As I've been doing a lot more reading that writing recently, I thought it was time for a book review, so here goes.
The Silent Tide – Rachel Hore
This is Rachel’s sixth book and was published in September 2013. So far I’ve read them all and loved each one. The Silent Tide is no exception.
Written partly in the present day and also post WWII, The Silent Tide follows Emily, an editor in a London publishing house who is commissioned to work on a biography of Hugh Morton, a great British Novelist, first published in the late 1940’s. There is a mystery surrounding the first wife of Hugh Morton (Isabel) a young ambitious women who began her career editing Hugh’s first novel. It’s a mystery that Hugh’s second wife and his biographer seem keen to overlook.
Information which is being secretly passed to Emily though proves that there is someone out there who wants Isabel’s story to be told.
The novel is told from Isabel’s point of view. Gradually we are drawn into her story as she struggles to forge a career for herself, meets the man of her dreams and then is expected to give up on all her ambitions to become a typical 1950’s housewife and mother.
As we are drawn into Isabel’s story, so is Emily, who is also struggling with her own relationships.
The storylines in both the past and present kept me turning the pages and I found this book both compelling and satisfying. Rachel Hore pens a story with such a sense of place and time that you can’t help but become involved in the story. Fans of Kate Morton will love this book.