The High Tide Club: A Novel

The High Tide Club: A Novel

by Mary Kay Andrews


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An instant New York Times bestseller (May 2018) from the author of The Weekenders - a delightful new novel about new love, old secrets, and the kind of friendship that transcends generations.

Eccentric heiress Josephine Warrick is a notorious recluse - reigning over a crumbling pink mansion on a private island, she is rarely seen but often whispered about. So when Brooke Trappnell, a struggling young lawyer, is summoned to the island, she has no idea what's in store. As she listens to Josephine recount a story of old friendship, dark secrets, and a mysterious murder, it becomes clear that Brooke is there for two reasons: to help protect Josephine's beloved island, and to make amends with her old friends, the skinny-dipping, secret-keeping girls of the The High Tide Club.

To fulfill a dying woman's last wish, Brooke must track down the descendants of Josephine's closest friends and bring them together for a reunion of women who've never actually met. But in doing so, Brooke uncovers a scandal that could make someone rich beyond their wildest dreams…or cause them to be in the crosshairs of a murderer.

The High Tide Club is Mary Kay Andrews at her very best - a compelling story steeped in mystery, fierce friendship, love lost and found.

Praise for The High Tide Club:

"Andrews creates a story that is at turns suspenseful, sad, and hopeful, with plenty of surprising twists.Her dialogue is natural and funny, and even her minor characters are fully drawn with unique voices...Another satisfying summer read from the queen of the beach." —Kirkus

"A compelling novel about the people and places that shape a life and the secrets that create ripples for generations. With a unique setting, mysterious flashbacks, romance, and a surprising twist, this book will not disappoint readers looking for a juicy escape.” —Booklist

A Southern Living Beach Books recommended read!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250126085
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 7,213
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

MARY KAY ANDREWS is The New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House Cookbook, The Weekenders, Beach Town, Save the Date, Ladies’ Night, Christmas Bliss, Spring Fever, Summer Rental, The Fixer Upper, Deep Dish, Blue Christmas, Savannah Breeze, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies, and Savannah Blues. A former journalist for The Atlanta Journal Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


Atlanta, Georgia

Date of Birth:

July 27, 1954

Place of Birth:

Tampa, Florida


B.A. in newspaper journalism, University of Georgia, 1976

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The High Tide Club (Signed Book) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Mary Kay Andrews' books. I love all of them. This book has that same mix of twist of plot and endearing characters that make her books so popular, but there was something different, a depth, that made me not want to put it down. I read it in a day. Once I started I couldn't put it down until I discovered, along with the characters, all of the secrets. I hope this isn't the last we see of these characters - I want to know how everyone is doing so keep us posted! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Snuggle up with a glass of wine, a lot of time, and this wonderful story.
PalmaMama More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars The High Tide Club was my first Mary Kay Andrews novel. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read. This in no way affects my opinion of this book. Drama, secrets, friendships and a couple of murders created an engaging read. Josephine wants to bring the decendents of her dear friends from the High Tide Club together and leave them her estate to prevent the state from taking over and turning it into another state park. Unfortunately, she dies before she can make it final. This leaves the women scrambling to determine how to fulfill her wish. Reasons for the average rating are: The book alternates from the POV of the original members of the club in the 40’s to Brooke’s in current times. I struggled with this. It was jarring and I wish that we had more of the 40’s scenes up front. There is just too much going on in this book. 3 deaths, 2 secret children, a psychotic lawyer, an old woman dying, and estate left in ruins and secondary characters on and off the island left me struggling to connect with the book. I enjoyed her style of writing and would give other books of hers a chance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s 1:00 in the morning and I just finished reading The High Tide Club....I could not go to sleep until I reached the last word of this book. I truly feel as if the characters are my sisters and best friends! I’ve read all of Mary Kay Andrews books, and I can say without a doubt, this one is the best!
LDenton More than 1 year ago
“It’s easier to walk around with love in your heart than with hate.” -Varina Mary Kay Andrews’s The High Tide Club is a perfect beach read filled with mystery, romance, friendship, and humor. The story jumps back and forth between the 1940s and present day. In the 1940s, we meet best friends Josephine, Ruth, Millie, and Varina, the girls of the High Tide Club. In the present, only Josephine and Varina are still living, and 99 year old Josephine enlists the help of struggling lawyer Brooke to get her estate in order. Her estate happens to be a wild and beautiful barrier island off the coast of Georgia, and Brooke is tasked with bringing the surviving family members of the High Tide Club together on the island so Josephine can make amends for unknown transgressions. Mysteries from the past and the present intermingle, romance blossoms, lives are endangered, and the most unlikely friendships form. The Deep South setting of The High Tide Club is beautiful and allows Mary Kay Andrews to fill the book with local color. The reader is transported to the humid, muggy, insect-filled beauty of South Georgia through the language, food, and local landmarks. My favorite parts of The High Tide Club revolve around the unlikely friendships formed. Lizzie, Marie, and Felicia join Brooke, Josephine, and Varina on the island as descendants of the High Tide Club girls, and despite different family situations and geographical backgrounds, they overcome their differences and set aside assumptions to forge great friendships. These friendships carry them through sad circumstances and hard revelations. While the story is ultimately about solving a mystery or two, the development of these characters, the humor they share, and the fierceness of their personalities are this book’s real treasures. This book kept me entertained the whole way through. Thank you to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
ForTheArtOfIt 3 months ago
I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher. Here is my honest review. This book was so much more than I expected. I had not read a Mary Kay Andrews book before and so expected a light, beach-y read about friendship. There is certainly friendship. There is also a mysterious history about old friends, a bit of thriller in a good guy turns bad (and creepy). The alternate timelines were done really well and built the suspense as the past and present story lines unfolded. This might have been the first book I've read by this author but it won't be the last. I gave this book: ★★★★★
Anonymous 10 months ago
just an absolute fun read. looking forward to reading her other books.
Dianne57 More than 1 year ago
"I am actually ambivalent about this novel -I'm not sure if I hate it or love it. However, one thing is for sure -it is unlike anything else I have read from this author."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She has done it again. Once you start you can't put it down. Enjoy!
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings I have not read all of Mary Kay Andrews. I have read a few here and there and I feel like it has been awhile since the last time. I would quickly describe this book to another person as the perfect gateway for a reader who reads a lot of women's fiction and wants to dip their toes into the mystery genre. This was a perfect hybrid of family drama story combined with a few who dun it storylines.
bookaholique More than 1 year ago
4.5 In 1941, four young girls form a very strong friendship. When something tragic occurs, they promise to never tell anyone. Fast forward to present day. One of the women, Josephine, is ailing. She has lost touch with two of her friends and has minimal contact with the fourth. She hires Brooke Trappnell, a lawyer, to track down the two women she has not seen for many years. She also wants Brooke's help with some other legal matters. Brooke has her own issues to deal with. This was a delightful story. Told in alternating chapters, we slowly learn about what happened back in 1941 and how it impacted the women in current day. I loved the characters this author created. They are determined, funny and end up forming a strong friendship themselves. There were some interesting developments throughout the whole story. I've not read this author before, but I will now! I received this book from St. Martin's Press via Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the twists and turns this took.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story, from, past to Present, and now I want to know the future.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
It took quite a while to get into this beachy women's fiction/mystery mash up.I felt like the past story in the dual timeline had trouble keeping up with the present. I spent a lot of time wondering what Josephine knew and when she knew it. In her 90's, when the island owning millionaire Josephine Warrick hires lawyer Brooke Trappnell to find her oldest friends to become her heirs, time is of the essence.
Librarypage_Paralegal1 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! I felt like I was on vacation while reading it. The twists and turns in the plot with the characters was amazing! I definitely recommend it as a summer read for 2018!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author, it was an enjoyable book, a great beach book.
Elliot_A More than 1 year ago
I was given this ARC by the publisher in return for an honest review. In late spring I was in the mood for contemporary thriller/mystery stories and from the synopsis The High Tide Club seemed to be the right fit to satisfy my reading craving. Sadly, and I know I’m in the minority here, the story did not offer what it promised. I found all the characters underdeveloped and uninteresting. And the further I read the book the more annoying the protagonist became. I understand that the author intended to create a complex character to carry the story, but at some point the protagonist must become at least slightly relatable to the reader and be able to open up, otherwise the reader will stop caring. In addition, the few characters that seemed highly interesting were kept at arm’s length and taken away as soon as the reader gets excited about the story. The plot(s) of the story were all over the place and with that the actual genre of the story itself. There were so many elements from different genres mixed together in a careless and haphazard way that I caught myself multiple times wondering more about the nature of the story instead of paying attention to the events described. The writing, as mentioned above, was all over the place. Not only with respect to the nature and intent of the story as a whole, but also the process of creating the written work appeared unpolished. There were numerous time-jumps that confused me, details didn’t seem to add up properly and I found spelling and grammar mistakes throughout. Overall, I understand that I received an ARC and that those spelling/grammar mistakes could have been corrected before the final copy went into print; however, I doubt that the story would undergo major revisions in order to rectify the time-jumps and focus more precisely on one genre (mystery, perhaps, as the synopsis greatly hints towards) over the others attempted in the story. I was greatly disappointed in this story and wouldn’t recommend it.
Mary_F More than 1 year ago
This story did not grab my full attention right away, but that may be because of the frequent use of flashbacks. However, once I adjusted to them (and they do enhance the story), I found this a hard book to put down. “High Tide Club” is primarily set in a town on the southeast Georgia coast. This is familiar territory to me and I have no doubt that seeing references to cities I know reasonably well served to draw me even deeper into this story. Relationships between characters are well developed and the story contains some surprise twists that I certainly did not see coming. Despite the slow start, I was a little sorry to reach the end. I won my copy in a Goodreads giveaway. No review was required, and any opinion shared here is my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some predictable twists to this beachy southern read
Aurora-Bs-Book-Blog More than 1 year ago
The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews is a heartwarming tale with low-key drama, intrigue, suspense and tons of southern charm! Set in coastal Georgia, 99-year-old Josephine is seeking to make amends and save her family island. She reaches out to a lawyer, Brooke, to track down the descendants of her old friends and save her island. An island that happens to be on the cusp of being taken away from her. Brooke has her own issues and she’s trying to start fresh after running from a life that was suffocating her. She’s unsure why this strange old woman wants to hire her but really needs the money. So she takes the job not knowing the connection she already has to Josephine. But she’s soon to find out as she embarks on a journey of hope, healing and coming to terms with her own mistakes. Years ago, Josephine and her 3 friends; Varina, Ruth and Millie created The High Tide Club on the beach of Josephine’s family’s island. They committed to skinny dip in the ocean every year and shared their hopes and dreams. I loved this concept. It created an immediate connection to the girls and gave a whimsical feel typical of youth. And given how the book’s told via two timelines, it creates an emotional link to the past that’s essential to the story. In the 1940’s I got to know the group of friends as they grow into women and start life. But as life often does, people age, mistakes are made, and shocking crimes are committed!! But I won’t go there. You’ll have to read the book to find out In the present I got to know Brooke, who has her own journey. As she follows Josephine’s wishes she finds out who she is by learning about the past and the people she’s connected to. Ultimately leading to a new sense of self and discovering what she wants out of life. For me, stories told with flashbacks tend to make me leery because not all authors can pull it off well. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the skill with which the author took us back and forth through time. Even better was the amazing job Mary Kay Andrews does interweaving the lives and connections created between the characters; both past and present. All the characters are well developed with great depth. I only had one issue. While I connected well with the characters, I felt the first part of the book was slow. That’s really the only reason it didn’t get full starts. Regardless, by the end of the book everything came together beautifully. I was left with a feeling of completeness as the story came full circle. It was heartwarming and emotional in so many ways. Overall Mary Kay Andrews crafted a wonderful story. I’d recommend this to all beach book / Chick Lit lovers! I received an eARC of this book. This review is voluntary and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the diversity of characters and how it came full circle. Life can be that way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really am disappointing with this book. Of all the books by this author I have really enjoyed but this one i6could nearly get through. In fact I gave up reading it. I always look forwarded to her new books, but this one sucked the big one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful character development that wanted me to continue turning the pages:-)