The Point of Rescue (Culver Valley Crime) Paperback – 7 Aug 2008
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Sophie Hannahs debut thriller novel, Little Face, immediately marked her out as a particularly penetrating and insightful practitioner of the psychological crime novel, with a skill for getting into the minds of her beleaguered characters, a skill she continued to polish in its successor, Hurting Distance. Her second book was a particular achievement, given that so many second novels fail to live up to the promise of their predecessors. And here is Sophie Hannah's third novel, The Point of Rescue, and it might be argued that it is her most accomplished book yet.
A woman is watching a report on television of the death of a mother and daughter; apparently both had died at the mother's hand. Also on the screen is the surviving member of the family, a widower described as Mark Bretherick. Watching with her husband, the woman, Sally, has to bite back the words that spring to her lips: this man is not Mark Bretherick! How does she know? Because she had enjoyed a brief sexual affair with the real possessor of that name some time before -- an affair (needless to say) she has not revealed to her husband. Sally is forced to hang on to her secret, and she anonymously informs the police that all is not as it appears to be in this case.
It is Sally's plight that so comprehensively engages the reader here, but readers of the earlier books by Sophie Hannah will be pleased to note the reappearance of her reliable copper Simon Waterhouse, who ensures that the sequences involving the investigation are quite as compelling as the those of a woman desperately trying to keep her indiscretion secret (while doing the right thing).
On the evidence of these three books, Sophie Hannah has a long career as a novelist ahead of her (perhaps to run in tandem with her alternative career as a poet). --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
For those who demand emotional intelligence and literary verve from their thrillers, Sophie Hannah is the writer of choice. THE POINT OF RESCUE, her third, combines a creepily irresistible page-turner with an exploration of motherhood's taboos. (Guardian)
Tension, thy name is Sophie Hannah. In THE POINT OF RESCUE, murder, false identity and infidelity are thet tools Hannah deploys to create a plausible but edge-of-your-seat read. (Independent)
The tension is screwed ever tighter until the final shocking outcome. (Daily Express)
Hannah doesn't allow the tension to slacken for a second in this addictive, brilliantly chilling thriller. (Book of the Month, Marie Claire)
'Once again, Hannah's distinctive mix of first and third-person narratives creates a bewitchingly elaborate plot - the theme of parents' ambivalence towards their children gives it real emotional substance' (The Sunday Times)
Sophie Hannah just gets better and better, with experience adding rocket fuel to her already high-octane yarns . . . Brilliantly cunning and entirely unpredictable. (Guardian)
'The tension is screwed ever tighter until the final shocking outcome' (Barry Forshaw, Daily Express)
'Hannah is an expert in creepy scenarios and plot twists that keep you guessing until the last page. The tension doesn't slacken for a second.' (Grazia)
'For those who demand emotional intelligence and literary verve from their thrillers, Sophie Hannah is the writer of choice. THE POINT OF RESCUE, her third, combines a creepily irresistible page-turner with an exploration of motherhood's taboos.' (Guardian)
'Sophie Hannah's ingenious, almost surreal mysteries are so intricately constructed that it's impossible to guess how they will end . . . A compelling and disquieting story, told with the author's usual panache.' (Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph)
Every so often a writer comes along whose freshness and originality blows the competition out of the water.. .Genuinely gripping, full of the unseen and yet fitting twists and turns that make good quality crime fiction such a pleasure (Yorkshire Post)
'I've just discovered this wonderful writer. Her book captures you from the first line and you carry on reading even if you fear the worst is going to happen. This is as page-turning as it is beautifully written.' (Katie Fforde writing in, Gloss)
'Given the quality of crime fiction around it is no surprise that the genre is now the most popular in Britain. One relatively new writer establishing herself at the top of the tree is Sophie Hannah, whose three novels are characterised by their terrifyingly creepy plots.. . Hannah is excellent at conveying the bewilderment that bubbles up as seemingly related events unfold. This is an original and cleverly-plotted novel with terrific characterisation. It's intricate threads will take you down blind alleys without you ever guessing the outcome.' (Daily Express)
Hannah doesn't allow the tension to slacken for a second in this addictive, brilliantly chilling thriller. (Marie Claire Book of the Month)
'Brilliantly creepy' (Red Magazine)
'[Hannah] left me desperate to know what would happen, and I kept turning those pages, even though reading it at times was a little exhausting.
The Point of Rescue is a huge, complicated, jigsaw-puzzle of a novel. But, as the final piece slotted into place, there was one thing I was sure of: the effort was worthwhile.'
'Hannah has established herself as a writer of offbeat thrillers that skilfully play on contemporary anxieties about motherhood and marriage. . . What keeps one reading is the creepy plausibility the author brings to her portrayal of a mind unhinged by the demands of parenthood.' (The Times)
I'm surprised I had any nails left by the end of this addictive thriller. (Eve)
'Hannah constructs a thriller that twists and turns satisfyingly through a series of ever-more surprising revelations.' (The Sunday Times)
This disturbing tale is a cut above the average crime thriller, with an intelligent and inventive plot that raises questions about identity, guilt and the taboo of unfulfilling motherhood. (Psychologies)
A great read and an involving thriller (She)
'Newest star of psychological suspense genre' (Bookseller)
'Tension, thy name is Sophie Hannah. In The Point of Rescue, murder, false identity and infidelity are the tools Hannah deploys to create a plausible but edge-of-your-seat read.' (Independent)
'Hannah's gift for creating real, three-dimensional characters and placing them in extraordinary situations results in a thriller so entertaining you might consider sharing it with everyone one you know... But I suspect, instead you'll keep it to yourself and read it again and again.' (Daily Record)
'Engrossing thriller' (Guardian (pb review))
For those who demand emotional intelligence and literary verve from their thrillers, Sophie Hannah is the writer of choice. THE POINT OF RESCUE, her third, combines a creepily irresistible page-turner with an exploration of motherhood's taboos. (Justine Jordan, Guardian)
Hannah is an expert in creepy scenarios and plot twists that keep you guessing until the last page. The tension doesn't slacken for a second. (Grazia)
'utterly enthralling ' (leftroom.co.uk (blog))
'an original and entertaining read' (The Bookling (blog))
Hannah has established herself as a writer of offbeat thrillers that skilfully play on contemporary anxieties about motherhood and marriage. What keeps one reading is the creepy plausibility the author brings to her portrayal of a mind unhinged by the demands of parenthood. (Christine Koning The Times )
Hannah constructs a thriller that twists and turns satisfyingly through a series of ever-more surprising revelations. ( The Sunday Times )
'And, as for the resolution...Sophie Hannah's mind must be something of a modern marvel: she plots with such incredible intricacy and foresight that when the ends all tied themselves together so neatly, I gasped with the cleverness of it all. I'd hesitate to describe this book as light reading: take it to the beach by all means, but it's not one you'll be able to enjoy under the influence of a cocktail. It's a book that needs - and luckily deserves - to be read twice. . .
The Point of Rescue is a huge, complicated, jigsaw-puzzle of a novel. But, as the final piece slotted into place, there was one thing I was sure of: the effort was worthwhile'(vulpes libris (online))
'The Point of Rescue is Sophie Hannah's third psychological thriller and simply confirms what was obvious from the previous two - she is a more than talented author. Those who know her work as a poet will not be surprised by her ability to write with sensitivity and a real ear for the rhythms of the language, what becomes apparent in these three books, however, is her equally formidable ability to plot and to create and sustain realistic characters.' (review from librarything.com)
'Tension, thy name is Sophie Hannah. In THE POINT OF RESCUE, murder, false identity and infidelity are thet tools Hannah deploys to create a plausible but edge-of-your-seat read.' (Independent)
'The new, queen-in-waiting of psychological crime.' (Maxim Jakubowki)
'Hannah's terrain is the domestic world, the world of families and the secrets they maintain, and she illuminates with unflinching honesty the pressures and challenges that face working mothers. Her characterisation is first-rate and there is much to be enjoyed in the tetchy interaction of the police team. The sinuous plot contains a jaw-dropping revelation and some neat final twists' (Cath Staincliffe, Tangled Web)
'As with her previous novels, Sophie Hannah brings a fresh approach to the mystery novel. Her novels look like puzzles, where pieces are held by different characters, police investigators and people involved in the mystery. If the truth might seem a bit far fetched, the story is gripping from the start, and the characters are well drawn and believable. An intricate story and a fascinating exploration of the dark side of motherhood' (discussing-books.com)
'Statistics show that more and more women are committing acts of "family annihilation". In THE POINT OF RESCUE Sophie Hannah tackles this distressing subject with sensitivity, while spinning a cracking story.' (Daily Telegraph)
'Statistics show that more and more women are committing acts of "family annihilation". In THE POINT OF RESCUE Sophie Hannah tackles this distressing subject with sensitvity, while spinning a cracking story.' (Daily Telegraph)
'Paced like a ticking time bomb with flawlessly distinct characterization, this is a fiercely fresh and un-putdownable read' (Publishers Weekly (called THE WRONG MOTHER in USA)) See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The problem with this book (as other reviewers have said) is that the plot becomes more and more holey and turns on some enormous coincidences, compounded by glaring omissions from the police. The attempt to tie the whole thing up at the end is rushed and a bit silly.
However, parts of this are very good: the taboo subject of the woman who isn't a natural mother is aired even if not always convincingly. And the actual crime I found creepily chilling.
But to detract, the characterisation feels very wobbly especially with Sally: for someone who supposedly has a PhD and is meant to be a professional career woman who loves her job, she appears very stupid and often a little pathetic.
So a mixed bag: less tense than the good Hannah novels, and with a plot which collapses in on itself. Could have been much better than it is.
The only thing I didn't get was the thing about the history/relationship of the police officers Charlie and Simon and what went on with Charlie last year? Also, I did find all the different police characters a bit confusing and when the plot was finally explained and untangled, I kind of "lost the plot" a few times and had to re-read. You do need to concentrate when you get to this bit!
This story had a lot of potential but I think the author spoiled it by trying to be too clever- and failing.
On the other hand, as with many such books, which will obviously gain a wider readership and massive earnings, I have to ask why the clearly talented author did not spend just a little more time on ironing out the flaws.
The diary entries rapidly became tediously repetitive and almost caricatures of the situation, although you could argue that was intentional. A more serious weakness was the unconvincing love interest between the two police officers, and their odd, inadequately explained and developed psychology. All the other policemen seemed to be caricatures.There was a tendency for key "information giving" conversations to drag on for an implausibly long time given the circumstances e.g one party had to rush off to a meeting, or was driving at high speed on a hunch to save someone's life.
I was also too often aware of the same rather cynical, sarcastic voice coming through too many of the characters. I had no objection to the voice itself, just suspected it was the author's own voice, and felt it needed to be attached to one or two characters, not most of them. I was also unsure about the frequent digressions into amusing but trivial asides at dramatic moments - this with the generally rather shallow and manipulative relationships between key players made me care too little about any of them, and led me to leave the book and move on too lightly.
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