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The Carrier: Culver Valley Crime Book 8

The Carrier: Culver Valley Crime Book 8 [Kindle Edition]

Sophie Hannah
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)

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The characters, while not likeable, are intriguing, and Hannah does a good job of keeping the large cast in play (Guardian)

It is brilliantly constructed, and it had me, screaming, on the edge of my chair (Readers Digest)

Now while Sophie has been rightly praised for her sinuous plotting, dark psychological insights, precision-layered structure and the rhythm of her prose (she's also a poet, don't forget), I have always felt that she does not get enough credit for being funny. In past novels, she has written some wincingly funny (that is to say dead accurate) bitchy female dialogue and in THE CARRIER, the opening scenes in a German airport are stuffed full of cheeky observations and witty asides which a lesser writer such as myself would have milked to death or turned into farce (Shots)

Another gripping puzzle of a novel from one of Britain's best crime writers (Image Magazine, Ireland)

Hannah, a whip-smart thriller writer, makes tales that are tricky, teasing and thought-provoking. THE CARRIER is a classic of the type (RTE Guide)

This poet and crime writer again confirms in this, her eighth novel, her fluent writing skills, taste for complicated layers and deft hand with character, not to mention a knack for producing compelling openings. It is a mature work - full of confidence and intrigue. (Daily Mail)

Do not think you have worked out where the plot is going and how it is going to end. Hannah is masterly at leading the reader down the wrong path and here she excels once again. (Sunday Express)

Will definitely intrigue and warm a winter's evening (

Another massively intriguing premise from Hannah, with plot threads that spin out in all kinds of unusual and surprising directions . . . A hugely confident, beautifully written and bold mystery (Heat)

If like Sophie Hannah you are a writer who has repeatedly proved their mastery of the psychological thriller, each new book presents a double problem. How do you create new scenarios, new situations and new characters that are different from your earlier work? . . . Such is the author's command of narrative we nevertheless find ourselves glued to the page . . . Most will still find themselves inextricably drawn in by her customary skills. We may not like anyone in THE CARRIER but we remain hooked throughout the 400-odd pages of this compelling novel (Daily Express)

Sophie's storylines are always riveting - and this one will not disappoint! (My Weekly)

Well executed twists and turns . . . Hannah is a gifted writer (Scotland on Sunday)

The queen of the ingenious plot twist (Good Housekeeping)

With ingenuity and deft plotting, this accomplished page-turner moves inexorably towards a shocking conclusion (The Good Book Guide)

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A chilling novel from the queen of psychological suspense.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 705 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340980729
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Culver Valley Crime Book 8 edition (14 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096BIZO2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,424 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, and you can follow her on Twitter at @sophiehannahcb1.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one for me 23 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was our book club choice for September and another new author for me. The blurb sounded promising so we were all keen to get reading.

Each chapter is dated and with that brings a different person's view, I'm usually a fan of books set out like this but I don't think it really added anything.

I didn't really get the relationship between Tim, Kerry and Dan and why they were so devoted to him, it was all a bit odd. Oh...and the letters to Francine which are interspersed are actually really cruel which doesn't help you like the Kerry and Dan any more (although some were quite amusing but I don't think I was supposed to be smirking as I was reading them).

Unfortunately I really struggled with this book, I don't like giving up on books so persevered but it was hard work. I didn't engage with any of the characters and found them to be totally unbelievable; so didn't really care enough to be interested in what happened to them and towards the end I really didn't care if Tim had killed his wife or not. In fact, I hoped he had to give the book more of a twist.

This book is billed as a psychological thriller but I didn't feel that at all, it actually feels quite ploddish.

I believe this novel is part of a series of books and therefore is probably better aimed at fans of this series rather than as a standalone. I really dislike giving a negative review but this really left me feeling cold and I'm afraid this book doesn't inspire to read any more of Sophie Hannah's books. Sorry!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By EmmaS
I started my Sophie Hannah exploration with Point of Rescue (and loved it!) which inspired me to move on to the others (room swept white and little face). I gave it a bit of a rest after Little Face (which I didn't enjoy as much as the other two) but chose The Carrier before a recent holiday and thought I'd give it a go.

I started it twice and put it back down before sticking with it to the bitter end. My husband and I like to chat about how we're getting on with our current reads and I said The Carrier was giving me a bit of a headache (literally). I explained the storyline (which is basically about an annoying bloke called Tim with a dead wife) and that the theme was mainly 'Tim did it, no he didn't, yes Tim did it, did he, it was Tim, I don't think Tim did it, did he, he did, Tim did it, but it wasn't Tim, but Tim did it, did he, oh no he didn't, oh yes he did ...' and so on and so forth. That coupled with the Ministry-of-Silly-Names-Murder-Squad that Sophie favours was all a bit much for my brain to cope with.

I don't think the characters come across as the author intended either because I ended up feeling sorry for the wife! My word that poor woman had a lucky escape! The three main characters go on and on and on and on about how evil she is but it just left me feeling more and more sorry for her.

Tim and his 'I'll utter no more words than necessary' attitude got on my wick. I didn't find him attractive or appealing (unlike the women in this book who find him irresistible). He had no substance. He was just downright odd.

And, despite being told in the book about the 'significance' of The Carrier - I still have absolutely no idea what all that drivel meant. Nope. None. Nada. I consider myself of average intelligence (!) but that went straight over my head.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Less Successful 27 Sep 2013
By pierre
I'm afraid I was disappointed by this novel. It has all the trademark Sophie Hannah features: a complex/convoluted plot, aggressive middle-class women, bitchy dialogues, dysfunctional coppers, multiple narrative perspectives... But a certain sparkle is lacking. It doesn't really work. The plot doesn't gel or convince. It has a stale, tired, going-through-the-motions quality. It reminds me of Alexander McCall Smith's more recent works -- lifeless, written to a formula, as if to satisfy a publisher's deadlines. With both authors I think that quality is starting to suffer at the hands of quantity. Let's hope that working on Poirot will reinvigorate Ms. Hannah.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Most disappointing 1 Mar 2013
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Have just finished The Carrier and am so relieved to have made it through to the end of what was for me, an overly complex, frustrating and tedious read. I haven't particularly enjoyed the author's last few books and after wading my way through this long and boring one, I don't think I will be looking to read any more Sophie Hannah books. Loved SH's earlier works, they were full of suspense and tension resulting in very absorbing, gripping read - sadly I can't say the same for the more recent novels, they are most disappointing and just not up to par.
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
By Mrs. Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Reading Sophie Hannah used to be a pleasure. Little Face, The Fantastic Book of Everybody's Secrets, they were great. Maddeningly, a lot of trading on the past is now going on. I could call this review a plea for the return of a lost art, that of editing.

Sophie Hannah is also a poet. Much of The Carrier pays tribute to her love of verse with references to both modern and classical poetry. So why then can't she pare down her own prose to something more meaningful and easy? She is actually rude to her readers. Ploughing through The Carrier was exhausting. It gave me a headache, I felt as if I were tied to a chair while the author threw random things at me. I was never allowed to get remotely comfortable. If I weren't reviewing this for vine I would never have got past the first quarter.

Tantalisingly there is a sharp needle of a good idea hiding in the haystack. A killer who shouldn't have, couldn't have, really done it even if he says he did. An ex lover who wants to tear down the edifice of lies and release him from his obligation. There are two truly marvellous male monsters created, each so dreadful I felt I could kill them both myself. Sean, Gaby's `partner' - who `walks around - or rather, lies around - wrapped in a thick cloak of No-Concern-Of-Mine'. He is horrible. And Jason Cookson. A pantomime bully, one you would never want to meet.

Racketing about in the background are the now compulsory cast of coppers and crew - Charlie Zailer, Simon Waterhouse, Proust `The Snowman', Lizzy, Gibbs, Meakin, Sam...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I didn't guess the outcome of this book and it kept me intrigued about what that would be the whole way through. A good book but I wouldn't say it was outstanding.
Published 20 days ago by Katy Battison
1.0 out of 5 stars as they seem to get worse. After 'Kind of Cruel' I decided that this...
Have read several of Sophie Hannah's books now - although I'm not sure why, as they seem to get worse. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. R. Oxbury
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book.
Published 1 month ago by miss tracey wright
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and insipid
Ugh. I'd say that I hated this book except that it's hard to summon up any kind of emotion about something so dull. Read more
Published 1 month ago by @JanEllis_writer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Helen Patrick
1.0 out of 5 stars ... read most of Sophie Hannah's books already and having enjoyed...
Having read most of Sophie Hannah's books already and having enjoyed them, I felt very confident I was going to enjoy The Carrier. Sadly I was mistaken. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Abbie144
5.0 out of 5 stars Open ended
An interesting psychological thriller. She draws some complex characters which give us several puzzles. It kept my attention. Most original was what I would call an open ending. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. J. Weeks
4.0 out of 5 stars A good holiday read
If you like Sophie Hannah's thrillers you won't be least not until the end. The first half of the book is gripping although I found the latter part of the book to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amanda carr
1.0 out of 5 stars review of the carrier
I have read all of the books in the Culver Valley series and prior to this one, I have enjoyed them. Sadly I cannot say the same about The Carrier. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jo Fletcher
3.0 out of 5 stars The Carrier
I found it slow to get into - it was confusing at times, but the author kept up the suspense till the end
Published 3 months ago by Ann Mansell
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