Lasting Damage

2011

Sophie’s sixth psychological crime novel to feature Simon Waterhouse and Charlie Zailer

It’s 1.15 a.m. Connie Bowskill should be asleep. Instead, she’s logging on to a property website in search of a particular house: 11 Bentley Grove, Cambridge. She knows it’s for sale; she saw the estate agent’s board in the front garden less than six hours ago.

Soon Connie is clicking on the ‘Virtual Tour’ button, keen to see the inside of 11 Bentley Grove and put her mind at rest once and for all. She finds herself looking at a scene from a nightmare: in the living room there’s a woman lying face down in a huge pool of blood. In shock, Connie wakes her husband Kit. But when Kit sits down at the computer to take a look, he sees no dead body, only a pristine beige carpet in a perfectly ordinary room…

‘Sophie Hannah’s excellent psychological thrillers derive much of their appeal from her knack for coming up with the sort of opening situation that instantly puts the reader in the literary equivalent of an armlock…Hannah is very good indeed at giving a modern twist to the familiar woman-in-peril theme.’ Spectator

‘Sophie Hannah scores on all counts. What makes her unusual, though, is her range: writing poetry that sells, combined with a talent for prize-winning stories, and a (so far) unswerving record of turning out psychological thrillers you just can’t put down. To date, five grippingly plotted novels have earned her a fanbase together with critical approbation. Thus far there are no discernible signs that her talent is spreading itself too thinly. Confidence oozes from every taut chapter of [Lasting Damage]. But what makes this book far richer than a standard police procedural is the worming by Hannah into the private lives and relationships of her cops. They are fleshed out with humour and moral intelligence, they exceed all expectation.’ Scotsman

Lasting Damage will be published in the US as The Other Woman’s House, in 2012.

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