Stuck in a traffic jam, Nicki Clements sees a face she hoped never to see again. It's definitely him, the same police officer, stopping each car on Elmhirst Road. Keen to avoid him, Nicki does a U-turn and makes a panicky escape. Or so she thinks.
The next day, Nicki is pulled in for questioning in connection with the murder of Damon Blundy, controversial newspaper columnist and resident of Elmhirst Road. Nicki can't answer any of the questions detectives fire at her. She has no idea why the killer used a knife in such a peculiar way, or why 'he is no less dead' was painted on Blundy's study wall.
And she can't explain why she avoided Elmhirst Road that day without revealing the secret that could ruin her life.
Because although Nicki is not guilty of murder, she is far from innocent...
©2014 Sophie Hannah (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton
Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.
I have already suggested it to two friends. It was such an incredible read. Also, the wry British humour was exactly what I wanted, along with the mystery, of course.`
There were quite a few. if pressed, I would say the scene with the school mistress when Nicky takes in her son's gym kit. Also, the encounter of Simon with the two ex-wives. Many.
Probably. The readers were brilliant. GREAT.
When Nicky reads the letter about her secret. About her family home life as a child. Poignnt and very realistic.
I have read every mystery in this series (some I had to get from the UK as not all are available on US Audible. While all are really good, this one just sent me over the top. I loved everything about it. The grasp of the complexities and hilarities of social media had me gasping at times. So very, very spot on.
Micron the Cat
I like the narrators; they were both excellent.
Took too long to get to the point, and all that reading of the email and text headers was excruciating.
voice and accent
Not all of it.
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