- Save 10% on selected children’s books, compliments of Amazon Family Promotion exclusive for Prime members .
The Point of Rescue: Culver Valley Crime Book 3 Paperback – 7 Aug 2008
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Special offers and product promotions
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
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 alternate Paperback edition.
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)
Sophie Hannah just gets better and better, with experience adding rocket fuel to her already high-octane yarns . . . Brilliantly cunning and entirely unpredictable (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 (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)
Brilliantly creepy (Red Magazine)
I'm surprised I had any nails left by the end of this addictive thriller (Eve)
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)
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)
Hannah has established herself as a writer of offbeat thrillers that skillfully 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)
Hannah constructs a thriller that twists and turns satisfyingly through a series of ever-more surprising revelations (The Sunday Times)
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)
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
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.
This story had a lot of potential but I think the author spoiled it by trying to be too clever- and failing.
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!
That's the problem with this book - it's well written, it's gripping and it's complex, but it's oh-so-traditonal in some ways. The final section of the book is given over to a car journey where two characters explain the plot to each other - "So what made you so sure..." "And it was then I realised...." and so forth. I was expecting Mark Kermode's Basil Exposition to enter stage left!
Having said all that, I devoured it quite quickly and would definitely explore Hannah's other works.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Mystery
- Books > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Police Procedurals
- Books > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Psychological
- Books > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Series
- Books > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Thrillers
- Books > Fiction > Literary Fiction
- Books > Fiction > Psychological