Caleb Hunter awakens one night on the
beach, naked and confused. Except for a few major details,
he’s forgotten everything about his life. He enlists the
aid of Meg, who lives on the beach. She lets him stay, and
he begins to care for her. His lack of memory and the fact
that he’s pretty sure someone tried to kill him could make
forming a relationship difficult, though…
Meg Donovan is initially terrified when
the naked, disoriented man shows up on her beach. Later,
she agrees to help him and begins to have feelings for him.
Still, issues with her husband’s death and guilt over the
past keep rising up, and then even darker problems arise.
Can Meg put her past aside to make a future with Caleb?
Dark Tides initially
appears to be a pretty standard tale of amnesia, but as the
story progresses paranormal elements are added. Caleb is an
interesting character because he knows so little about
himself. He is a kind, caring man, but flashes of
frustration appear, and sometimes darker emotions that seem
inexplicable. Meg has survived a great deal, but has spent
the past few years locked in grief and guilt. Being a
sucker for tortured heroes and heroines, I liked watching
two such damaged characters find each other. As the book
progressed, Celia Ashley did a good job of ratcheting up the
spooky atmosphere. The paranormal twist at the end was
pretty cool, elevating this one a bit from the overcrowded
ranks of the amnesia-tale.