A woman is watching a report on television of the death of a mother and daughter; apparently both had died at the mother's hand. Also on the screen is the surviving member of the family, a widower described as Mark Bretherick. Watching with her husband, the woman, Sally, has to bite back the words that spring to her lips: this man is not Mark Bretherick! How does she know? Because she had enjoyed a brief sexual affair with the real possessor of that name some time before - an affair (needless to say) she has not revealed to her husband. Sally is forced to hang on to her secret, and she anonymously informs the police that all is not as it appears to be in this case.
It is Sally's plight that so comprehensively engages the reader here, but readers of the earlier books by Sophie Hannah will be pleased to note the reappearance of her reliable copper Simon Waterhouse, who ensures that the sequences involving the investigation are quite as compelling as the those of a woman desperately trying to keep her indiscretion secret (while doing the right thing).
©2008 Sophie Hannah (P)2008 ISIS Publishing Ltd
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"Gripping and convoluted thriller"
Its up there towards the top along side Sophie Hannah's other books.
Sophie Hannah's other books- I LOVE her characters- they are so flawed, bonkers, loveable, annoying, believable, charming, vile and understandable. I also love that the police people are the same in all her books- yet the stories concentrate on the crime/mystery.
Her reading is excellent because I don't notice it- I just get the story- no irritating ticks or pronunciations.
I was horrified by the episode in the locked room with the dressing gown- awful....
Keep them coming Sophie Hannah- they are wonderful stories....
"You can never guess with Sophie"
Yes - a wonderfully contorted plot
The narrator's voice was wonderful- the first person voice. However I love the recurring character of Charlie, our tough but soft-inside police woman. Miss Strevens is a versatile performer.
You could never guess.
I think I found a teeny weeny plot hole, but I'd have to listen again to be sure.
"Well Thought Out"
This is the first time I've read anything by Sophie Hannah and I found it quite interesting. Most crime novels are written from the perspective of a single detective, or possibly a team, but Hannah bounces back and forth between first person narrative by the victim and third person for the detective team. It opens up the story and challenges the reader to view things from different perspectives. This does, however, mean that you have to pay attention to the story or you will be lost. I found it also made it difficult for me to connect with the characters, which means that the strength of the book is also it's weakness.
The plot is all rather complicated and well thought out. Hats off to Hannah for that. It's not a predictable story line and takes a lot of twist and turns that makes it all a bit confusing, until you think about it a bit. I wish Audible allowed for half stars because I would have liked to give it three and a half. The only reason I felt that it didn't merit four (I rarely rate things 5 stars and then only when I absolutely can't put the book down) is because of my difficulty in connecting with the characters and a little bit because of the narrator. What Charlotte Strevens read well, she lacks in versatility when it comes to voicing the characters. I would still listen to other books she narrated, but I think this particular book would have benefited from a better voice separation. I would also be willing to try more of Hannah's books in the future, but perhaps coupled with a different narrator.
"Very good despite a few flaws"
I had to repeat some parts of it as I went along, just to keep up! The plot got quite complicated, especially the final suspect interrogation which veered in a number of different directions (in a good way). I agree with other reviewers that there were a few holes in the plot. For example,the police were unaware of something I think they would have found out early in the investigation. It was such a good read that I didn't mind the few flaws. I think it might stop me reading the whole thing again though.
The pace. It stayed interesting through a variety of scenes and voices.
I liked the way she varied the voice of each character. Her reading of dialogue was mostly very natural. I say mostly because there were just a few times where her intonation was wrong - eg "WHAT did you say?" instead of "What did YOU say?", which jarred the continuity. Also one bizarre pronunciation of "a colleague's leaving do" as "a college's leaving do". Apart from that, I think she presented the story and characters well.
No, it's not that kind of book. The plot is too complex and there are too many characters. It was better to listen in instalments.
It would be fine to read it without knowing the other books in the Spilling CID series.
Having already read a couple of the later ones I had to make a mental adjustment for the police characters being at an earlier stage of their development. It's made me want to start reading the books in order.
"its been a while since i actively hated a book"
The book started so well and drew me in with its characterization and realism then suddenly became so ridiculous and unrealstic with no warning,the main character was allowed to wonder around a school, given private information and drinks water from an UNLOCKED car that had been vandalised, thats just a couple of stupid points,there is also the pointless subplots about irrelavant characters and page after page of useless detail ,the conclusion is even worst and wrapped up to quickly as if the author grew tired of the ludicrous story herself.What made it worst is that in the beginning i liked sally (the main character) but the author had no respect for her.
i honstly dont know maybe let the main chracters have more common sense
she wasnt the problem
anger and dissapointment
Was quite enjoying this, but chapter 5,6,7 & 8 was unlistenable, maybe the sound file is corrupt. Shame it slipped through the quality control. Managed to pick it up again on chapter 9 but have missed a large chunk if the story.
A woman is disturbed to see a mother and daughter have been murdered in a neighbouring town. Worse than that, she looks like the woman, and the man shown to be her husband is someone she knows can't be him.
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