The Carrier (Culver Valley Crime) Hardcover – 14 Feb 2013
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A leading writer of psychological suspense . . . As ever, Hannah excels. Her books are so distinctive that they deserve to be placed in a separate sub-genre of their own. (Spectator)
The genius of Hannah's domestic thrillers - along with the twistiest plots known to woman - is that she creates ordinary people whose psychological quirks make them as monstrous as any serial killer. (Guardian)
A labyrinth of a psychological thriller . . . Hannah is masterly at leading the reader down the wrong path and here she excels once again. (Sunday Express)
Absorbing, intricate . . . THE CARRIER is a vicarage whodunit as well as a psychological thriller. (Sunday Times)
A hugely confident, beautifully written and bold mystery. Another gripping triumph. (Heat)
[Hannah] 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 . . . [THE CARRIER] is the kind of puzzle Agatha Christie might have created. Delicate, with ever-increasing dread, it is a mature work - full of confidence and intrigue. (Daily Mail)
Absorbing, intricate . . . Here the rewarding bonuses are poetry's role in the plot and a playful reworking of the Agatha Christie formula . . . THE CARRIER is a vicarage whodunit as as well as a psychological thriller. (Sunday Times)
Highly original . . . Hannah has once again ripped up the industry-standard 'A to Z of Writing a Whodunnit' and audaciously charted her own course . . . to produce a novel that is a classy, compulsive and chilling literary triumph (Irish Independent)
Such is the author's command of narrative, we find ourselves glued to the page. We remain hooked throughout this compelling novel. (Daily Express)
Our favourite writer of psychological crime thrillers is back with perhaps her most ambitious novel yet . . . Here's 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. Another gripping triumph. (Heat)
Blissfully intricate . . . As usual I tried to guess the solution, failed utterly and decided simply to enjoy the white-knuckle ride; this is a writer who gets right into the heads of her characters. (Saga)
A tale of the power that weakness and passivity can have over strength and action, and how theories of love and duty can lead us astray . . . Intriguing. (Guardian)
Hannah, a whip-smart thriller writer, makes tales that are tricky, teasing and thought-provoking. THE CARRIER is a classic of the type. (RTE Ireland)
Another gripping puzzle of a novel from one of Britain's best crime writers . . . A compulsive read. (Image Magazine)
A whirlwind journey of whodunit . . . There are plenty of good thrillers out there, but then there are the great ones and this is definitely one of them. (RTE Guide)
It is brilliantly constructed, and it had me, screaming, on the edge of my chair. (Reader's Digest)
Contemporary in its intent and setting, the novel is also a pleasingly old-fashioned 'locked room' mystery, with Hannah referencing Agatha Christie a number of times. All told, it's a very satisfying addition to Hannah's canon. (Irish Times)
This complex plot demands and rewards attention, thanks to a fantastic cast and some superior, atmospheric prose . . .Thrilling. (South China Morning Post)
The queen of the ingenious plot twist (Good Housekeeping)
Brilliant (The Bookseller)
Sophie's storylines are always riveting, and this one will not disappoint! (My Weekly)
Another compelling read from Sophie Hannah . . . If you are interested however in what makes people behave as they do and what lengths ordinary people will go to in response to extraordinary events, then you will enjoy this. (Euro Crime)
With ingenuity and deft plotting, this accomplished page-turner moves inexorably towards a shocking conclusion (The Good Book Guide)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
The basis for the novel is simple and there's nothing wrong with simplicity but; if you make something simple you have nowhere to hide and you also have to make it perfect. 'The Carrier' isn't perfect. The plot is reasonable enough but creaks and crumbles under the weight of the awful characters it's being forced to support.
We soon learn that the recently departed Francine was a nasty piece of work, that everyone loves Tim, especially Gaby, and they'd all do 'anything' for him. The problem is that Francine had every right to be nasty, she'd had a stroke, and anyone on the wrong side of her had the option of leaving the room!. More of an option at times than she had. Francine wasn't actually that bad. Would have made a lot more sense if she had murdered the lukewarm Tim.
If you haven't read all of these books in the proper series you really won't get to know the history of the characters and you'll feel as confused as me. There is no attempt at any explanation as to back history or motivation but there's an awful lot of cliche and far reaches. As for the ending; you'll probably guess way before you reach it and even if you don't there are no real surprises.
This is the 8th novel in the Sophie Hanna 'Culver Valley' series and maybe it's a series that has gone on too long.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the first books for a long time I just gave up on. It was painful to read and put me off reading for a while. Give it a miss and read something more enjoyable.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am new to Sophie Hannah and I have to admit I agree with all the negitivity on here. It's frustrating though becuase I actually quite enjoyed some of the opening scenes between... Read morePublished 1 month ago by My Honest
Don't let the opening hilarity of Gaby and Lauren's predicament fool you. This is a mystery, just one with perhaps Hannah's funniest ever character, the quite believably thick... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dillon the Villain
I really enjoyed the early volumes of Sophie Hannah's 'Culver Valley Series', but by Volume 6 was beginning to feel she was rolling them out rather fast, so that they were getting... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kate Hopkins
I've given up.I don't care about Lauren or Gaby or Sean or Tim or Jason or anyone I've met in this book so far. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Found this heavy going though have enjoyed her first six books. I found the letters device somewhat clumsy and far-fetched. Characters not very interesting. Read morePublished 11 months ago by AlexM