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The Shadow Year

The Shadow Year [Kindle Edition]

Hannah Richell
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Hannah Richell instantly draws you into her story: powerful, real and memorable (Elizabeth Noble, author of Things I Want My Daugher to Know)

An engrossing and clever tale (Anita Shreve)

The past and present storylines are deftly woven and equally engrossing, while the atmosphere of unease builds and builds, and lingers way beyond the last page. Brilliant (Emylia Hall, author of The Book of Summers)

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

The writing is so vivid that we became completely lost in the Tide family's world (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING on Secrets of the Tides)

A compelling tale of grief and forgiveness (WOMAN AND HOME)

[An] ambitious, wide-ranging family saga (DAILY MAIL)

I held my breath from the first page to the very end. SECRETS OF THE TIDES is a masterpiece - a rich and intricate exploration of a family torn apart by tragedy. Du Maurier, Pilcher, Shreve - it is easy to make comparisons, yet it would be wrong to liken Hannah Richell to any other, her voice is so strong (Veronica Henry)

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)

Not only does THE SHADOW YEAR have at its heart a clever surprising story, but it's also beautifully written. Author Hannah Richell paints a vivd, colourful picture of of the Peak District through her writing, but its the small details I loved most ... This powerful beautiful book will keep you guessing to the end. A must read! (FABULOUS / SUN ON SUNDAY)

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The stunning new novel from the author of the bestselling SECRETS OF THE TIDES.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1660 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1409142981
  • Publisher: Orion (20 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compellingly readable 10 Dec 2013
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
Lila is mourning the loss of her infant baby when she receives a letter informing her that she has inherited a cottage tucked away in the remote countryside of the Peak District in Northern England. She has no idea who has bequested the cottage to her, but when she visits it she feels a connection to the area and decides to live in the cottage and renovate it, leaving her husband behind in London. Whilst the cottage has obviously been empty for many years, there are signs that it was inhabited and that the residents left in a hurry.

Jump back 30 years. Kat and her four best friends have finished university when they discover the cottage by chance and decide to spend a year living in it, subsisting off the land. Kat has long been in love with Simon, the "leader" of the group and she is hoping that one day that affection will be returned. However when her sister arrives, the dynamics of the group will be irrevocably changed.

This is a very cleverly constructed novel in which each chapter alternates between the past and the present and which builds in tension as the tones darkens. The author has written it in such a way that you guess what's going to be revealed, but only shortly before each reveal happens. Sometimes the clues are buried in Lila's story and sometimes in Kat's. Having said that, I did feel that the final twists were apparent from about the 75% mark. I didn't like it as much as Secrets of the Tides, but I still found it compellingly readable. If you enjoy Kate Morton's writing, you're bound to also like Hannah Richell.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Shadow Year 20 Nov 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
In the present day Lila and Tom live busy lives, with inner heartbreak, when Lila unexpectedly gets bequeathed a property. In 1980 Ben, Carla, Kat, Simon and Mac are finishing up at University and about to head out into the world. On a hot day in their last summer together, they head up to the Lakes.

It doesn't take long to work out the most immediate connection between the two timelines, but the story flows along well. There are plenty of twists and turns in the narratives as the story slowly unfolds for the reader with the timelines beginning to move towards a convergence.

I enjoyed this story, but I found it hard to feel empathy for what are basically a whole lot of rather unlikeable people, in both timelines. By the end of the story, I felt a lot of anger towards one character in particular, or actually two, who basically ruined a whole lot of lives for their own selfish desires. So while the story was a good read, and I wanted to know what happened, I really felt angry about the characters and what they did. May sound a little vague, but I don't want to put spoilers.

So at the end of it all, I wasn't sure whether 3 or 4 stars, so plumped for 3.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming novel 1 Aug 2014
By MJay
Format:Kindle Edition
The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell
This novel is written with a style that bring out the beauty of those many places in England that never feature on a tourist trail - thank god. The central 'character' is the cottage and its surrounding area: a place of beauty in most seasons with unforgiving tendencies in harsher times. The latter is true of so many of the characters too.

This is a story of hedonistic young graduates who choose to free themselves from the Rat Race by squatting in an abandoned cottage and living off the land (with a little financial cushioning but few survival skills). A regime was born. Sadly, several characters were not fully developed and an opportunity to understand how the dynamics of this fiefdom came to pass was lost. A Squire in the making, a happy couple to cook and tend garden, a housekeeper to pander to and support M'Lord's whimsies and one good egg to be a general dogsbody..... All that was needed was a fairy princess.

Set in two time frames, this sad story winds through the hardships, tragedies and petty triumphs the cast of players knit for themselves. No one is having a good time and angst lingers in many corners. Yet despite this, the storyline captivates. One can guess many of the plot lines long before they unfold but this does not distract from the desire to experience it happening.

A charming book that held me. The description of the topography stirred my imagination and brought back many places of obscure beauty I visited as a young mother married to an 'off the road' explorer. Would I read it again? No, but it will linger with me a while. Would I have picked it for myself? Probably not but I am glad I read it. A Book Club triumph that has enriched my reading life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Summertime Reading 3.5 Stars 19 Jun 2013
No Spoilers.

Interior designer Lila, married to Tom, and living in London, is suffering after the loss of Milly, their baby daughter. Milly was born prematurely after Lila fell down the stairs and Lila cannot forgive herself for the accident, especially as she can only remember part of what happened. Husband Tom, finding it difficult to cope with the tragedy and with Lila's grief, throws himself into his work, making Lila feel alone in her unhappiness. When she unexpectedly inherits a remote, tumbledown cottage situated next to a lake in the beautiful Peak District, Lila, hoping to find some peace and solace, and needing some time away from Tom, decides to take on the challenge of renovating the old stone property. There she meets William Mackenzie, who farms the land a few miles away from Lila's cottage, and William's kind, but confused mother, Evelyn. In time, the beauty and solitude of Lila's new surroundings, begin to work their magic - however, Lila is having troubling dreams and flashbacks, and she is also beginning to realize that although she was supposed to be alone at the time of the accident, she is now aware that there was someone else in the house. But who?

Thirty years earlier, on an intensely hot summer's day, five student friends: Simon, Kat, Mac, Carla and Ben find a remote, derelict old stone cottage, situated next to a beautiful lake in the Peak District. Simon, a good-looking, charismatic young man and the natural leader of the group, convinces the others to take the opportunity to drop out of the rat race for a while, and have an attempt at self-sufficiency. Kat, who is secretly in love with Simon agrees readily, and the others, tempted by the beauty of their surroundings, agree to fall in with Simon's plan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brillant book
I just loved it . It gripped me from start to finish . It contained some surprising twists too .
Published 15 days ago by Jill Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SHADOW YEAR.
Eight months and 81 books into 2014 this has to be one of my favourite reads.

In many ways similar to her debut novel, Secrets Of The Tides, in that in this, her second... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant twists!!
This is a Great book,superb read with some brilliant twists all the way to the end!! Highly recommend this to everyone
Published 2 months ago by Shannon Keating
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, clever read !
One run down cottage, 2 stories, 3 decades apart.
Kat and her Uni friends have stumbled upon a remote cottage, desperate not to join the rat race they decide to take up... Read more
Published 2 months ago by F Keegan
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. A woven tale of tragedy and triumph, heartbreak and love. I don't want to give anything away, but as someone whose best friend are my sisters, this book... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
I enjoy reading all kinds of books / stories, this was no exception, it is a very good storyline and interesting right through.
Published 3 months ago by grandmaC
4.0 out of 5 stars good reading
Good storyline and made you think of reasons for actions, would definitely read more or her books, and also recommend them.
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