The Silent Tide

The Silent Tide

Book - 2013
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When Emily Gordon, editor at a London publishing house, commissions an account of great English novelist Hugh Morton, she finds herself steering a tricky path between Morton's formidable widow, Jacqueline, who's determined to protect his secrets, and the biographer, charming and ambitious Joel Richards. But someone is sending Emily mysterious missives about Hugh Morton's past and she discovers a buried story that simply has to be told... One winter's day in 1948, nineteen year old Isabel Barber arrives at her Aunt Penelope's house in Earl's Court having run away from home to follow her star. A chance meeting with an East European refugee poet leads to a job with his publisher, McKinnon & Holt, and a fascinating career beckons. But when she develops a close editorial relationship with charismatic young debut novelist Hugh Morton and the professional becomes passionately personal, not only are all her plans put to flight, but she finds herself in a struggle for her very survival. Rachel Hore's intriguing and suspenseful new novel magnificently evokes the milieux of London publishing past and present and connects the very different worlds of two young women, Emily and Isabel, who through their individual quests for truth, love and happiness become inextricably linked.
Publisher: London :, Simon & Schuster,, 2013
ISBN: 9781849832908
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hore 2013
Characteristics: 514 pages ; 20 cm


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Apr 13, 2015

This is the third novel that I have read by this author and she seems to prefer using a dual narrative when telling her story. Many many authors use this style and it is very popular at the moment (Kate Morton, Erin Hart, Kimberly Freeman, Susanna Kearsley, Titiana de Rosnay, Lauren Willig) Perhaps it would be enough to say it is popular with modern writers. We meet Emily, a modern editor at a publishing house as she has undertaken the biography of a famed (fictitious) writer whose greatest fame occurred in the 1950's. His widow is anxious that his story is told----her way. Emily, on the other hand, wants to unearth more information on his mysterious 1st wife and this doesn't sit well with most characters involved. Most of the book follows Isabel's timeline (she is the mysterious 1 st wife) starting when she shows up in London anxious to find a job. If post-partum depression had been better understood, things could have been very different. I will finish by saying that after I read the entire book I sometimes felt as though the wrong woman was vilified. I will say no more to stay out of spoiler territory


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