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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hammer (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099580020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099580027
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"Warning: This book is scary. If ghost stories are your thing, you will absolutely love it." (Viv Groskop Red Magazine)

"a truly chilling read" (Stylist)

"a tense mental journey ... Deft and compelling, The Orphan Choir delivers a chilling gut punch" (SFX Magazine)

"an old-fashioned horror story, given a modern spin by the likeable narrator. It has a creepy cinematic feel and races along to its frightening ending" (Sunday Mirror)

"a very modern sort of ghost story" (i, Independent)

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Published by Hammer, a terrifying ghost story from Sophie Hannah, the Sunday Times bestselling author of Kind of Cruel, A Room Swept White and Little Face. If you were chilled by The Woman in Black, you will be haunted by this.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By JustinDunn on 19 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover
What a strange book. Odd start, unsatisfying middle, questionable ending (but I won't spoil it here).

Are we sure this was meant to be a ghost story? I've had more frights receiving a restaurant bill.

It's a pity because the premise seemed quite good (I've not read Sophie Hannah before, this was actually recommended to me): A woman, missing her young son, finds her life increasingly intolerable because of the neighbour from hell.

She thinks he's playing choir music to antagonise her and escapes to the country, only to find the music follows her.

All very ghostly - except for me, it was anything but.

For starters, the protagonist was so dreary that my immediate sympathies lay with the far more colourful sounding fellow next door. I couldn't reconcile the idea of a mother sending her seven year old son to boarding school in any circumstances (it completely alienates non-Enid Blyton-bred readers, but maybe that's the working class in me) and when she eventually moved out I was ready to ring her neighbour's doorbell and suggest throwing a party to celebrate...

Perhaps I ought to try another Sophie Hannah book as The Orphan Choir didn't do it for me. This was like the aftermath of Chinese meal: I needed more and the taste in my mouth remained - but I simply couldn't face it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ewan on 2 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was pretty disappointed with this book for a number of reasons. Firstly, there was no scare factor in there for me. As a person who hasn't read any other books by Sophie Hannah, I didn't know what style the book would be written in or how the scare element would be implemented. I liked the colloquial style that the book was written in; first-person,and almost like elegant notation at some points. However, there was no "scary moments" for me. Perhaps this is because I knew what sort of direction the book was going to take.

My main blemish that I had with this book was my growing hatred of the main character, Louise. As you progress throughout the book, you start to see that she suffers more and more from psychological problems and other mental problems. The thing that I found annoying was her changing mind and obvious mis-treatment and unfair reasoning for her decisions. One example is when she suggests a deal to Dr. Freeman about the boarding aspect of the school, and then when she is offered the dead, she thinks that it is stupid and there is no way that she would ever agree to it. This issue bugged me more and more throughout the book, and really made me (almost) despise reading what she thought.

In conclusion, I think that there was a lot of potential in the book, but it was not executed properly. The colloquial style works well, but it only really comes alive in the last 2 or possibly 3 chapters. Also, it just wasn't scary enough!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cat on 26 Oct. 2013
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I've loved all Sophie Hannah's books but absolutely hated this. The main character, Lou, was immensely unlikeable, and her drippy husband was just about as bad. It started with promise, then became pretty farcical pretty quickly. A huge disappointment, and in no way spooky, just slightly confusing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joss on 17 April 2014
Format: Paperback
I don't know that I've ever given a book a one-star rating before - largely because if they're that bad I don't waste my time reading to the end. This book is beyond ridiculous - I only ploughed through it because I was convinced it had to improve - sadly, it didn't. The lead character is one-dimensional, paranoid and extremely irritating - I didn't have a shred of sympathy for her so-called plight. This book isn't terrifying - it isn't clever - but it is a waste of time. I used to like this author but her work has gone downhill in recent years. My advice - just don't bother!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrician on 1 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
I like psychological thrillers & Hannah's first books were a very welcome find, but my enthusiasm gradually waned with each one. Kind of Cruel was the last straw: a tortuous plot that became increasingly unbelievable & so ludicrously over-complex that Hannah had to fudge the ending.
When I glanced inside The Orphan Choir in my library I thought it showed Hannah's narrative skills at their best, & since it was quite a small book (& free) I hoped she could keep it compelling & credible. But although it started quite strongly it lost its way somewhere around the time the protagonist bought the house at Swallowfield (managed in record time & to all evidence against her husband's wishes), & became increasingly silly. It wasn't so much that I couldn't believe it as that I began to lose interest, & couldn't have cared less about the characters & their fate by the end. This was partly because of all the to-ing & fro-ing (literally, emotionally & narrative-wise) where the book becomes confused & top heavy with plot (a common failing with Hannah) & was exacerbated by the protagonist's (intentional) unreliability as a narrator: is it 'real' or is it not? This is a central strand of the book which at first creates ambivalence & suspense, but as Hannah loses control of the material it ceases to have any hold, on this reader, at least.
If you think about the plot too deeply it becomes even more silly & pointless, because in hindsight it seems that the woman was 'targeted' from a very early point in the story, though quite why is never clear. Unless of course the whole thing is the ravings of a mad woman.......
In the afterword Hannah describes how she was approached to contribute a ghost story, & how she was determined she would only do it if it could be "terrifying".
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