Black Tide

Tor Nightfire. May 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781250792693. pap. $15.99. HORROR
Beth is dog-sitting at a remote Oregon beach house when she makes a connection with a neighbor. Mike and Beth wake up after a champagne-fueled one-night stand to find that a major astronomical event has brought more than just meteorites and a light show—it’s an alien invasion. Then a lost car key strands them, along with Jake the dog. There are inhuman screams coming from the dunes, and the tide is quickly rising. Mike and Beth’s descent into terror and examination of the mental and physical limits between them make for a superb, fast-paced read that will compel readers to quickly devour the book. The cover is stark and does a good job of projecting the loneliness of the main characters.
VERDICT Excellent writing, a consuming plot, and relatable characters make this an easy recommendation for library collection where sf/horror circulates well.
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