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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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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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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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  • Paula
  • 02-03-14

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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  • Wendy
  • 07-22-12

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!

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  • Andy king
  • 04-06-17

An emotional journey

An intense story describing difficult times and their fallout that hopefully not many will feel, beautifully read and presented by Emelia Fox. The book captures and describes situations, places and emotions clearly and in a way that makes it easy for the listener to feel part of.

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  • MTM
  • 10-28-15

Wonderfully vivid story

This was a great read a heart wrenching story a family torn apart by tragic events the characters are so vivid beautifully written and the narration was brilliant would recommend

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  • Lauren
  • 08-19-15

Great find

Really enjoyed this book, don't know how I ended up downloading it, but glad I did it was nice to get lost in cliff tops for a while and was impressed by the twists in the story. I would read another of Richells novels based on this audio book

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  • Mrs
  • 05-10-12

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.

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  • sea279
  • 07-05-17

Gripping story of a family changed

A gripping story of a family changed by the choices they made in one day. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Emilia Fox reads with such passion.

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  • 09-24-15

good beach read

Would you listen to Secrets of the Tides again? Why?

no. enjoyed it the first time but have no need to re listen again

What did you like best about this story?

like all good mysteries, enjoyed the unfurling story as it progressed.

What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?

I liked that you could recognise who she was playing through out the performance

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

no really

Any additional comments?

the initial element of the story was slow, took a couple of chapters to get into it

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  • Jen
  • 07-02-15

Great performance, clichéd writing

Emilia Fox reads this book beautifully, but the story is a little frustrating and some of the writing is hackneyed. Dora is a compelling character and the best thing about the book - even if her patience and capacity for forgiveness are a little too good to be true! The writing is peppered with clichés - you can often predict how a sentence/phrase will end, which I find disappointing.

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  • val
  • 12-11-14

haunting

Would you consider the audio edition of Secrets of the Tides to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version but after listening to the audio version I imagine it was almost as good, the reader was great

Who was your favorite character and why?

my favourite character was the daughter that was made to feel guilty throughout the book

Have you listened to any of Emilia Fox’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no but I would like to in the future

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

the whole book was very moving , I think the part where the young daughter finds out about the secret was particularly good

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book it kept me gripped from the start, I wasn't sure of the direction it was heading so was surprised several times by its turns. The rawness of the family's loss was very well conveyed and the voice of Emilia Fox was very well matched to the story. A very enjoyable listen.