Every family has a secret: a dramatic family saga with a dark thread of suspense lurking at its heart.
Hannah Richell was born in Kent and spent her childhood years in Buckinghamshire and Canada. After graduating from the University of Nottingham she worked in the book publishing and film industries in both London and Sydney. She is a dual citizen of Great Britain and Australia and currently lives the South West of England with her family. Hannah is the author of international bestsellers Secrets of the Tides and The Shadow Year. The Peacock Summer is her third novel. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages.
The Tide family has fallen apart. It's been 10 years since a sudden tragedy transformed the lives of Helen, Richard, Dora and Cassie, but no-one has been able to move on. When Dora discovers she is pregnant, she realises that in order to build a future she will need to confront the past. But this won't be easy as each of her family members offers a different version of the truth. This is a very readable debut from UK-born, Sydney-based writer Hannah Richell, which attracted a bidding war and multiple translation deals. While some readers may dislike the way Richell repeatedly signposts key information, others will be swept away by the melodrama and the mystery. Suspense slowly builds as the narrative jumps backwards and forwards in time. The reader must piece together clues as more secrets are gradually uncovered and multiple points of view are explored. Fans of family sagas will enjoy Richell's talent for capturing the little details (and big dilemmas) of family life, as well as the darkness and the tender and funny moments. Lucy Stewart is a Melbourne writer and the editor of Bookseller+Publisher's Library News
The theme of a cataclysmic event that continues to shape the lives
of all those involved is central to Hannah Richell's ambitious,
wide-ranging family saga * DAILY MAIL *
A compelling tale of grief and forgiveness -- Fanny Blake * WOMAN & HOME *
A compelling debut tale of infidelity, betrayal and tragedy that will have you turning the pages until the early hours * GRAZIA *
Moving between the past and present it's a gripping story of troubled young women * STAR MAGAZINE *
The Tides in Hannah Richell's forceful debut are a family ... the revelations of what happened, and the burden of guilt the Tides carry, are powerfully evoked in a classy melodrama with very well-realised characters. Once you start reading, you'll be hooked -- A.N.Wilson * READERS DIGEST *
This confident debut novel is a dark but compelling read. The characters are so believable your heart will ache for their pain, and you'll be driven to ask yourself the question - could you forgive and forget? * CANDIS *
The story of a family that almost tear themselves apart before discovering the ties that bind them. It offers engaging characters, tension and pathos * WE LOVE THIS BOOK *
Assuredly written and impeccably structured, it excavates the emotional layers of family drama when something goes terribly wrong - think Jodi Picoult without the formulaic writing...Moving and darkly suspenseful * SYDNEY MORNING HERALD *
A Rosamund Pilcher-esque family saga, very cleverly structured and compulsively readable * THE BOOKSELLER *
Set against the ebb and flow of the ever-present sea, this complex family drama is a page-turner of a debut novel * AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY *