December 18, 2011

By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Reviewed by Philip Lindhorst
Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Ragged Island is home to a truly devilish, monstrous creation. It’s called the Water Pit. Discovered by Simon Rutter in 1970, and as the name suggests the pit is believed to be extremely deep and full of water. The legend goes that there’s a pirate treasure down in the Water Pit’s unmerciful depths. There’s only one problem, the island itself is cursed.

          Malin Hatch is reluctant to let anyone on the island. It bankrupted his family and killed his father and brother. Now a company has come forward, claiming they have the Water Pit’s secret, and superior technology than those before them. Malin is convinced that this company, Thalassa, can finally pull out the treasure. Not only that, but he wants to find out what happened to his brother. He returns home to Stormhaven, Maine and finds everything the same as it was when he left many years ago with his mother. Everything is laid out and goes according to plan, until freaky things start to happen. Their tech malfunctions, people start to die, and accidents become frequent. Hatch starts to believe in the curse himself. How will they get past these obstacles? Will they find the treasure? Is there really a true curse on the island?

          Riptide is exciting, suspenseful, fast-paced, action-packed, and full of mysteries and puzzles. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child both do a fantastic job of grabbing the reader’s attention and holding on to it throughout the book, however many parts are slow and boring, or really make you want to just skip over that part instead of actually reading it. Riptide is one of these stories that can be enjoyed by anyone who prefers action, horror, mystery, or just a thrilling plot. The ending is unexpected, and definitely puts a spin on your thought of the book. Riptide is a great read, can be read many times, and it’s still amazing every time.


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