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
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!
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........
"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.
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!
"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.
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.
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.
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
"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.
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.
"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.
I really enjoyed listening to this beautiful, well written story about loss and forgiveness. The narrator reads very well.
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