As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening....
When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others....
When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them. The bones turn out to be two thousand years old....
Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross....
Louise has no reason left to stay in the city. She can't see her son, Joseph, who is away at boarding school, where he performs in a prestigious boys' choir....
Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside - the woman who was killed....
From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race....
The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, but when human remains are discovered on an old farm, the village's dark past begins to unravel....
At the age of 13, Charlie Quinn's childhood came to an abrupt and devastating end....
Alison is unlucky to be alive. She has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by a skilful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. Her condition is Locked-In Syndrome....
Caro and Anna are best friends...they were best friends....
Milly's mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start....
It's 1.15 a.m. Connie Bowskill should be asleep. Instead, she's logging on to a property website in search of a particular house: 11 Bentley Grove, Cambridge. She knows it's for sale; she saw the estate agent's board in the front garden less than six hours ago. Soon Connie is clicking on the 'Virtual Tour' button, keen to see the inside of 11 Bentley Grove and put her mind at rest once and for all.
She finds herself looking at a scene from a nightmare: in the living room, in the middle of the carpet, there's a woman lying face down in a huge pool of blood. In shock, Connie wakes her husband, Kit. But when Kit sits down at the computer to take a look, he sees no dead body, only a pristine beige carpet in a perfectly ordinary room….
I've enjoyed Sophie Hannah's other books but found this one repetitive and unbelievable. The characterisation is very far fetched and the storyline is hard to swallow. Not one of her successes.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
An excellent audio book. The pace of the story is a little slow in the begining but it builds and builds. The characters are well developed, the story is imaginative and the book is very well written. Narration is also good, especially Simon Slater. One negative is the amount of swearing - too much and so unnecessary. Highly recommended.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful
I have just discovered Sophie Hannah and downloaded 4 of her books in a row. I have loved them. Whilst you think you know where the stories are going there are good twists built in. I love the humanity of the characters, and the fact the stories are told through differentg characters as well as third party. However, for some reason the main character in this book drives me to distraction. I sort of understand her and to some extent sympathise although her actions verge on hysteria. Over the course of the story,however, I think the reason for the irritation is the narrator voices her character in a whisper. Both narrators are excellent and I don't wish to put anyone off but the whispering......aahhhh. I would recommend this author and have really enjoyed her books so far even if listened to in the wrong order. I have already added the last two to my wish list
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Lasting Damage?
Pretty much the whole thing once passed the first few chapters.
What was most disappointing about Sophie Hannah’s story?
The fact that I really don't think she thought this through AT ALL prior to starting it, as the story progressed it just became more and more ludicrous, really scraping the barrel with this one I'm afraid. Really disappointing as I was really enjoying her other books with these characters and the part where (without giving it away) one of the main characters talks endlessly about how he's figured out all of the psychology behind the perpetrator's actions / thinking and reasoning had me completely bemused - to have ever deduced all of that detailed summation was completely unrealistic but went to show that without it, the reader would have been left even more perplexed by the whole storyline and it was as though this part was added in as an after thought to counterbalance a sheer nonsense plot for us to try and make a bit more sense from it all. Sorry Sophie, this is one for bonfire !
What does Emma Kay and Simon Slater bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The narrators did a fine job considering the plot line they were meant to explain away.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lasting Damage?
All of it.
Any additional comments?
Don't buy this book, especially if you are a Sophie Hannah fan, it will deflate you !
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Great story with excellent narration. Just sorry it came to an end. One of the best books I have listened to this year.
7 of 10 people found this review helpful
not to my taste and I struggled. hlUnfortunately couldn'tfinish it as I was totally uninspired!
Great start & good plot..but really lost its way & ended up not knowing what was going on, poorly explained & finished unsatisfied
Great story with challenging twists (I thoghtcit was going to be a ghost story!). The detectives were far more realistic than in some stories I have listened to lately
First half is very good, but the second half is just a long reveal. Kit's voice is very annoying.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The story hinges on the most contrived plot device I've ever read. Two separate police forces are actually meant to take seriously the claims of our protagonist - Connie - that she saw a dead body during a search of an estate agency website in the early hours of the morning...which has then disappeared.<br/>We're then into the realms of fantasists, liars, game-players - useful devices for a 'psychological thriller' when the stretching of credibility beyond snapping point covers up the inadequacies of the story-telling.<br/>By the end, when over-long - and still incredible - explanations are being made about what has happened and, apparently, why, I was past caring. If I'd not been in the middle of a marathon decorating task, I'd have given up.
Would you ever listen to anything by Sophie Hannah again?
On the basis of Lasting Damage, certainly not.
How could the performance have been better?
The narration was also less than wonderful, with, on many, many occasions, the emphasis on the wrong words, or missing altogether, when emphasis was needed.