The House of Tides (Paperback)
Grand Central Publishing, 9781455521074, 386pp.
Publication Date: July 16, 2013
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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Praise For The House of Tides…
"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."
"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 Rosamunde Pilcher-esque family saga, very cleverly structured and compulsively readable."
"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
"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