`A dark and evocative thriller where a woman abducts a teenage boy and holds him hostage in her house in Greenwich' --Sun
Brilliantly written and totally gripping. I loved it. --S. J. Watson
An impressive debut from a writer we're certain to hear more about if she can fulfil the promise and ambition of this first thriller... There are hints of a young Daphne du Maurier in Hancock's cool, evocative prose as she reveals the terrifying extent of Sonia's obsession... Beautifully worked and with a sharp eye for the menace in the commonplace, it lingers in the memory like a Schubert melody, and casts a distinctive spell --Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
A clever, creepy thriller about misplaced affection and abduction, with a riverside location as an eerie backdrop --Marie Claire
A sparklingly creepy debut thriller with the most brilliant premise --Daily Mirror
This creepy, well-written debut is reminiscent of John Fowles's The Collector, but with the genders reversed... The efficacy of this sort of psychological thriller depends largely on the plausibility of the main characters, and with Sonia, Hancock pulls of the considerable feat of "writing mad" convincingly enough for us to understand the logic of her actions --Laura Wilson, The Guardian
A dark and unsettling tale of abduction and entrapment with all the obsessive power of Stephen King's Misery and Thierry Jonquet's Tarantula . . . I found myself desperate to know more all the way through - until the final shell-shock moments, which left me open-jawed. If you loved the psychological thrills of Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson or Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes, or the desperate measures to cover crimes of Graham Reece's Mice, then this is for you. We're just going into the second week of 2012 and already a book of the year has clearly risen to the surface. --Keith Walters, Books and Writers
`Incredibly descriptive and chilling all at once, this thriller is an accomplished debut from Penny Hancock' --Star
`Evocative thriller' --Choice magazine
'It's such a thrill to read a book as deliciously dark and richly evocative as Tideline. From the first page to its shocking finale it draws you into its world and won't let go. A wonderful debut... I took Tideline on my travels, thinking it would last me a couple of weeks. Two days later I'd finished it, having stayed up all night, and was telling everyone I met they had got to read it. Brilliantly written and totally gripping. I loved it' S J Watson, author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP 'TIDELINE is very clever and very chilling, and the surprises keep on coming until the very end... It is incredible that such a gripping thriller can also be so compassionate in its dealings with its characters' Julia Crouch, author of CUCKOO 'A gripping account of a woman on the edge, who commits appalling crimes and offers them up in a tone of quietly rational domesticity' --NJ Cooper
'A boy of 15 goes missing in Greenwich, South East London, and a story of obsessive desire and supressed memories starts to unravel' --Richard & Judy: Our Top Summer Reads, Mirror
'Another debut writer for the Richard and Judy Book Club--and another stunning first-time novel. Tideline is a weird, kinky, sexual story about obsession and decent into madness.
Sonia is what the French would describe as a woman of a certain age. She is attractive, prosperous and outwardly perfectly normal. She leads a respectable life in the beautiful The River House by the Thames in Greenwich she inherited from her parents. It is rambling, comfortable and enjoys stunning views. It also keeps a very nasty secret. Sonia's husband Greg is away and she is alone--until Jez drops by. Jez is 15. At a recent party at his parents' house, Greg told Jez he owns a rare --(Judy Finnigan, A Woman's Own)
'I always trust Richard and Judy Book Club selections so this creepy debut about a woman's sexual obsession reeled me in'
Cecelia Ahern, Woman & Home, November issue. --Woman & Home
'This is a truly sinister story, slightly reminiscent of Stephen King's Misery. Like the writer's jailor in that story, Sonia is deeply disturbed. But no one realises it--not her husband, not her daughter, Kit, and not Jez's parents. Even Jez fails to spot the warning signs. Penny Hancock writes brilliantly about sexual obsession and repressed guilt. Seb, the boy Jez so resembles and who Sonia once loves, is a constant presence in The River House and in Sonia's tortured mind. What happened to him? And why is she so grimly determined never to leave her Greenwich home, in the face of her husband's wish to sell it? Tideline unfolds in real time, with Sonia going to increasingly extreme lengths to keep Jez her prisoner. Her ingenuity is impressive--it's not easy to cage a fit and strong-willed teenage male--but she outwits his attempts to escape. A gripping sensual story that will have you turning the pages long after you should have put the light out.' --(Judy Finnigan, A Woman's Own)