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A VERY, VERY CRUEL READ!,
This review is from: Kind of Cruel (Audio Cassette)
I will not waste time outlining the plot in any great detail except to give an introduction to this novel. Briefly, desperate insomniac, Amber visits hypnotherapist and during session shouts "kind of cruel". Amber is convinced she must have seen this phrase in the notebook of the lady with whom she shared the waiting room but this lady is policewoman Charlie Zailer who is investigating the brutal murder of Katherine Allen and these words were written on a pad in the murdered girl's room. With no other suspects, Amber is immediately arrested. I will not proceed any further with the plot as it descends into farce.
I enjoyed Sophie Hannah's first novel Little Face and have bravely ploughed through her subsequent novels hoping for a return to form only to be disappointed. Hannah seems to think that the more outrageous and bizarre the plot the better the novel when the reverse is usually true. It is impossible to empathise with any of the regular police characters who are all one-dimensional, self-regarding misfits. The plots of Hannah's recent novels are so ridiculously far-fetched and unnecessarily complicated that no reader should waste time or effort on them. The denouéments are never credible and rarely surprising.
Hannah's writing puts me in mind of Bassanio's comment on Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice "his reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff; you seek all day ere you find them and when you have they are not worth the search."
It is such a pity that Sophie Hannah's books have descended into an increasingly bizarre world of convoluted plot twists that are not worth trying to unravel since she is a talented writer as evidenced by her first novel, Little Face.
As it is I feel I could not recommend this book to anyone.
THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE NOVEL AND NOT THE AUDIO CASSETTE AS INCORRECTLY STATED ABOVE.