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Sarah Maine

  • Publication date: March 2014
  • Publisher: FREIGHT BOOKS
  • Country: GB
  • 240 print pages
  • Suspense/Mystery


  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, Family secrets, LOVE / HATE, Jealousy, Destruction, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Rivalry, Amorous urge


The Outer Hebrides islands are at the heart of this romance set before WWI and in the present: A woman returns to her ancestral home in Scotland and discovers a century-old secret buried in the basement.


Translation rights sold: USA (3­ way auction); Germany; Australia, New Zealand; Netherlands.

Waterstones Scottish Book Of The Year 2018

Debut novel. Sarah Maine is an archaeologist. A solid commercial tale with very atmospheric and visual setting – good film or serial TV drama potential.


A beautiful debut novel set in the Outer Hebrides, HOUSE BETWEEN TIDES combines archaeology and dark mystery.

Following the deaths of her last living relatives, Hetty Deveraux leaves her strained marriage behind in London and returns to her ancestral home, a crumbling estate in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, with the intention of renovating and reselling it as a hotel, much to the dismay of the locals. As she dives headfirst into the repairs, she discovers human remains beneath a rotting floorboard in the basement, with few physical clues to identify the body. Who was this person? And why the makeshift grave?

Hungry for answers, Hetty sets out to unravel the estate’s secret—and those of its former inhabitants, including Beatrice Blake, a woman who moved there a century ago with her husband Theo, a famous painter who seemed to be more interested in Cameron, a young local man, than his own wife.

Following whispered rumors and a handful of leads, Hetty soon discovers that no one knows exactly what happened to Beatrice, only that her actions have reverberated throughout history, affecting Hetty’s present in startling ways.

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  • Author’s biography

    Sarah Maine was born in England but grew up partly in Canada, returning to the UK for university where she studied archaeology. This subject choice gave many opportunities for travel while working on excavations or carrying out research for her PhD. Vacations were spent lecturing for adventure travel companies in Europe and Canada, but her working life has been spent in York where she now lives with her family. Non-fiction writing has been central to her work, but fiction writing is a new departure with BHALLA STRAND being her debut novel.

    In BHALLA STRAND, she uses her professional knowledge of archaeology and her skills as a storyteller to create an utterly compelling historical mystery set in a haunting and beautifully evoked location.