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4.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Fantastic Collection, 30 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Fantastic Book of Everybody's Secrets (Paperback)
Sophie Hannah predominantly writes new crime thrillers and poetry which I haven't read yet (did you know that her mother is the author Adele Geras?) yet you could see both of these reflected in this collection of dark twisted tales. Her prose has a rhythm and natural flow and she manages to say a lot in a paragraph, also the plotting of these short stories I thought was excellent none of them seemed too long or too short they were just right.

`The Octopus Nest' is a very dark tale that won Hannah several awards and you can see why, the twist isn't until the very last paragraph and is genuinely creepy. Other tales feature obsession, jealousy, envy and madness. I don't want to give too much away so I shan't waffle on much more. This is an incredibly accomplished and entertaining collection of stories and made me run out and get her crime novels, one of which I must read soon. It was also the perfect book for escapism, I completely forgot I was in the plane, and have enjoyed reading it a home since I have come back. I might yet be converted to short stories, I will have to try some other collections at some point, if anyone has any recommendations please let me know.
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Initial post: 6 Mar 2013 23:22:39 GMT
Katie says:
Hi, I was going to recommend Roald Dahl for short stories, but then idly clicked on your other reviews and realised that you're far better read than me and have no doubt already read them - and I see you've reviewed other short story collections. So if it's not too patronising - try Roald Dahl!
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