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Lasting Damage (Culver Valley Crime) Hardcover – 17 Feb 2011

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Culver Valley Crime Book 6 edition (17 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340980656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340980651
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.7 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 578,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An assured psychological thriller of murderous domestic deceit. (Financial Times)

A beautifully written and entirely gripping take from beginning to end. (Heat)

As addictively creepy as her previous thrillers (Independent on Sunday)

A writer of prodigious talent ... This is a jaw-droppingly assured book which sometimes feels as if there's a plot twist on every page. (Daily Express)

Sophie Hannah scores on all counts . . . Confidence oozes from every taut chapter (Scotsman)

'If you're new to the Sophie Hannah phenomenon, let us explain: she's the author of five previous psychological crime thrillers, each of which begins with a cunning premise, which grips like a vice for the rest of the novel, with myriad twists you never see coming . . . another superb mystery in which extraordinary things happen to ordinary people.' ***** (Heat)

'We're huge fans of Hannah's psychological thrillers, and this new one is even more tense and gripping than her previous books.' (Heat)

'Sophie Hannah, the queen of psychological suspense, reigns supreme in her latest taut and terrifying chiller-thriller . . . Hannah is one of Britain's most intelligent and thrilling writers. Her modern-day gothic novels are clever, complex and devilishly plotted with outrageous twists and turns that are guaranteed to confound even the smartest of readers. Expect the unexpected right up to the very last page.' (Lancashire Evening Post)

'Sophie Hannah has rapidly made a name for herself as a purveyor of upmarket psychological thrillers. From the first few pages of LASTING DAMAGE, it's easy to see why.' (Mail on Sunday)

'Hannah is a challenging storyteller and anything but predictable . . . I felt quite bereft on reaching the final page.' (Irish Independent)

'A deeply complex story where nothing is quite what it seems at first glance . . . an engrossing story that had me hooked.' (Eurocrime)

'Sophie Hannah takes her readers on a disquieting ramble through her characters' lives in this unusual psychological mystery thriller.' (Choice)

'She is a cunning creator of crime stories packed with head-scratching twists you don't see coming, and Hitchcock would have loved this modern take on Rear Window . . . It will constantly grip and surprise you.' (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

'Two things I really love about Sophie Hannah as a writer - she takes really unglamourous day to day things and expands them into genuinely terrifying thrillers, and she is just a master of plot . . . they are extraordinary, proper miss-a-bus-stop type reads.' (BBC Radio 6 Music)

'A writer of prodigious talent . . . This is a jaw-droppingly assured book which sometimes feels as if there's a plot twist on every page . . . This reader was left speechless with admiration . . . a truly sensational book.' (Daily Express)

'Confidence oozes from every taut chapter . . . intelligence shines, the mystery deepens. Hannah's relish of every delicious twist and tweak is one of the very few things that are clear in this cryptic game of hide and seek.' (Scotsman)

'As addictively creepy as her previous thrillers . . . Taking those 3am horrors and turning them into a story that just won't be scrubbed from your mind is quite a gift, and Hannah has it.' (Independent on Sunday)

'A complex chilling story . . . Intriguing stuff.' (U magazine, Ireland)

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The sixth psychological suspense novel yet from bestselling crime writer Sophie Hannah - unnervingly good.

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Format: Paperback
I have enjoyed most of Sophie Hannah's books before now but really can't see what there is to like about this book. Having read the blurb and various ace reviews, I was beginning to think it was me losing the plot until I read some of the other reviews on here. Like other reviewers, I found the whole thing boring. The basic idea grabbed me and I thought it was an unusual and intriguing plot to start with, but the endless tedious conversations between various characters turned it into a dull book. Not only was the plot hard to keep hold of at various times, but the characters were annoying too. The interplay between Simon and Charlie is unlikely and tedious, and the relationship between Olivia and Gibbs is pointless. The most annoying feature of all, for me though, was the repetitive self-analysing and 'stream of consciousness' type rambling of the characters (especially Connie and Charlie) and voicing of their thoughts on everything. This meant a simple conversation or explanation would drag on for pages while the character analysed their understanding of what they'd just heard/said/seen. And the plot about the houses and no. 11/12 and 17/18 became ridiculous and confusing. By the last chapters of the book, I realised I didn't care what the outcome was as I didn't care about any of the characters. I just wanted it finished.
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This is a page turner!!! Loved it
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I have never before read such an utter pile of rubbish. The plot is so absolutely ridiculous that I cannot believe it got published, never mind some actual good reviews.
As most other people state, the initial idea is quite good and intriguing - who is the woman in the pool of blood? Why is the image not there when Connie's husband views the video? But the author clearly had no idea how to progress the story beyond this initial concept and went so far in the the unbelievable that it ended up as complete tripe.
**SPOILER ALERT**
I am still at a loss as to why this was put up on the website at 1am when Connie couldn't sleep? How on earth could Jackie know that she would be awake at this time, are we to believe that Kit texted her to put it up on the website when he couldn't have any secure idea of when Connie would go downstairs, and Jackie was to be waiting on the other end of the phone to upload a video and take it down again a few minutes later?!! The back and forth between 17/18 Pardner Lane and 11/12 Bentley Grove was nonsensical.
Never again will I pick up a book by this author as it was a complete waste of my time and patience.
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I have only persevered with this because it was my first Kindle book & I wanted to practise finding my way round. I am 94% of the way through & no longer care how this silly story will end. I've only read 1 other title from this series (mothers imprisoned for murdering their babies, when infact they were cot deaths)& it was awful too. However, I chose this on the strenghth of hearing Sophie interviewed on Radio 4 & thought the idea was terrific.
Like others, I couldn't find a character who I really cared about or believed in, there was no chemistry & they all felt phoney. The coppers lacked personality, warmthth or wit & were indistinguishable from one another & the Spanish honeymoon cut short added nothing to the story, there was just too much padding eg the sexual fling between the witnesses at the wedding. The dialogue between Connie's parents & especially Kit's (with Simon) was excrutiating - there was just too much cod psychological mumbo jumbo, if it had been better written it might have been plausible, but I struggled to follow the convoluted tale of keys and a house called 17 Pardoner Lane, 18 Pardoner Lane??? That was Kit's idea of a joke! Just in case we hadn't followed events, Charlie & Simon's conversation in chapter 26 explains all, I don't think a well written thriller should rely on this method to pull things together.
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By JM TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read Sophie Hannah's earliest 2 books but then gave up with her, although I quite enjoyed Little Face I found her second book appalling and in all I was frustrated by the alternating chapters about the police.
However the premise of this latest book really intrigued me so I gave it a try. A woman, Connie, is looking at a virtual tour of a house on an estate agent's website and sees a woman lying in a pool of blood. When she tries to show her husband it is just a pristine room with no trace of the horrors she's just seen.
Again, this book follows the same format, chapters alternate between the lead character and the detectives. Whilst the chapters about Connie were gripping, the chapters about the police were like a rude interruption, particularly in the earlier half. Some of them had no bearing on the story at all, such as Charlie and Simon's dismal honeymoon (what a dreadful pair of characters these two are!),and the relationship between Charlie's sister and another police officer, these threads were tedious and reminded me why I stopped reading this author's books.
From a reader's point of view I would say to Sophie Hannah that she certainly knows how to create some intriguing plots and characters but she should really ditch those awful detectives.
BUT, the actual main plot running through the book is quite interesting and really kept me turning the pages, although the truths at the end were somewhat unlikely, but then it is fiction and would be pretty boring if everything was completely true to life.
Well worth a read in spite of my criticisms, and gets better as it goes along.
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