Goodreads Synopsis: When high-school senior Noah Gallagher and his adopted teenage sister, Lo, go to live with their grandmother in her island cottage for the summer, they don’t expect much in the way of adventure. Noah has landed a marine biology internship, and Lo wants to draw and paint, perhaps even to vanquish her struggles with bulimia. But then things take a dramatic turn for them both when Noah mistakenly tries to save a mysterious girl from drowning. This dreamlike, suspenseful story—deftly told from multiple points of view—dives deeply into selkie folklore while examining the fluid nature of love and family.
Having enjoyed other books by Cornwell I decided to give this one a try.
Tides follows siblings Noah and Lo as they visit their grandmother, as well as Mara (a selkie) and her family. From the beginning I was drawn in by the characters and how well written they are. Each as a strong and unique voice so even though I personally dislike more than two POV switches, it seemed to work for this book. Noah and Mara feel real and you like them from the beginning. Some of the other characters like Lo time more time to get to know but once you do you love them all.
The plot starts off at a steady but slower pace, one that I personally really liked. I also really enjoyed the dynamics between the families. Noah, Lo and the Grandmother work through some hurt and I loved seeing how strong their relationship was by the end.
But if you think this book will be all family and magic you might be surprised at the serious turns it takes. Tides tackles eating disorders as well. Trigger warnings for that! It does go into detail about how affected one can be.
I gave this book 3 (3.5 really) stars on Goodreads, the reason I didn’t give it more was because of the writing style which I felt was a little simplistic at times. The book seems geared for older teen readers but the style at times felt like it was for a younger audience. But I thoroughly enjoyed this book and believe you will as well.