When Claire Cooper was eight years old her mother mysteriously vanished during Hop-tu-naa, Halloween on the Isle of Man. At fourteen, Claire is still struggling to come to terms with her disappearance when she's befriended by a group of five teenagers who mark every Halloween by performing dares. But Claire's arrival begins to alter the group's dynamic until one year a prank goes terribly wrong, changing all their futures and tearing the friends apart.
Six years later, one of the friends is killed on Halloween in an apparent accident. But Claire, now a police officer, has her doubts. Is a single footprint found near the body a deliberate taunt? As another Halloween dawns, bringing with it another death and another footprint, Claire becomes convinced that somebody is seeking vengeance. But who? And which of the friends might be next? If she is going to stop a killer and unlock the dark secrets of her past, Claire must confront her deepest fears, before it's too late.
Chris Ewan, author of the stand alone thrillers Safe House and Dead Line, returns to the Isle of Man with Dark Tides-a thriller that will keep you up all night.
On the Isle of Man in 2005, friends of 18-year-old Claire Cooper, the narrator of this derivative thriller from Ewan (Safe House), rope her into a reckless act on Hop-tu-naa, as Halloween is known on the island. Claire's friends want to terrify Edward Caine, a creepy older man, who once employed Claire's mother as his personal assistant. They plan to break into his mansion and leave an outward pointing footprint in the ash in front of Caine's fireplace, a sign that someone in his family will soon die. The scheme goes awry, ending in unexpected violence. The consequences of the bloodshed continue through the years until 2014, as the conspirators are picked off one by one. Claire, now a detective constable, insinuates herself into the investigations, crossing many lines in an effort to remain alive and uncover the truth. The plot structure is reminiscent of a score of slasher movies, and Ewan doesn't do enough that's new to dispel associations with those familiar tropes.
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Read this book in two days. What was going to happen next Hop tu naa and how did it link to the past?