- 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)
Lasting Damage (Culver Valley Crime) Hardcover – 17 Feb 2011
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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)
The sixth psychological suspense novel yet from bestselling crime writer Sophie Hannah - unnervingly good.See all Product description
Top Customer 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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great concept but too many irrelevant characters and pages of irrelevant dialogue. Unfortunately by the time you have realised this you have already got 50% through it and then you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I'm so annoyed I wasted my time reading this pile of nonsense. I'm actually angry that I paid money for this book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Adriana
Compelling story. Amusingly sharp social observation, lots of property and a great back drop.
Sometimes confusing and wordy...but brilliant overall.
I found this book really hard work to begin with, so much so that I went back to the beginning to try and understand the story. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jan O
A convoluted and rambling plot that fails to make effective connections between its characters.Published 14 months ago by ray blackley
I enjoyed Culver Valley Crime Series Volumes 2-4 (I avoided the first volume as the subject sounded horribly creepy). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kate Hopkins
Sophie Hannah's Culver Valley series need to be read IN ORDER. Her plots are complex, both the mystery elements and the back story of the poilice and their bizarre relationships. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dillon the Villain
Bizarre! I found it really hard to follow this - maybe because I had no idea about some of the characters. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Alyben
Loved it. Typical Hannah: reels you in and you can't think about anything but what's going on in the book.Published 22 months ago by Kilkenny_Cat