A quiet little town is peppered by strange occurrences that seem a little otherworldly in The Mercy of the Tide by Keith Rosson.
In the small town of Riptide, the discovery of a child’s skeleton in a park sparks an investigation into its origin, as well as the idea that it might be related to the recent, strange displays of dead birds near particular people’s homes. Following in the wake of grief from a double fatal car crash three months prior, the lives of the three remaining in the Finster family, Sheriff Dobbs, and Nick Hayslip are intricately pulled together again by the investigation of the skeleton and the odd, supernatural happenings that follow it.
The characters were well developed and they were nuanced with redeeming characteristics and flaws such that made it easy to connect with them and become invested in their future. The story has a bit of a Stranger Things feel to it with the creature wreaking havoc on the town. I found that the ending was a bit too abrupt – there was a nice, slow build toward the development of the ending, but when it actually came it more or less happened and then immediately fizzled into nothingness with no more text. As a side note, I really enjoyed the Shakespearean section openers that briefly told the reader what was contained therein and was going to happen.
Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars.