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Did You See Melody? Hardcover – 24 Aug 2017
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Outstandingly brilliant (Clare Mackintosh)
This clever, captivating and consistently funny whodunit could well be Hannah's best contemporary novel to date (Sunday Times)
A top-notch page-turner full of intrigue and unforgettable characters - Sophie Hannah at her absolute best. (Liz Nugent)
Gripping - and wryly funny - page-turner. (Good Housekeeping)
With more twists, twirls and turns than a Quidditch match, DID YOU SEE MELODY? will keep you guessing - and turning pages - right till its explosive end. (Heat)
Sophie Hannah adds a wickedly satiric edge to the 'is she/isn't she' scenario, ridiculing the court of American public opinion while providing a tense and twisty mystery. (Evening Standard)
Did You See Melody? is Sophie Hannah at her very best. Twisty as a corkscrew and totally entertaining, it is the definition of a page turner - I read it in one day. Put everything on hold and pick up this book now. Brilliant (Jenny Blackhurst)
This chilling offering is yet another page turner from the queen of psychological thrillers. (Closer)
A fast paced, exhilarating read with a fantastic central plot that keeps you guessing right till the end. (Kate Hamer)
Brilliant writing, great story - what more could you want? (B.A. Paris)
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The story was interesting enough, something a bit different and caught me out a few times, it just seemed to drag a bit around mid-way. I found Cara to be a pretty unsympathetic character who seemed to be angry a great deal over nothing. I much preferred Tarin. Much more my type of person. Black or white, no grey areas with her and I'm the same. There were some funny remarks throughout, a lot were down to her as well.
There were missing speechmarks more than once, though I do have to commend her on using the correct spellings depending on who was doing the narrating at that time. So the American characters got American spellings and the English the PROPER spellings !! The tiny font used every time we went back in time was hard to read. Italics would've been better, just in the same size as the rest of the book. Probably bizarrely got spelt as provably and borne as born but that was it for spelling mistakes.
However, she used to write much better books than the last ones I've read by her.
Cara Burrows takes herself off on a holiday without telling her family to mull over some problems. Tired and miserable when she gets there she rushes into her room only to find it occupied by a man and a teenager. The next day, after overhearing another conversation she realises the teenager might have been Melody Chapa whose parents are in jail for her murder.
I am new to Ms Hannah's writing so I had no idea what to expect and found the first 25% slow going. After that it really picked up and I found it compulsive reading until the end where a couple of really good twists really blew me away and made it a 5 star read for me.
The crime element in the novel is good but I get the impression that Ms Hannah's main preoccupations in the novel are press sensationalism and its ability to manipulate public opinion and the interpretation of "truth". As these are topics which interest me I found the novel fascinating. Cara arrived in America never having heard of Melody Chappa so when her interest is aroused she takes to the Internet, especially the show Justice with Bonnie, where ex prosecutor Bonnie Juno almost singlehandedly got Melody's parents convicted. Much of this is reprinted verbatim in the novel. As I said it is fascinating how Bonnie twists the facts to suit her agenda and bullies her interviewees into agreeing with her. It is a recognisable technique taken to extremes and is incredibly well done.
I liked the characterisation as well. Cara is well drawn and believable. Her problems might be a bit first world but are real to her and something most of us can identify with. Tarin and Zellie Fry, the American mother and daughter she meets are a hoot. Tarin is an overconfident florist from Kansas with an opinion on everything, often what most of us would like to say but don't and Zellie is her sarcastic apologist. They steal the show although Cara has her moments. I didn't expect the novel to be funny but it is and it's done naturally and well.
I thoroughly enjoyed Did You See Melody and have no hesitation in recommending it as an excellent read.
I hadn't read any other books by Sophie Hannah before, except for the 'new' Hercule Poirot books, which i felt should have been left alone! However I decided to give her other novels a try and on seeing this new one brought a copy. I'm glad i did . I enjoyed it.
It's hard to write a review of this one without giving too much away, but its about a women called Cara, married with kids, who for personal reasons books herself into a posh spa resort in Arizona, for 2 weeks without telling her family first.
On arrival tired and wondering if this really was a good idea after all, is accidentally sent to the wrong room.
The room is already occupied and later on Cara realises that the girl see saw in the room is actually someone called Melody who apparently had been murdered some time ago.
The book takes quite an unpredictable turn which lands Cara in deep trouble.
I enjoyed the characters and the descriptive use of writing to set the scene and location.
I felt the reason for her sudden holiday a little unbelievable but apart from that an enjoyable read.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review