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Secrets of the Tides | [Hannah Richell]

Secrets of the Tides

The Tides are a family full of secrets. Returning to Clifftops, the rambling family house high on the Dorset coastline, youngest daughter Dora hopes for a fresh start, for herself and the new life she carries. But can long-held secrets ever really be forgiven? And even if you can forgive, can you ever really learn to love again? Secrets of the Tides is the spellbinding debut from Hannah Richell; a rich and compelling family drama with a dark thread of suspense at its heart.
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Publisher's Summary

Every family has its secrets. Some are small, like telling a white lie or snooping through a private drawer. Others are more serious, like infidelity and betrayal. And some secrets are so terrible they must be hidden away in a deep, dark place, for if they ever came to light, they would surely tear a family apart....

The Tides are a family full of secrets. Returning to Clifftops, the rambling family house high on the Dorset coastline, youngest daughter Dora hopes for a fresh start, for herself and the new life she carries. But can long-held secrets ever really be forgiven? And even if you can forgive, can you ever really learn to love again?

Secrets of the Tides is the spellbinding debut from Hannah Richell; a rich and compelling family drama with a dark thread of suspense at its heart. Read by Emilia Fox, star of Silent Witness.

©2012 Hannah Richell (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group

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    Karen HAYLING ISLAND, United Kingdom 08/04/2013
    Karen HAYLING ISLAND, United Kingdom 08/04/2013 Member Since 2011

    I'm 51, married (Ian), mum to Adam & Tassia, step-mum to Vicky & Adam - run a construction co by day & teach Pole Fit, by night!

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    "Deeply moving - cleverly written"

    Such a sad family tale - very well written and deeply emotional.



    It was so easy to believe the miscommunications within the family and how a series of events could shape and destroy a group of people's lives so completely.



    I didn't see many of the twists and turns coming; they were well constructed and thought out.



    Ultimately, I did get the ending I wanted but it was thoughtful and well written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Gloucester, United Kingdom 22/07/2012
    Wendy Gloucester, United Kingdom 22/07/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "Simply brilliant"

    This book was a real treat and I didn't want it to end. I could picture all of the characters, the setting and the events perfectly. I would highly recommend this book. Very gripping!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Monmouth, United Kingdom 10/05/2012
    Joanna Monmouth, United Kingdom 10/05/2012 Member Since 2008
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    "The Tides of Clifftops?"

    I really think the author could have thought up some more believable names for her characters.

    I abandoned this book about 25% through. It's as if the author thought she should write a story, rather than having a story that she needed to write.

    Very lightweight, unconvincing and boring.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 21/08/2014
    Chris 21/08/2014
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    "Secrets revealed, if you have the patience."
    Where does Secrets of the Tides rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Other than a dramatisation, I avoid abridged versions. In the case of Secrets of the Tides it is a book which cries out for abridgement. It is not that 15 hours is in itself a problem but rather that the material tends to drag in places and there is a degree of repetition. On the other hand, the reader (performer?) does her utmost to deliver the book with conviction.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Secrets of the Tides?

    Helen's hysterical screaming at husband and children, all the more ironic when the real blame is hers and hers alone. Without Helen's selfishness, there would have been no story, no book.


    What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?

    Her energy and range of tone, emotion and voices. It takes skill to hold the attention over numerous listening sessions. I am filled with awe too at the magnitude of the task of recording such a long story in a cohesive way over a number of recording sessions with no other actors with whom to interact.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Helen's hysterical rage at husband and children Creating that high emotion using just the voice in a sterile recording studio, without fellow actors, is amazing. That, and the storyline at that point - if I could have strangled Helen, I would have. That is how involving it was - book and reader.


    Any additional comments?

    In time, I will listen to this recording again. Yes, I will know the ending but I feel that second time around I will be able to concentrate more on the nuances of the book and the reading. If I had bought the book itself, I suspect that I would not have finished it - that is the added value given by such a brilliant performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bridget Sturminster Newton, United Kingdom 11/02/2014
    Bridget Sturminster Newton, United Kingdom 11/02/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "Atmospheric"

    Loved this book, was sad when it finished,loved the mystery, the whole atmosphere of the story. Emilia Fox, was brilliant. Shows how secrets pull a family apart from the inside, but left you with hope for the future.

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    Paula 03/02/2014
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    "Interesting story."
    Where does Secrets of the Tides rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book. It had a lovely way of weaving the reactions of the characters to the single main event. It is a very human story, with a few twists and turns. I enjoyed the reading voice as well. Well worth a listen.


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    Amazon Customer BOGNOR REGIS, United Kingdom 02/08/2013
    Amazon Customer BOGNOR REGIS, United Kingdom 02/08/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "brilliantly observed"
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    This book brilliantly observed how grieve ensnares us and how guilt can destroy the very being of a family. Sensetively told without relying on cliche

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    carolyn 18/06/2013
    carolyn 18/06/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "A great family mystery"

    I was hooked with this book from the start. Written from 3 females point of view (mother and 2 daughters). They suffer and are part of an awful family tragedy which effects them in their adult lives. This story covers their search of the truth and building the relationships back together.

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    Jacqui Cheltenham, United Kingdom 05/10/2012
    Jacqui Cheltenham, United Kingdom 05/10/2012 Member Since 2009

    Keen reader & writer. Mother of 2 children, 4 chickens & a grumpy border terrier.

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    "jacquib333"

    This is a well written book read beautifully by Emilia Fox. Full of pathos, guilt and regret, this is not an easy book to listen to. The author writes skilfully and creates a maelstrom of heart rending emotions although the dialogue rambles in places. The end of the book is intended to be uplifting but I didn't find it so. It left me with a feeling of intense sadness that lasted long after I listened to the last word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 25/06/2012
    Wendy 25/06/2012
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    "Secrets all Round"

    Great book to read, however quite a sad book too. The secrets of all the family members all blaming themselfs for what happen on the beach that day. Wriiten over various time lines so can be a bit confuseing at first. The deep inner thoughts of each family member is so well wrttien. Emila Fox her narration is amasing! Her voice makes you feel the story not just hear it.

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    "A compelling story"

    I found this story captivating. It was skilfully written painting vivid pictures of the characters and events that unfold. Hannah Richell writes with great insight into the complexities of family relationships. If only more families had the maturity and sense to, in time work through the aftermath of their mistakes, loss and grief.
    I eagerly await her next novel The Shadow Year due to be published this year 2013. I hope Audible will add this one soon!
    Highly recommended.

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  • Frances
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    "A brilliant story!!!"

    A highly emotional story about a family who suffers tragedy. Well written as we are taken along with each of the family members - flipping from present time, back to the past. A couple of times i found i just wanted to flip back to see what had happened in the past when it had gone back to the present time - but i contained my suspense and kept things going in order of the book. I have found this week whilst reading the book i have been holding on to my children a bit longer than usual........

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