'Sophie Hannah's LITTLE FACE startled the British thriller market a year ago, and her new book is another superbly creepy foray in the genre. The plots are brilliant - I couldn't see through this one at all.'
'Poet and children's writer Sophie Hannah is proving to be equally adept at turning her hand to pscyhological thrillers. In HURTING DISTANCE, Naomi's concern for her married lover's well-being grows when his wife insists he is fine, just away. Naomi uses the story of a rape from her past to get the police to sit up and take notice. What makes this novel work so well is that more than one character has a bit of a screw loose - even the detectives on the case are grappling with some crippling personal issues - and it takes the full ride of the novel to find out who is playing whom.'
'Hannah's second novel is a beautifully written chiller-thriller about the after-effect of rape. It grips from start to finish - a grip which held me against my will because the sustained atmosphere of mild hysteria is hard to take . . . I couldn't put it down'
(Literary Review )
'This is a far better-written book than any genre label might suggest. Hannah is a respected poet and uses the fascinating motif of the sundial not only to provide the reader with clues but to underline perceptions of life, time and death. It's also significant that she won a Daphne du Maurier award. Her powerful subjects of obsession with the past, and fear in the present, testify that she has made a transition to the narrative world of that iconic writer.'
'A superbly creepy, twisty thriller about obsessive love, psychological torture, and the darkest chambers of the human heart.'
'Another success for this inventive writer.'
'The terror created by Hannah will continue to lurk on the edges of your sub-conscious long after you've put this book down'
(The News of the World
From the Author
I had the idea for 'Hurting Distance' one day when I was standing on Durham station. I was feeling miserable after being badly let down by someone...well, let's just say someone who ought not to have let me down! Anyway, I was feeling sorry for myself, and trying to tell myself, 'It could be worse, worse things could happen.' Then, out of nowhere, I had this idea about something truly terrible that one person might do to another - it was so awful, it made me shudder. A few minutes later, I had the villain in 'Hurting Distance' fixed in my mind - I knew what that person would do and why he/she would do it, and I could have written the big revelation scene at the end there and then. I like to write chronologically, though, so I worked backwards to construct the rest of the story from my twist at the end. Writing a novel is very hard, but from the start 'Hurting Distance' was one that just fell into place - everything seemed organic and 'meant to be', and it was a dream to write. I hope readers enjoy it, if enjoy is the right word for such a chilling story!