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!
"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........
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.
"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.
"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
"good beach read"
no. enjoyed it the first time but have no need to re listen again
like all good mysteries, enjoyed the unfurling story as it progressed.
I liked that you could recognise who she was playing through out the performance
the initial element of the story was slow, took a couple of chapters to get into it
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
"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.
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
my favourite character was the daughter that was made to feel guilty throughout the book
no but I would like to in the future
the whole book was very moving , I think the part where the young daughter finds out about the secret was particularly good
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.
"Secrets revealed, if you have the patience."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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