Sunday, 26 February 2012

Books Read:Hannah Richell - Secrets of the Tides

Source - Received from Lovereading to review

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.



Thank you to Louise at Lovereading for sending me a copy of this book to review.  I'm glad I was selected as one of a handful of reviewers of this debut novel from Hannah Richell as it was an moving book to read.

The story is told from the females of the family viewpoint, mum Helen and daughters Cassie and Dora, from the current day to events in the past.  But this is not a happy families story, an eventful day in the past has torn this family apart and they are no longer all in contact with each other.  Helen and husband Richard are now divorced and Cassie ran away from home at age 18 and shut the family out.   

When Dora finds out that she's expecting her first child, she's not sure that she deserves to be a mum so she reaches out to her splintered family for support.  Will this news bring the family back together again?

With the meeting of each family member we learn more about the tragic events of that fateful day one summer and learn that all three females have held their own personal guilt that it was their fault.  So what happened that day, I'm not going to spoil it for you so you'll have to read the book for yourself.

This is one book that I would have no qualms about recommending to friends and family.  I hope her next novel is as gripping.  

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