If you’ve ever baked with or seen molasses, you know that it is a substance that can make quite a mess. Now imagine if a 50 foot tall tank of molasses broke and let forth its contents on the world. That is exactly what happened in Boston in 1919. Puelo’s non-fiction book “Dark Tide” covers the infamous boston molasses flood and its aftermath.
Puelo writes with a style similar to many other non-fiction works that I’ve read in the last few years in that he attempts to put thoughts into the heads of individuals. This may make it more readable to a larger audience but some people may be put off if they are looking for a “just the facts” telling of the disaster.
I rate this somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. I liked the parts about before the flood and the immediate aftermath much more than I did the last few chapters about the resultant legal proceedings (that went on for years…and reading about them felt like it took years…). I recommend this book to residents of the Boston area who want to know more about this sticky bit of Boston history.