Hannah Richell: Secrets of the Tides

Angela E. Andrewes

 

Secrets of the Tides
by Hannah Richell
Hachette Australia, $29.99 pb, 405 pp, 9780733628542

 

Hannah Richell’s début novel, Secrets of the Tides, undoubtedly enjoyed a boost in sales when it was named the Australian Women’s Weekly ‘Great Read’ for the month of May. A family drama in the style of Jodi Picoult, Richell’s first foray into the women’s fiction market has proved its author’s marketing savvy. A former professional marketer for Pan Macmillan, Hachette, and Hodder & Stoughton, Richell certainly knows how to pitch a bestseller. Unfortunately, while Richell might know a great story when she sees one, her technique leaves a little to be desired.

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Published in September 2012 no. 344

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