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- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 16 Aug. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005HITN4Y
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed Culver Valley Crime Series Volumes 2-4 (I avoided the first volume as the subject sounded horribly creepy). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kate Hopkins
Sophie Hannah's Culver Valley series need to be read IN ORDER. Her plots are complex, both the mystery elements and the back story of the poilice and their bizarre relationships. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dillon the Villain
Bizarre! I found it really hard to follow this - maybe because I had no idea about some of the characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alyben
Loved it. Typical Hannah: reels you in and you can't think about anything but what's going on in the book.Published 6 months ago by Kilkenny_Cat
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 morePublished 6 months ago by Jeeds
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 morePublished 9 months ago by Bexy Bee
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