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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (30 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409138038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409138037
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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

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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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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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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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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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Hannah Richell's debut novel is based around what happens to the Tide family following a tragic event. This fast-paced book is mainly narrated by Dora the youngest daughter of Richard and Helen both in the present day as well as eleven years previously when tragedy struck the family. Dora wants to understand what happened on the day in question and the aftermath, but are her mother, father and eldest sister ready to share what they know?

This story has strong themes of guilt, forgiveness and how a single event can change family dynamics. All the main characters are well defined and realistic, Dora is especially likeable. Hannah Richell has also given the supporting characters a lot of attention, so Bill the gardener and Violet the friend are also well-rounded. characters The underlying suspense in this book gives it a fresh feel so it is quite hard to categorise into any particular genre but I would suggest that anyone who enjoys family sagas will enjoy this book.
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Secrets Of The Tides is a family saga told from the perspective of several characters in both the present day and the past.

Although the book is well written, with a well paced plot, I struggled with it on two counts. Firstly the initial character we meet (in the present) is a twenty-something woman called Dora and I just could not make the leap of faith to imagine a 20 something who would have this name! (and believe me I really tried!) Even as the book progressed and I discovered she was Christened Pandora by her mythology loving mother, I still could not imagine her as a three dimensional person. Secondly (and this was the deal breaker) this book is a rather depressing read! None of the characters endeared themselves to me, all seemed very selfish and when the pivotol event in the plot occurred I found my reading pace slowing, not speeding up as I realised with dread how it was going to turn out for everyone involved and why they are all so dysfunctional in the present!

Part of the reason this book weighed so heavy on me may well be that I am the mother of a young boy, and for reasons that will become apparent if you read it, this makes some of the plot particularly hard to read. It's a well written story with the places that are described seeming very real to me, but reading the second half of it was hard work and a little soul destroying!
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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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