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Lasting Damage: Culver Valley Crime Book 6 [Kindle Edition]

Sophie Hannah
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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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 . . .

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    Praise for Sophie Hannah (:)

    Hannah takes domestic scenarios, adds disquieting touches and turns up the suspense until you're checking under the bed for murders (Independent)

    It's a given that nothing will be as it seems in the latest psychological thriller from Sophie Hannah, who marries complex plots with crisp, conversational prose (Marie Claire)

    As Hannah sees it things are rarely clear cut and it is this moral ambivalence that makes her fiction so provocative (Daily Express)

    'Hannah's novels combine traditional police procedurals with intense psychological thrillers . . . compelling' (Weekend Herald, Auckland)

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    Praise for Sophie Hannah -- : 'Hannah takes domestic scenarios, adds disquieting touches and turns up the suspense until you're checking under the bed for murders' -- Independent 'It's a given that nothing will be as it seems in the latest psychological thriller from Sophie Hannah, who marries complex plots with crisp, conversational prose' -- Marie Claire 'As Hannah sees it things are rarely clear cut and it is this moral ambivalence that makes her fiction so provocative' -- Daily Express 'Hannah's novels combine traditional police procedurals with intense psychological thrillers ... compelling' -- Weekend Herald, Auckland

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 858 KB
    • Print Length: 460 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340980656
    • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Culver Valley Crime Book 6 edition (27 Jan. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004KZOX9A
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 27 countries. In 2013, her novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards. Sophie has also published five collections of poetry. Her fifth, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 T S Eliot Award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK. Sophie lives with her husband and children in Cambridge, where she is a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College. She has recently written a new novel starring Hercule Poirot, approved by the Agatha Christie estate and due to be published in September 2014. This new Poirot novel has already sold to more than 30 countries. Sophie's website is www.sophiehannah.com, and you can follow her on Twitter at @sophiehannahcb1.

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    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Tortuous, rambling and confusing 2 Oct. 2011
    By Jasper
    Format:Paperback
    I have enjoyed most of Sophie Hannah's books before now but really can't see what there is to like about this book. Having read the blurb and various ace reviews, I was beginning to think it was me losing the plot until I read some of the other reviews on here. Like other reviewers, I found the whole thing boring. The basic idea grabbed me and I thought it was an unusual and intriguing plot to start with, but the endless tedious conversations between various characters turned it into a dull book. Not only was the plot hard to keep hold of at various times, but the characters were annoying too. The interplay between Simon and Charlie is unlikely and tedious, and the relationship between Olivia and Gibbs is pointless. The most annoying feature of all, for me though, was the repetitive self-analysing and 'stream of consciousness' type rambling of the characters (especially Connie and Charlie) and voicing of their thoughts on everything. This meant a simple conversation or explanation would drag on for pages while the character analysed their understanding of what they'd just heard/said/seen. And the plot about the houses and no. 11/12 and 17/18 became ridiculous and confusing. By the last chapters of the book, I realised I didn't care what the outcome was as I didn't care about any of the characters. I just wanted it finished.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me! 2 Mar. 2012
    By ik_49
    Format:Paperback
    I really wanted to like this book and stayed with it in the hope that it was a slow burner. Sadly, the characters were totally unbelievable (particularly the police officers)and in the case of the central character Connie, it was worse than just unbelievable - it was deeply irritating. From the outset it was obvious that she was in some sort of mortal danger but rather than add a sense of tension to the proceedings - the reader is left wishing that whoever has her worst interests at heart, would just get it over with. The central story revolves around the main protagonist having 'witnessed' on an estate agents website what seems to have been a murder after seeing a dead body lying in a room of a house for sale. What follows is an over long search for the truth and although the final denouement rescues the story a pinch; it doesn't disguise the fact that this book is full of some truly clunky and ultimately pointless dialogue - particularly the conversations in household of Connie's immediate family. Very disappointing.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery but tedious police relationships 7 May 2011
    By JM VINE VOICE
    Format:Hardcover
    I read Sophie Hannah's earliest 2 books but then gave up with her, although I quite enjoyed Little Face I found her second book appalling and in all I was frustrated by the alternating chapters about the police.
    However the premise of this latest book really intrigued me so I gave it a try. A woman, Connie, is looking at a virtual tour of a house on an estate agent's website and sees a woman lying in a pool of blood. When she tries to show her husband it is just a pristine room with no trace of the horrors she's just seen.
    Again, this book follows the same format, chapters alternate between the lead character and the detectives. Whilst the chapters about Connie were gripping, the chapters about the police were like a rude interruption, particularly in the earlier half. Some of them had no bearing on the story at all, such as Charlie and Simon's dismal honeymoon (what a dreadful pair of characters these two are!),and the relationship between Charlie's sister and another police officer, these threads were tedious and reminded me why I stopped reading this author's books.
    From a reader's point of view I would say to Sophie Hannah that she certainly knows how to create some intriguing plots and characters but she should really ditch those awful detectives.
    BUT, the actual main plot running through the book is quite interesting and really kept me turning the pages, although the truths at the end were somewhat unlikely, but then it is fiction and would be pretty boring if everything was completely true to life.
    Well worth a read in spite of my criticisms, and gets better as it goes along.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid at all costs 25 Sept. 2013
    Format:Paperback
    I have never before read such an utter pile of rubbish. The plot is so absolutely ridiculous that I cannot believe it got published, never mind some actual good reviews.
    As most other people state, the initial idea is quite good and intriguing - who is the woman in the pool of blood? Why is the image not there when Connie's husband views the video? But the author clearly had no idea how to progress the story beyond this initial concept and went so far in the the unbelievable that it ended up as complete tripe.
    **SPOILER ALERT**
    I am still at a loss as to why this was put up on the website at 1am when Connie couldn't sleep? How on earth could Jackie know that she would be awake at this time, are we to believe that Kit texted her to put it up on the website when he couldn't have any secure idea of when Connie would go downstairs, and Jackie was to be waiting on the other end of the phone to upload a video and take it down again a few minutes later?!! The back and forth between 17/18 Pardner Lane and 11/12 Bentley Grove was nonsensical.
    Never again will I pick up a book by this author as it was a complete waste of my time and patience.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this!
    Loved it. Typical Hannah: reels you in and you can't think about anything but what's going on in the book.
    Published 14 days ago by Kilkenny_Cat
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    great read
    Published 17 days ago by lindsey owen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Top Marks Sophie Hannah!
    This is one of my favourite of the Culver Valley Crime series. The main Crime story featuring the fragile Connie who see's a dead body on a property website feels so unique and... Read more
    Published 22 days ago by Miss Readsalot
    2.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a miss
    I have read most of sophie hannahs books and i do find them a bit hit and miss. This one for me was a miss. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Becky Cotton
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I am happy with this purchase
    Published 6 months ago by Carol Ann Phillips
    2.0 out of 5 stars So much promise, but incredibly poorly executed
    This book promised a lot, but failed to deliver most of it.

    The central plot (dead woman lying in a pool of blood in a room on an estate agent's website... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Katja
    1.0 out of 5 stars Puts me off reading anything else by her
    I got this for Xmas, never read anything by her before, but love a good psychological thriller. I kept up with it, but at the end I just kept thinking how Ruth Rendell would've... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Malloreddus
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit from Sophie Hannah!
    Very well written and thought out plot! One of the best books I have read in a long time! Sophie Hannah never fails to provide a descriptive and interesting read!
    Published 10 months ago by VIcky
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Well written
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    Published 11 months ago by E Hands
    5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
    fabulous as all her books are. buy it and enjoy!
    Published 12 months ago by J. Weeks
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