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More enjoyably twisted and dysfunctional relationships in Hannah’s world,
This review is from: The Telling Error: Culver Valley Crime Book 9 (Kindle Edition)
Sophie Hannah at her best is edgy, tricksy and utterly compelling; but some of her later books have fallen a bit flat. This isn’t as good as Hurting Distance or The Other Half Lives, but is much better than The Carrier or A Room Swept White. The set-up revolves around a woman with secrets, and an outspoken journalist who is killed in a weird way; and the story involves issues of identity, public and private personas, and online lives.
At heart, this is a book with a story told in a complicated way, rather than necessarily being a complex story in its own right. The efforts to withhold past events from us do begin to feel a little contrived and artificial, and the story veers quite a long way from realism in the police investigation – no-one, for example, seems to worry about the fact that the murderer got into the house without breaking in, and that a convoluted killing scenario involving lots of accessories seems to have taken place while the man’s wife was downstairs in the kitchen...
I like Hannah’s slightly twisted world and, especially, the bizarre set-up of Charlie and Simon, but they feel a little under-used here. By the end we’re left with the feeling that no-one has anything but a dysfunctional relationship in the Sophie Hannah universe.
So an entertaining escapist read – but perhaps one that doesn’t bear too much scrutiny in terms of believability.
(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)