Lasting Damage (Culver Valley Crime) Paperback – 18 Aug 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)
'[An] assured psychological thriller of murderous domestic deceit.' (Financial Times)
'Hannah has a canny knack of insinuating threat into apparently benign domesticity and she does a nice line in offbeat characters' (Daily Mail)
'We're huge fans of Sophie Hannah's psychological thrillers . . . [LASTING DAMAGE is] one of her very best. Whether crime thrillers are your usual cup of tea or not, expect a beautifully written and entirely gripping tale from beginning to end.' (Heat)
'An edge-of-your-seat psychological crime thriller . . . The twists just keep coming. You will be kept on your toes from start to finish.' (Essentials)
'Hannah creates a complex plot that grafts lurid motifs of insanity on to a solid police-procedural template. Her main strength, however, is her characterisation' (Irish Times)
Praise for Sophie Hannah (:)
Hannah takes domestic scenarios, adds disquieting touches and turns up the suspense until you're checking under the bed for murders (Independent)
It's a given that nothing will be as it seems in the latest psychological thriller from Sophie Hannah, who marries complex plots with crisp, conversational prose (Marie Claire)
As Hannah sees it things are rarely clear cut and it is this moral ambivalence that makes her fiction so provocative (Daily Express)
Hannah's latest psychological thriller combines quirky police procedural with shrewdly observed domestic deceit. Told with confidence and panache, Hannah challenges the reader to work out who the paranoiac of the piece really is. (Independent)
The sixth psychological suspense novel yet from bestselling crime writer Sophie Hannah - unnervingly good.See all Product Description
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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.
I would still recommend the authors earlier books , the first three were very enjoyable. However I would caution some-one new to this author not to begin with this book.
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.
It starts off well, a promising sign for the rest of the book, I hoped. I didn't know where this story was going to take me, but I sat back and went along for the ride. But the ride was like taking a coach trip from A to B, but the driver getting lost and having to go via C to Z to get there.
As the story goes along, the plot begins to get more bizarre and rather complicated. So many characters enter the story I had to go back once or twice to work out who was who and how they fitted into things.
The ending, when we eventually get there, is all a little disappointing and just a bit too far-fatched for my liking. I know it's fiction, but even so, the way it all ends and the explanations behind the whole story just push the bounds of credulity a little too far.
Having said that, although it is nonsense, it is entertaining nonsense and this together with the fact I liked the author's previous books means this one gets a 3 star rating from me. If you also liked her other books, then give this a go but don't expect the same quality as the earlier books. And if you are new to this author, I wouldn't recommend starting with this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A convoluted and rambling plot that fails to make effective connections between its characters.Published 2 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 7 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 7 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 11 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 11 months ago by Kilkenny_Cat
This is one of my favourite of the Culver Valley Crime series. The main Crime story featuring the fragile Connie who see's a dead body on a property website feels so unique and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jeeds
I have read most of sophie hannahs books and i do find them a bit hit and miss. This one for me was a miss. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bexy Bee