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Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richell
  

Secrets of the Tides

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012.

A sensitive, convincing and beautifully written novel. Full of descriptive power, it defines the beginnings and consequences of a family tragedy - from love and guilt to the difference between choices and accidents. With scenes so tense I had to skip ahead to check it was safe to continue and rounded, believable characters, this is a magnificent, moving debut.

September 2012 Debut of the Month.

If you want even more ammunition to read this book then scroll down the page to see some Lovereading member reviews which have been sent into us.

A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher Orion...

"It's not often a book comes along that makes you drop everything. When Secrets of the Tides arrived one Thursday lunchtime, I started reading. Within two hours I'd called the agent to say that she really mustn't sell this anywhere else as we had to publish it."

I remember finishing reading it in the garden later that night, aware that I was letting my children go slightly feral as the book demanded my full attention. But I was utterly transported to Clifftops, the big house high on the Dorset coast, where things had gone so very wrong for the Tide family and I couldn't take my eyes off the page.

As Hannah Richell deftly unpeeled their story, moving seemlessly between the past and the present, it was clear that this was a family shaken by tragedy and that everyone was guilty of something.

This is a delicious read but so much more as well. Hannah explores the light and shade in all our lives, and how quickly our world can change in a heartbeat. Hannah Richell shows a narrative voice that is uniquely compelling and entirely her own. Secrets of the Tides is a very remarkable debut; I hope you enjoy it." Kate Mills Publishing Director at Orion Books.

If you like Hannah Richell you might also like to read books by Jodi Picoult, Kate Morton and Anita Shreve.

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Synopsis

Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richell

The Tides are a family with dark secrets. Haunted by the events of one tragic day ten years ago, they are each, in their own way, struggling to move forwards with their lives.

Dora, the youngest daughter, lives in a ramshackle East End warehouse with her artist boyfriend Dan. Dora is doing a good job of skating across the surface of her life - but when she discovers she is pregnant the news leaves her shaken and staring back at the darkness of a long-held guilt. Returning to Clifftops, the rambling family house perched high on the Dorset coastline, Dora must confront her past. Clifftops hasn't changed in years and moving through its rooms and gardens, Dora can still feel the echo of that terrible summer's day when life changed forever for the Tides. As Dora begins her search for clues surrounding the events of that fateful day, she comes to realise that the path to redemption may rest with her troubled sister, Cassie. If Dora can unlock the secrets Cassie swore she would take to her grave, just maybe she will have a shot at salvation. But can long-held secrets ever really be forgiven? And even if you do manage to forgive and forget, how do you ever allow yourself to truly love again?

Reviews

'The theme of a cataclysmic event that continues to shape the lives of all those involved is central to Hannah Richell's ambitious, wide-ranging family saga' DAILY MAIL

'A compelling tale of grief and forgiveness' -- Fanny Blake WOMAN & HOME

'A compelling debut tale of infidelity, betrayal and tragedy that will have you turning the pages until the early hours' GRAZIA

'Moving between the past and present it's a gripping story of troubled young women' STAR MAGAZINE

The story of a family that almost tear themselves apart before discovering the ties that bind them. It offers engaging characters, tension and pathos WE LOVE THIS BOOK

Assuredly written and impeccably structured, it excavates the emotional layers of family drama when something goes terribly wrong - think Jodi Picoult without the formulaic writing...Moving and darkly suspenseful SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

A Rosamund Pilcher-esque family saga, very cleverly structured and compulsively readable THE BOOKSELLER

Set against the ebb and flow of the ever-present sea, this complex family drama is a page-turner of a debut novel AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY

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In January 2012 Lovereading asked members and browsers whether they would like to review this title ahead of publication. A few lucky readers were selected to do so and below you can find out what they thought:

'Hannah Richell has an amazing descriptive way with words that sucks you immediately into the story and horror that unfolds. You feel like you are sitting watching a play unfold.' Catherine Dugmore - click here to read the full review.

'Secrets of the Tides is a fantastic debut novel. It has been beautifully written and this is one of those books that you really do not want to put down...I give this book 5 out of 5.' Sonya Kemp - click here to read the full review.

'This emotionally-charged novel tells the story of how secrets lurking within the Tide family serve to tear them apart. And how the events of one fateful day change everything for them as a family, with longlasting repercussions.' Christine McCormick - click here to read the full review.

'The characters are vivid and convincing. The story was engaging and quite a page turner – I couldn’t wait to get to the end. The different emotions created by the family tragedy were portrayed very convincingly and showed the authors deep understanding of the subject, very touching.' Stephanie Harding - click here to read the full review.

'The author’s writing is subtle yet illuminating … I am not one for heady descriptions, but here the right balance is often gained and a setting is easily bought to mind. All in all an engaging read by a debut novelist, one that I would recommend to many a reader.' Helen Hancock - click here to read the full review.

'This atmospheric and heart wrenching book is one that you will recommend to your friends – although I would suggest that you should also include a pack of Kleenex to your recommendation!' Jillian McFrederick - click here to read the full review.

'This is an excellent debut novel from Hannah Richell and I cannot wait to find out what her next book will be about, pity I’ll have to wait until next year! This is one book that I would definitely recommend to friends and family so if you’re after a moving family drama, this one is for you.' Sharon Wilden - click here to read the full review.

'This story had me captivated from the ‘Prologue’ right through to the very end. It is a powerful debut novel and I was immediately drawn in by the intrigue and suspense, you just want to keep turning the pages until you reach the end...' - Nicola Greenwood - click here to read the full review.

'Secrets of the Tides is a debut novel that will draw you in and stay with you for a long time after you have finished reading. It’s a ‘keeper’ for me! ' Sharon Goodwin - click here to read the full review.

'The book is written assuredly and with a clarity of style which belies the fact it is Hannah Richell’s debut novel. The Tides are an imperfect, flawed family and through them the novel explores the family ties which can suffocate, the relationships which become so strained relatives are pulled apart and, ultimately, the bonds which hold families together...' Emily Wright - click here to read the full review.

'I loved this book. If you want a read which keeps you turning the pages this is it, especially if you enjoy gripping family sagas with an added touch of drama, mystery, and suspense. Beautifully written, and the Tide family are great characters, who bought me to tears. I have no hesitation in highly recommending 'Secrets of the Tides' - a fantastic debut novel, one I will remember for a long time. Now eagerly waiting to read another by Hannah Richell ...' Dawn Shaw

'I was slightly disconcerted at the prologue as it did not appear to be the sort of story I would enjoy. However, I continued and soon became immersed in the story.' Sian Spinney - click here to read the full review.

'The Secrets of the Tides is a compelling read, drawing you into the family from the outset. Finding it difficult to put down, the lives of the family stayed with me, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough...' Jayne Burton - click here to read the full review.

Below are some other reviews of this book:

'I held my breath from the first page to the very end. Secret of the Tides is a masterpiece - a rich and intricate exploration of a family torn apart by tragedy which is so real you feel as if you are amongst them. Sometimes the emotions were so raw that I could hardly bear it, but I had to read on. Du Maurier, Pilcher, Shreve - it is easy to make comparisons, yet it would be wrong to liken Hannah Richell to any other author, her voice is so strong. But there's no doubt about it, she was born to write.' Veronica Henry

‘A very special novel, gritty, compelling and acutely perceptive - a superb debut.’
Patricia Scanlan

'Secrets of the Tides cast a spell on me from its first page. Beautifully drawn characters, a fabulous setting and a house with a secret. But there’s so much more as well. Haunted me long after I’d turned the final page.' Kate Mills, Deputy Publishing Director, Orion Books

About the Author

Hannah Richell

Hannah Richell was born in Kent and spent her childhood years in Buckinghamshire and Canada. After graduating from the University of Nottingham she worked in the book publishing and film industries. She now lives with her husband and two young children in Sydney and returns to the UK as often as possible to spend time with family and savour the green grass of home.

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Publication date

30th August 2012

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Family Drama
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Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781409138037

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