The Mercy of the Tide could be considered Keith Rosson’s debut novel. While he’s written books before, this is the first one to be picked up by a publisher. I dove into this book knowing nothing about the author and very little about the book itself. It takes place in the fictional town of Riptide, Oregon, based off of Rosson’s hometown. Some portrayals of Oregon are accurate while others are twisted just enough to fit the story.
The story is told from the perspective of four different people: Sam Finster, Trina Finster, Dave Hobbs, and Nick Hayslip. They aren’t the only characters in the book by far, but the story largely revolves around them. Sam and Trina lost their mother, Dave lost his wife, and more bodies are discovered throughout the story.
When the story initially starts, there’s no way to know how it will end, unless you read books backwards, and I really hope you don’t. At first, the connection between the characters is unclear (except for Sam and Trina, who are brother and sister). As you make your way through the book it will take you on quite the ride. Piece by piece, Rosson guides you to the conclusion and nicely puts all off the connections together for you. It’s a great way to keep you engaged and wondering just what their actions have to do with one another.
Keith Rosson has shown that just because your first book doesn’t work (or maybe even a few books) doesn’t mean you can’t continue to hone your craft and release something wonderful. This book might not be for everyone. As I mentioned earlier, there are bodies found that come along with some vivid descriptions. And there are also some animal scenes that some may not be fond of. However, if you can handle those things, it would be irresponsible to not recommend this book. It’s a good read and the mostly short chapters make you feel like you’re speeding right through it (or is that something that only happens to me?).
Keith Rosson will have at least one more book coming in the future and I’m hoping for many more. He’s a writer who is now on my list of “check out everything they release.” If you’re interested you can grab a copy of the book via Amazon.