out of 5

    The Captain

    Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this horror eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . . The story begins with following Beth, who is a mess of a person.  If there is a bad choice, she will make it.  I had a hard time with the beginning of the novel because I didn't find Beth to be likeable at first.  I also didn't like the continuing analogy of her being a "car wreck."  I did find her job of house-sitting for the rich to be kind of fun.  Beth is bor Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this horror eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . . The story begins with following Beth, who is a mess of a person.  If there is a bad choice, she will make it.  I had a hard time with the beginning of the novel because I didn't find Beth to be likeable at first.  I also didn't like the continuing analogy of her being a "car wreck."  I did find her job of house-sitting for the rich to be kind of fun.  Beth is bored and looking for trouble so she goes to seduce the neighbor, Mike.  But the one-night-stand happens to coincide with the end of the world. Mike and Beth initially don't know what is going on because they were focused on other things.  I enjoyed that set-up.  The two (and the dog) go to the local beach to collect meteors that fell that night.  While there, they begin to learn what really happened and also end up trapped in the car.  For a story where the characters are stuck, I actually found a lot of tension and suspense.  Both the characters and the reader are learning as the day progresses and that was a lot of fun.  Plus I enjoyed the reason the world ended and how Beth and Mike deal with it.  The strangers have to rely on each other to survive. There were some negatives.  Things do not go well for Jake the dog and really was the dog necessary?  He seemed added in to elicit sympathy and be a plot device.  Also a third character is thrown into the mix and that is where both the plot and especially the ending did not appeal to me.  The book is filled with unbelievable things that are still fun but when third character arrives, the unbelievability involving the human behavior is ratcheted up and I didn't like it.  It is personal preference though.  Others might enjoy that twist.  Oh and there is a random sex scene in the latter part of the book that could have been tossed out for the better. Overall though, I really enjoyed the tension of being trapped in the car on a beach with otherworldly creatures.  The ending was vague and the characters seemed hopeful.  But I don't think things bode well for them.  Arrr!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Coral

    This was a compelling apocalypse novel. It has some really sensitive subject matter concerning a dog though, who is in distress almost the entire book and ends up getting injured (view spoiler)[ and unfortunately also does not have a happy ending (hide spoiler)] . It made it harder for me to really relax and enjoy this because I was very, very worried about the poor pooch. This was a compelling apocalypse novel. It has some really sensitive subject matter concerning a dog though, who is in distress almost the entire book and ends up getting injured (view spoiler)[ and unfortunately also does not have a happy ending (hide spoiler)] . It made it harder for me to really relax and enjoy this because I was very, very worried about the poor pooch.

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