Elizabeth Haynes, who wrote the bestseller "Into the Darkest Corner," has penned another piece of crime fiction, "Dark Tide." (Harper, 388 pages)
The story centers on Genevieve "Genny" Shipley, a software saleswoman by day and exotic dancer by night. Things become very complicated when her day boss spots her at the unsavory men's club in which she performs.
But Genny has a reason for her night job - she yearns to buy a ship and live a life away from London. Befriended by one of the bouncers or enforcers at the club, Dylan, Genny secures the money to purchase an old barge.
But the favor comes with a price attached - she must guard a mysterious package for Dylan. Does this package contain a stash of drugs or money stolen from Fitz, the owner of the Barclay?
Though Genny leaves London and her former jobs behind and begins living on her converted barge on the Medway River, things take a nightmarish turn when she finds the body of her friend, Caddy, floating in the river near her houseboat.
Genny fears her past and the dangerous men from the Barclay club have caught up with her. Things become desperate when she finds that the package has disappeared.
Elizabeth Haynes, who works as police intelligence analyst in England, is an author well worth reading.