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The Orphan Choir (Hammer) by [Hannah, Sophie]
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"Her plots are brilliantly cunning and entirely unpredictable." --"Guardian"

"Tension, thy name is Sophie Hannah." --"Independent"

"Horrifically good. "The Orphan Choir" is a very modern ghost story. The best thing, though? It has proper old-fashioned ghosts in it. There's nothing like ghostly children to give you the collywobbles."--"The""Independent "(London)

"This bestselling thriller writer knows how to pile on the tension, and her ending is chillingly, memorably disturbing."--"The Sunday Times" (London)

Praise for Sophie Hannah
"Gripping...It's like watching a nightmare come alive."--Tana French on "The Truth Teller's Lie

""Sophie Hannah is a prodigous talent. I can't wait to see what she does next."--Laura Lippman

"This stand-alone novel, a break from Hannah's series of psychological police procedurals featuring Charlie Zailer and Simon Waterhouse, is a riveting story in which suspense snowballs to a climax that is all the more dire for its everyday contemporary English setting. Absolutely haunting, in every sense of the word."--"Booklist

""Chilling. A must read."--"Daily Express" (London)

"Horrifically good."--"The""Independent "(London)

"This bestselling thriller writer knows how to pile on the tension, and her ending is chillingly, memorably disturbing."--"The Sunday Times" (London)

"An old-fashioned horror story, given a modern spin by the likeable narrator. It has a creepy cinematic feel and races along to its frightening ending."--"Sunday Mirror" (London)

"A creepy, tension-filled surprise."--"Independent on Sunday

"Praise for Sophie Hannah

"Gripping...It's like watching a nightmare come alive."--Tana French on "The Truth Teller's Lie

""Sophie Hannah is a prodigous talent. I can't wait to see what she does next."--Laura Lippman

"Hannah [writes] persuasively and with style and wit about modern women who buckle under the stress of motherhood."--"The New York Times Book Review "

"Chilling. A must read."--"Daily Express" (London)

"Horrifically good."--"The""Independent "(London)

"This stand-alone novel, a break from Hannah's series of psychological police procedurals featuring Charlie Zailer and Simon Waterhouse, is a riveting story in which suspense snowballs to a climax that is all the more dire for its everyday contemporary English setting. Absolutely haunting, in every sense of the word."--"Booklist

""This bestselling thriller writer knows how to pile on the tension, and her ending is chillingly, memorably disturbing."--"The Sunday Times" (London)

"An old-fashioned horror story, given a modern spin by the likeable narrator. It has a creepy cinematic feel and races along to its frightening ending."--"Sunday Mirror" (London)

"A creepy, tension-filled surprise."--"Independent on Sunday

"Praise for Sophie Hannah

"Sophie Hannah is a prodigous talent. I can't wait to see what she does next."--Laura Lippman

"Hannah [writes] persuasively and with style and wit about modern women who buckle under the stress of motherhood."--"The New York Times Book Review

""Gripping...It's like watching a nightmare come alive."--Tana French on "The Truth Teller's Lie
"

"Expertly paced and brilliantly conceived."--"New York Journal of Books
""You have to hand it to a writer who can make a children's choir spooky...Hannah builds uneasiness with so many odd touches: an out-of-place gesture, an exasperated husband, increasingly aberrant behavior by the main character."--"The News & Observer
""This stand-alone novel, a break from Hannah's series of psychological police procedurals featuring Charlie Zailer and Simon Waterhouse, is a riveting story in which suspense snowballs to a climax that is all the more dire for its everyday contemporary English setting. Absolutely haunting, in every sense of the word."--"Booklist
""Chilling. A must read."--"Daily Express" (London)
"Horrifically good."--"The""Independent "(London)
"This bestselling thriller writer knows how to pile on the tension, and her ending is chillingly, memorably disturbing."--"The Sunday Times" (London)
"An old-fashioned horror story, given a modern spin by the likeable narrator. It has a creepy cinematic feel and races along to its frightening ending."--"Sunday Mirror" (London)
"A creepy, tension-filled surprise."--"Independent on Sunday
"Praise for Sophie Hannah
"Sophie Hannah is a prodigous talent. I can't wait to see what she does next."--Laura Lippman, author of "What the Dead Know
"
"Hannah [writes] persuasively and with style and wit about modern women who buckle under the stress of motherhood."--"The New York Times Book Review
""Gripping...It's like watching a nightmare come alive."--Tana French on "The Truth Teller's Lie"

Expertly paced and brilliantly conceived. "New York Journal of Books"

You have to hand it to a writer who can make a children's choir spooky...Hannah builds uneasiness with so many odd touches: an out-of-place gesture, an exasperated husband, increasingly aberrant behavior by the main character. "The News & Observer"

This stand-alone novel, a break from Hannah's series of psychological police procedurals featuring Charlie Zailer and Simon Waterhouse, is a riveting story in which suspense snowballs to a climax that is all the more dire for its everyday contemporary English setting. Absolutely haunting, in every sense of the word. "Booklist"

Chilling. A must read. "Daily Express (London)"

Horrifically good. "The Independent (London)"

This bestselling thriller writer knows how to pile on the tension, and her ending is chillingly, memorably disturbing. "The Sunday Times (London)"

An old-fashioned horror story, given a modern spin by the likeable narrator. It has a creepy cinematic feel and races along to its frightening ending. "Sunday Mirror (London)"

A creepy, tension-filled surprise. "Independent on Sunday"

Sophie Hannah is a prodigous talent. I can't wait to see what she does next. "Laura Lippman, author of What the Dead Know"

Hannah [writes] persuasively and with style and wit about modern women who buckle under the stress of motherhood. "The New York Times Book Review"

Gripping...It's like watching a nightmare come alive. "Tana French on The Truth Teller's Lie""

Book Description

A terrifying new psychological thriller in the Hammer programme, from Sophie Hannah, the Sunday Times bestselling author of Kind of Cruel.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1241 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (9 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CA88H00
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,003 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
What a strange book. Odd start, unsatisfying middle, questionable ending (but I won't spoil it here).

Are we sure this was meant to be a ghost story? I've had more frights receiving a restaurant bill.

It's a pity because the premise seemed quite good (I've not read Sophie Hannah before, this was actually recommended to me): A woman, missing her young son, finds her life increasingly intolerable because of the neighbour from hell.

She thinks he's playing choir music to antagonise her and escapes to the country, only to find the music follows her.

All very ghostly - except for me, it was anything but.

For starters, the protagonist was so dreary that my immediate sympathies lay with the far more colourful sounding fellow next door. I couldn't reconcile the idea of a mother sending her seven year old son to boarding school in any circumstances (it completely alienates non-Enid Blyton-bred readers, but maybe that's the working class in me) and when she eventually moved out I was ready to ring her neighbour's doorbell and suggest throwing a party to celebrate...

Perhaps I ought to try another Sophie Hannah book as The Orphan Choir didn't do it for me. This was like the aftermath of Chinese meal: I needed more and the taste in my mouth remained - but I simply couldn't face it.
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By Cat on 26 Oct. 2013
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I've loved all Sophie Hannah's books but absolutely hated this. The main character, Lou, was immensely unlikeable, and her drippy husband was just about as bad. It started with promise, then became pretty farcical pretty quickly. A huge disappointment, and in no way spooky, just slightly confusing.
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Format: Hardcover
I was pretty disappointed with this book for a number of reasons. Firstly, there was no scare factor in there for me. As a person who hasn't read any other books by Sophie Hannah, I didn't know what style the book would be written in or how the scare element would be implemented. I liked the colloquial style that the book was written in; first-person,and almost like elegant notation at some points. However, there was no "scary moments" for me. Perhaps this is because I knew what sort of direction the book was going to take.

My main blemish that I had with this book was my growing hatred of the main character, Louise. As you progress throughout the book, you start to see that she suffers more and more from psychological problems and other mental problems. The thing that I found annoying was her changing mind and obvious mis-treatment and unfair reasoning for her decisions. One example is when she suggests a deal to Dr. Freeman about the boarding aspect of the school, and then when she is offered the dead, she thinks that it is stupid and there is no way that she would ever agree to it. This issue bugged me more and more throughout the book, and really made me (almost) despise reading what she thought.

In conclusion, I think that there was a lot of potential in the book, but it was not executed properly. The colloquial style works well, but it only really comes alive in the last 2 or possibly 3 chapters. Also, it just wasn't scary enough!
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Format: Paperback
I don't know that I've ever given a book a one-star rating before - largely because if they're that bad I don't waste my time reading to the end. This book is beyond ridiculous - I only ploughed through it because I was convinced it had to improve - sadly, it didn't. The lead character is one-dimensional, paranoid and extremely irritating - I didn't have a shred of sympathy for her so-called plight. This book isn't terrifying - it isn't clever - but it is a waste of time. I used to like this author but her work has gone downhill in recent years. My advice - just don't bother!
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Format: Hardcover
I was quite disappointed with this book. After reading reviews that said it was very very scary, I had high hopes. Unfortunately I spent most of the book waiting for the scary bits to start. When I'd got through 90% on my kindle and still wasn't scared, I realised it just wasn't going to happen.

A pleasant enough read, but not scary at all. But that's just my opinion. Read for yourself and make your own mind up :)
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Format: Kindle Edition
Such a disappointment. How can a respected, published author churn out such utter drivel? Pointless storylines, basic vocabulary, two dimensional characters, ridiculous 'twists'... I could go on but cannot be bothered to waste any more of my life thinking about this book. I love fiction, I love reading, I loathed this book. Just don't waste your money or your time.
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I was recommended this book by a good friend, we usually have a lot of the same taste when it comes to books, but I am afraid this one was really boring. It didnt get good until 93% of my kindle. It was very predictable. If you want a scare at bedtime, i dont think this would be the book for you.
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I ordered this book before it was released as I had read a book club review in a glossy mag that I buy and was expecting a really good ghost story. Unfortunately I didn't find it scary at all. If you like a good ghost story or even a thriller, I think you will be a bit disappointed.
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