Three years ago, something terrible happened to Naomi Jenkins - so terrible that she never told anybody. Now Naomi has another secret - the man she has fallen passionately in love with, unhappily married Robert Haworth. When Robert vanishes without trace, Naomi knows he must have come to harm. But the police are less convinced, particularly when Robert's wife insists he is not missing. In desperation, Naomi has a crazy idea. If she can't persuade the police that Robert is in danger, perhaps she can convince them that he is a danger to others. Then they will have to look for him - urgently. Naomi knows how describe in detail the actions of a psychopath. All she needs to do is dig up her own troubled past....
What did you love best about Hurting Distance?
Nothing was predictable about this book. I couldn't stop listening. I'm now looking for more Sophie Hannah books.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Hurting Distance?
I don't want to give too much away, suffice to say.. Lots of surprises!
What does Julia Barrie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
It was well read - I like Julia Barrie as a reader, she was very clear and concise and enjoyable to listen to.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I didn't laugh or cry.. anticipation is what I felt most. Waiting for the next revelation.
Any additional comments?
Really enjoyed it. So much so, that when it finished, I let it run through again.
I love Sophie Hannah so I was keen to purchase her books on audio so that I could listen to them any time I liked. The narration is very good.The plot is tight and well paced. Quickly we learn that in the past something very bad happened to the main character Naomi Jenkins. We also learn that Naomi is in some weird relationship with a married man called Robert. When Robert goes missing the police aren't interested so Naomi decides she will tell a serious lie about him to make the Police investigate his disappearance. What begins as a small lie soon becomes something far worse and more twisted. The lie is far more real than anyone ever imagined. As with all Sophie Hannah's novels, they are written back and forth between - first person narrative by the person linked to the crime and third person narrative from the detectives point of view. This style is great but it does mean that you have to pay attention to the story, especially as you are listening and not reading. On a more serious note this book does deal with rape and some scenes are quite disturbing and graphic - however it works with the story, it's never cliched and provides a different perspective on a theme that has been covered so many times.In my opinion one of the best books I have ever come across - You will be thinking about it long after you've finished listening/reading.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I found this quite hard going at the start, this was more to do with the style taking a bit of getting used to! Once it picks up and gains pace it's a really gripping, thought provoking read that tackles rape from a different perspective. The big reveal is not what you expect, this is a pretty intense book that takes some concentration to listen to but it still somehow keeps you hooked.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A woman has been having an affair with a married man for a year. When he doesn't turn up for their usual Thursday meeting, she is sure something bad has happened to him. She goes to the police, but they aren't reacting as quickly as she'd like, so she tells the police he raped her.
I found this quite a disturbing listen, the reveal towards the end was pretty chilling and as such, this is an audiobook I'd only listen to the once.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A mess of a book, like bring trapped in a nightmare, sickening . she's written far better, tried to hard to shock... Hated it. Sorry sophie
Would you try another book written by Sophie Hannah or narrated by Julia Barrie?
This is the first book that I have listened to written by Sophie Hannah and I was drawn to it by the enthusiastic reviews. What a mistake, A completely implausible plot that was dragged out by lengthy passages that didn't add to the story. I was on a long car journey and decided to stick it out until the end - what a let down.
What will your next listen be?
Did Julia Barrie do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?
No, there were just too many names and it was difficult to differentiate between them.
Did Hurting Distance inspire you to do anything?
Yes, never buy another Sophie Hannah book.
Any additional comments?
Yes, follow you own instincts when choosing a book and don't be swayed but the many readers who seem to give five stars to a book far too easily.
I just love Sophie Hannah, her mind is amazing. another belter that keeps you guessing until the end!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this book. The story from the narrators perspective seems so real. Tension is built very carefully. This is almost like two separate books within one where the second builds on the first. Great value for money. I could not guess the various 'reveals' along the way and that is not generally the case.
What did you like most about Hurting Distance?
I decided to dowload this as my first audio book as I had read Little Face and enjoyed it somewhat. I needed a book for dogwalks and this was a great book.
It is the usual Sophie Hannah type story with some very thin coincidence's and no real shock at the end, but I enjoyed Julia Barrie's reading of it which was gentle on my ears, but fitting to the story.
I was engrossed I have to say, I was listening and walking and wanted to walk much further so I had longer listening time, however the dogs didn't cos it was too hot and sat and refused to budge if I was walking what they considered the longer way round. They won.......... but I really enjoyed my expereance, so much so, I have now joined Audible.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Ummm difficult one
What does Julia Barrie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I dont think I would have read much past chapter 3 or 4 as I really didnt like the main charactor...she was a real pain as far as I was concerned
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?