The House of Tides

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The Tides are a family with many secrets. Haunted by the events of one tragic day a decade ago, they are each, in their own way, struggling to move forward with their lives.

There is Dora, the family's youngest daughter, who lives in a ramshackle London warehouse with her artist boyfriend. She is doing a good job of skating across the surface of her life, but when she discovers she is pregnant, she finds herself staring back at the darkness of a long-held guilt. Dora's mother, ...

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Overview

The Tides are a family with many secrets. Haunted by the events of one tragic day a decade ago, they are each, in their own way, struggling to move forward with their lives.

There is Dora, the family's youngest daughter, who lives in a ramshackle London warehouse with her artist boyfriend. She is doing a good job of skating across the surface of her life, but when she discovers she is pregnant, she finds herself staring back at the darkness of a long-held guilt. Dora's mother, Helen, is a complicated woman whose relationship with her family has always been turbulent, while her father Richard has cobbled together a life that bears little resemblance to his boyhood dreams. And Cassie, Dora's long-estranged sister, has cut off her family entirely, it seems.

When Dora arrives at Clifftops, her family's rambling home on the Dorset coast, it seems that Helen might finally be ready to make amends for her own part in the tragedy. But what Dora soon discovers is that the path to redemption does not rest solely with her mother. Can family crimes this damaging ever really be forgiven?

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Editorial Reviews

A.N. Wilson
[A] forceful debut. . . the revelations of what happened, and the burden of guilt the Tides carry, are powerfully evoked in a classy melodrama with very well-realized characters. Once you start reading, you'll be hooked.
Reader's Digest
Alice O'Keeffe
A Rosamunde Pilcher-esque family saga, very cleverly structured and compulsively readable.
The Bookseller
Caroline Baum
If you love classic family sagas, in English settings, full of country-house atmosphere and complex relationships you'll love this story about how a family faced with tragedy deals with grief and loss.
Better Homes and Gardens
Sydney Morning Herald
"Assuredly written and impeccably structured, it excavates the emotional layers of family drama when something goes terribly wrong - think Jodi Picoult ... Moving and darkly suspenseful."
Sarah McCoy
"Exactly the kind of book I adore. An idyllic English house, a broken family, past and present, threaded by piercing secrecy. The House of Tides propels us forward with hope, even as our hearts break. Tragically beautiful, achingly authentic, Richell's debut will resonate across generations."
A.N. Wilson - Reader's Digest
"[A] forceful debut. . . the revelations of what happened, and the burden of guilt the Tides carry, are powerfully evoked in a classy melodrama with very well-realized characters. Once you start reading, you'll be hooked."
Alice O'Keeffe - The Bookseller
"A Rosamunde Pilcher-esque family saga, very cleverly structured and compulsively readable."
Caroline Baum - Better Homes and Gardens
"If you love classic family sagas, in English settings, full of country-house atmosphere and complex relationships you'll love this story about how a family faced with tragedy deals with grief and loss."
Romantic Times Magazine
"Four and a half stars (a Top Pick). Palpable tension and intriguing characters make this novel tough to put down. . . this story will delight readers with its mood-evoking setting and sense of mystery."
The Hudson Valley News
"I whiled away a few joyous hours with Hannah Richell's debut novel . . . this is a 'family story' at its stirring best, a page-turner for sure. It's the perfect novel for a sunny day at the beach, or a rainy one, indoors on the windowseat."
Booklist
"An engaging family drama with a well-crafted story line and spirited characters."
From the Publisher
"I whiled away a few joyous hours with Hannah Richell's debut novel . . . this is a 'family story' at its stirring best, a page-turner for sure. It's the perfect novel for a sunny day at the beach, or a rainy one, indoors on the windowseat."—The Hudson Valley News

"An engaging family drama with a well-crafted story line and spirited characters."—Booklist

"Exactly the kind of book I adore. An idyllic English house, a broken family, past and present, threaded by piercing secrecy. The House of Tides propels us forward with hope, even as our hearts break. Tragically beautiful, achingly authentic, Richell's debut will resonate across generations."—Sarah McCoy, international bestselling author of The Baker's Daughter

"Four and a half stars (a Top Pick). Palpable tension and intriguing characters make this novel tough to put down. . . this story will delight readers with its mood-evoking setting and sense of mystery."—Romantic Times Magazine

"[A] forceful debut. . . the revelations of what happened, and the burden of guilt the Tides carry, are powerfully evoked in a classy melodrama with very well-realized characters. Once you start reading, you'll be hooked."—A.N. Wilson, Reader's Digest

"A Rosamunde Pilcher-esque family saga, very cleverly structured and compulsively readable."—Alice O'Keeffe, The Bookseller

"If you love classic family sagas, in English settings, full of country-house atmosphere and complex relationships you'll love this story about how a family faced with tragedy deals with grief and loss."—Caroline Baum, Better Homes and Gardens

"Assuredly written and impeccably structured, it excavates the emotional layers of family drama when something goes terribly wrong - think Jodi Picoult ... Moving and darkly suspenseful."—Sydney Morning Herald

Library Journal
Opening with the scene of a an unnamed young women piercing her skin with an heirloom brooch, then throwing herself into the Thames River, this debut novel snags the reader’s attention and holds it tight. We are then introduced to Dora Tide, a successful advertising agent, newly pregnant, struggling to come to terms with her family’s misfortune and the broken relationships left in its wake. Dora, trying to mend those broken bonds, especially with her distant and cold mother, uncovers shattering truths about her family, who years ago seemed to have had it all until a horrific accident that left each member a dysfunctional mess. As Richell peels back the layers from this family, we explore their past and present—asking ourselves what level of crime can truly be forgiven.

Verdict Richell has written a worthy family saga that revolves around a ramshackle English mansion by the sea. The characters are fully fleshed out, and their interactions with one another ring true. This will be a big hit with Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchy fans.—Marianne Fitzgerald, Severna Park H.S, MD
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455521074
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Pages: 386
  • Sales rank: 633,564
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Hannah Richell was born in England. After graduating from the University of Nottingham, she worked in the book publishing and film industries. She now lives with her husband and two young children in Sydney, Australia.

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

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    Originally released in the UK last summer, The House of Tides by

    Originally released in the UK last summer, The House of Tides by Hanna Richell (interview below) tell the story of a family’s decade-long recovery after a tragic event leaves them reeling from unanswered questions. Told through the alternating views of Dora, her sister Cassie, and their mother, Helen, The House of Tides weaves a story of sadness, betrayal, and redemption.




    The main focus of the book is on Pandora “Dora” Tide, the younger of two sisters, who is determined to face her past when she finds herself pregnant. Scared and confused, Dora returns to her childhood home to search for answers and seek closure from her distant mother. But in her quest for answers, Dora finds herself blindsided by the memories one tragic day a decade earlier – the one that changed her family forever.




    Unlike most books that I read with alternating storytellers and timeframes, this one takes place over the course of a decade. At first I thought that this would be a negative because, really, how much can happen over ten years in a book? Most good books that transcend time need hundreds of years to do so properly. But instead, it was a positive. This approach made the characters more relatable because the main character is my age and the plot allowed for incredible character development within those ten years.




    Another thing that I liked about this book is that I felt like I was in on some secrets. I really enjoy books in which I know something about a character that the other characters don’t know about. Richell does a great job of giving the reader insights into the psyche of various characters, which enriches the overall storytelling process without spoiling the fun.




    I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys British writers and stories with alternating perspectives. I tend to read a lot of these books and very few authors can do it without forgetting to tie up some loose ends. Richell, however, can do it – and she does it well!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Loved it

    A stray from the normal books I usually read but it was well worth it

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