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- Listening Length: 14 hours and 24 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 24 April 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J5OWJRY
The Telling Error: Culver Valley Crime, Book 9 Audio Download – Unabridged
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The book starts off with an advert from a website called 'Intimate Links' where someone is looking for a response from someone with a 'secret'. It swiftly moves on to the bizarre death of infamous journalist Damon Blundy, and we meet our main (extremely unlikeable) character, Nicki Clements. Nicki's carefully constructed life is based on an intricately woven web of lies, stretching back to early childhood. Her ex-best friend, Melissa, is now married to Nicki's brother Lee and we slowly realise that there is more to this triangulated relationship than meets the eye.
Nicki's non-entity of a husband, Adam, doesn't seem to have a clue about the woman he's married to, and although throughout the book, we hear how much she loves her family (husband and two children), we never see or hear evidence of a cosy family life.
Numerous (oh, so numerous!) characters are introduced who would have had motive to kill the vicious Damon Blundy, and the story quickly takes on a 'Whodunit' format. Unsurprisingly, Nicki takes centre stage as the Number One suspect.
Clearly the book did have some element that kept me reading, wanting to know about Nicki's past, and how her private life had inextricably tied itself to Damon Blundy and his ill fate. But sadly, even when the 'punchline' was delivered it wasn't the 'Ohmygosh' lightbulb moment one wants from a (semi-) suspense-filled prelude. My response in the end was more like 'who cares?' than the 'Wow!' that it should have been. Big, big disappointment.
At heart, this is a book with a story told in a complicated way, rather than necessarily being a complex story in its own right. The efforts to withhold past events from us do begin to feel a little contrived and artificial, and the story veers quite a long way from realism in the police investigation – no-one, for example, seems to worry about the fact that the murderer got into the house without breaking in, and that a convoluted killing scenario involving lots of accessories seems to have taken place while the man’s wife was downstairs in the kitchen...
I like Hannah’s slightly twisted world and, especially, the bizarre set-up of Charlie and Simon, but they feel a little under-used here. By the end we’re left with the feeling that no-one has anything but a dysfunctional relationship in the Sophie Hannah universe.
So an entertaining escapist read – but perhaps one that doesn’t bear too much scrutiny in terms of believability.
(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)
About two years ago, I read an interview with Hannah and was drawn to download her first book, Little Face. Immediately, I realised that this was an author I was going to enjoy. After that, I worked through all of the novels in uninterrupted chronological order. In all, the books have a lot to commend them. Hannah has a parallel career as a poet and this is made apparent through some strong descriptive writing. The narratives are never less than compelling and the author had a very clear understand of how to maintain a reader's interest by teasingly drip-feeding information before shifting to another perspective entirely.
Unfortunately, after the series peaked with the masterful The Other Half Lives, Hannah has been churning out more of the same. She's found a formula that works, and she's sticking to it.Read more ›
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Nicki is having an intense cyber-affair, and feeling only the most limited guilt in cheating on her husband. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kate Hopkins
The one thing I regret is not organising sponsorship for getting to the end of this book.Published 6 months ago by Marly
I have read this authors books before which have been fantastic - I just could not get into this story at all - stopped reading the book which is a first for me - sorryPublished 10 months ago by Jp
I have read quite a few of the Culver Valley series and have to say that this is the last one for me. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Grahameducato
Bit of a convoluted story line, not the best book in the series.Published 10 months ago by Amanda Grannes
absolute drivel from beginning to end
won't be reading any more sophie hannah
far too boring