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Secrets of the Tides [Kindle Edition]

Hannah Richell
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Every family has a secret: a dramatic family saga with a dark thread of suspense lurking at its heart.



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?


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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 Tides in Hannah Richell's forceful debut are a family ... the revelations of what happened, and the burden of guilt the Tides carry, are powerfully evoked in a classy melodrama with very well-realised characters. Once you start reading, you'll be hooked (A.N.Wilson READERS DIGEST)

This confident debut novel is a dark but compelling read. The characters are so believable your heart will ache for their pain, and you'll be driven to ask yourself the question - could you forgive and forget? (CANDIS)

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)

Review

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 )

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2479 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Hardback edition (12 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409142957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409142959
  • ASIN: B007SWQL4C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An emotional ride that is well worth taking 3 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A well written story that jumps back and forth in time with ease to reveal the family secret and the impact it had on the lives of the Tides. I really enjoyed this book - an excellent debut.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Secrets of the tides 5 Oct. 2012
By Debbie
Format:Paperback
I looked forward to this with great anticipation, as I love books with a dark family secret, and although I enjoyed it, I did feel it was somehow lacking. It has all the components of a good read, and it is a page turner, if only because you want to find out the conclusion, but it didn't leave me thinking about the characters or wanting to recommend it to friends.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Secrets and lies 23 Feb. 2012
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Dora is in a loving relationship with her boyfriend and they are expecting their first child. Dan is thrilled by the pregnancy - but, for some reason, Dora is torn between delight and a residual feeling of terror at the prospect of being responsible for a child, and unsure as to whether to go ahead with the pregnancy.

After an enigmatic excerpt about a young woman jumping off a bridge (and it's not clear who she is, or why she is jumping) the novel starts properly with Dora deciding to go home to see her estranged mother and confront the truth of her traumatic childhood head on. What happened to make Dora so horrified about the prospect of motherhood, and will she be able to revisit the past and solve the mystery of what happened in the tragedy she half-remembers? And when she does, will it help her come to terms with her impending motherhood and make a decision about whether to continue with the pregnancy?

Most of the book is set in the past, tracking the narrative of the tragedy that changed Dora's life when she was a child. I'm not going to go into any more detail here, but in order to understand what happened you learn more about the lives of Dora's mother, father and sister to make sense of what happened.

A good read, though probably not one that I'll evangelically recommend to friends. I felt somewhat as if all the right components of a bestseller were there, but the end result lacked some 'je ne sais quoi' to make it truly unique and gripping. When the mystery of what happenened is finally resolved, it was satisfying to have it wrapped up and discover what had happened, but I still didn't feel I understood much about the motivations or feelings of the characters involved and it was a bit too superficial to be really satisfying, for me anyway. Still - I will look forward to seeing what the author writes next.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Secrets of the Tides 12 Oct. 2012
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This was an interesting story that kept you turning the pages however it ran out of steam. The ending seemed to arrive before the end of the book. I thought well there must be more "secrets" but it was a very lack lustre finish to an otherwise quite interesting book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The events of this book all stem from one tragic day in the life of the Tide family. When I was sent this book, I was a little disappointed but pressed ahead dutifully. How glad I was that I did. The synopsis doesn't do the story justice; Dora is pregnant and deeply afraid of motherhood because of her past. Over time the book and multiple narrators (Dora, her sisters and their mother) reveal the truly shocking events of one summer's day and the unalterable tragedy that splits them apart for decades.

Dora and her family make compelling narrators, each very realistic and human, with foibles and fears, lives and loves: whole people. The events on the beach had me weeping for most of the book, absolutely heart-broken for the family, their feelings of loss and grief excellently written.

This is not a typical `chick-lit' read, but a book that tugs and stirs emotions, and from a debut author as well. I found myself feeling intense feelings of hatred for certain characters as their actions were revealed, which doesn't happen to me very often as a reader. I like to be taken by surprise by a book, and Secrets of the Tides certainly did that. For a book group, there are many issues to discuss; the slow reveal of people's actions, the various female narrators (and the males not given a voice).

Richell's debut is intense and intelligent, a compelling read for those who want to be submerged in a grieving family's pain and ultimate redemption.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit. 3 July 2013
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This was a page turner but didnt leave me feeling like i had read anything marvellous. It was however a very nice way to fill time .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really gripping read 25 Nov. 2012
By Debbieo
Format:Paperback
The book starts with a bit of a mystery in the first chapter then goes to present day Dora whose mind is in turmoil. Its a real page turner of a book, I was truly engrossed in this book, especially when coming to the unveiling of the 'mystery' - its sad ( no spoilers here! ) and really quite upsetting / unsettling. I still feel unsettled by it now.......Its one of those books which makes you think about decisions you make and the consequences you then reap.
I will look forward to reading another one from Hannah Richell, I think you can almost tell that its her first novel, although fantastic it is a little marred by a few cliches and the ending a little bit 'tidy'. However it is dark and thought provoking - families are complex things - shown here indeed, I hope she continues in this vein
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read! 17 July 2013
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Secrets of the tides has got to be one of the most intriguing books I have ever read. The main character Dora had me utterly gripped from beginning to end. An accident that happened years ago upon the cliff tops of the Tides house and shaped a young woman's doubts and fear that will effect her choices in the future.
Through out the book you are took through each character individually to understand how each person has been affected by the accident that took place and the regrets that have haunted them into the future.
I got utterly stuck into each character, and their role on the build up to the tragic event that a family never could quite deal with.
It's beautifully written and heart breaking at the same time. A really great read, I would highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
seems like a good story
Published 22 days ago by David Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Painting By Numbers
Warning: review contains a few small spoilers, but am not sure I can review the book accurately without them:

Sorry to all the many fans of this book - I'm aware I'm in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kate Hopkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story
This is a fantastic story by Hannah Richell. The book leads you through the plot jumping from past to present day, but it is done in a way that is far from confusing. Read more
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Published 3 months ago by Mrs J Walton
2.0 out of 5 stars Neap tide
Writing weak and story line thin.
Published 3 months ago by Ian Rowden
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This book has been a joy to read. The description of Dorset is so clear you feel as if you are there. The story of the Tides is woven so well that it was difficult to put it down.
Published 4 months ago by Dor
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Excellent story, well written and very believable.
Published 4 months ago by Molly
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Such a sad story but it was really well written.
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This story didn't immediately appeal to me. It seemed to be too detailed and slow. However, I am so glad that I kept reading. Read more
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