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Sophie Hannahs debut thriller novel, Little Face, immediately marked her out as a particularly penetrating and insightful practitioner of the psychological crime novel, with a skill for getting into the minds of her beleaguered characters, a skill she continued to polish in its successor, Hurting Distance. Her second book was a particular achievement, given that so many second novels fail to live up to the promise of their predecessors. And here is Sophie Hannah's third novel, The Point of Rescue, and it might be argued that it is her most accomplished book yet.
A woman is watching a report on television of the death of a mother and daughter; apparently both had died at the mother's hand. Also on the screen is the surviving member of the family, a widower described as Mark Bretherick. Watching with her husband, the woman, Sally, has to bite back the words that spring to her lips: this man is not Mark Bretherick! How does she know? Because she had enjoyed a brief sexual affair with the real possessor of that name some time before -- an affair (needless to say) she has not revealed to her husband. Sally is forced to hang on to her secret, and she anonymously informs the police that all is not as it appears to be in this case.
It is Sally's plight that so comprehensively engages the reader here, but readers of the earlier books by Sophie Hannah will be pleased to note the reappearance of her reliable copper Simon Waterhouse, who ensures that the sequences involving the investigation are quite as compelling as the those of a woman desperately trying to keep her indiscretion secret (while doing the right thing).
On the evidence of these three books, Sophie Hannah has a long career as a novelist ahead of her (perhaps to run in tandem with her alternative career as a poet). --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Once again, Hannah's distinctive mix of first and third-person narratives creates a bewitchingly elaborate plot - the theme of parents' ambivalence towards their children gives it real emotional substance' (The Sunday Times)
Sophie Hannah just gets better and better, with experience adding rocket fuel to her already high-octane yarns . . . Brilliantly cunning and entirely unpredictable. (Guardian)
'The tension is screwed ever tighter until the final shocking outcome' (Barry Forshaw, Daily Express)
'Hannah is an expert in creepy scenarios and plot twists that keep you guessing until the last page. The tension doesn't slacken for a second.' (Grazia)
'For those who demand emotional intelligence and literary verve from their thrillers, Sophie Hannah is the writer of choice. THE POINT OF RESCUE, her third, combines a creepily irresistible page-turner with an exploration of motherhood's taboos.' (Guardian)
'Sophie Hannah's ingenious, almost surreal mysteries are so intricately constructed that it's impossible to guess how they will end . . . A compelling and disquieting story, told with the author's usual panache.' (Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph)
Every so often a writer comes along whose freshness and originality blows the competition out of the water.. .Genuinely gripping, full of the unseen and yet fitting twists and turns that make good quality crime fiction such a pleasure (Yorkshire Post)
'I've just discovered this wonderful writer. Her book captures you from the first line and you carry on reading even if you fear the worst is going to happen. This is as page-turning as it is beautifully written.' (Katie Fforde writing in, Gloss)
'Given the quality of crime fiction around it is no surprise that the genre is now the most popular in Britain. One relatively new writer establishing herself at the top of the tree is Sophie Hannah, whose three novels are characterised by their terrifyingly creepy plots.. . Hannah is excellent at conveying the bewilderment that bubbles up as seemingly related events unfold. This is an original and cleverly-plotted novel with terrific characterisation. It's intricate threads will take you down blind alleys without you ever guessing the outcome.' (Daily Express)
Hannah doesn't allow the tension to slacken for a second in this addictive, brilliantly chilling thriller. (Marie Claire Book of the Month)
'Brilliantly creepy' (Red Magazine)
'[Hannah] left me desperate to know what would happen, and I kept turning those pages, even though reading it at times was a little exhausting.
The Point of Rescue is a huge, complicated, jigsaw-puzzle of a novel. But, as the final piece slotted into place, there was one thing I was sure of: the effort was worthwhile.'(www.vulpeslibris. com)
'And, as for the resolution...Sophie Hannah's mind must be something of a modern marvel: she plots with such incredible intricacy and foresight that when the ends all tied themselves together so neatly, I gasped with the cleverness of it all. I'd hesitate to describe this book as light reading: take it to the beach by all means, but it's not one you'll be able to enjoy under the influence of a cocktail. It's a book that needs - and luckily deserves - to be read twice. . .
The Point of Rescue is a huge, complicated, jigsaw-puzzle of a novel. But, as the final piece slotted into place, there was one thing I was sure of: the effort was worthwhile'(vulpes libris (online))
Another brilliant book couldn't put it down can't wait to download more !!Published 5 months ago by S L BARRETT
I only read to the end because my internet was down and I had nothing else to read.
Full of plot holes, unbelievable characters; I mean, how many 5 year olds send... Read more
What turned out to be the third book in the Culver Valley series. Whilst I had read book one, Little Face in 2013 I hadn't read the second book in the series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tracy Terry
I enjoyed this book and had no idea who the killer was. However I started to get confused towards the end as to who did what and why and even how the police worked it all out. Read morePublished 8 months ago by lifestyle