Hurting Distance


Sophie’s second psychological thriller to feature Simon Waterhouse and Charlie Zailer

Three years ago, something terrible happened to Naomi Jenkins – so terrible that she never told anybody.

Now, Naomi has another secret: the man she has fallen passionately in love with, unhappily married Robert Haworth. When Robert vanishes without warning or explanation, Naomi knows he must have come to harm. But the police are less convinced, particularly when Robert’s wife insists he is not missing.

In desperation, Naomi has an idea. If she can’t persuade the police that Robert is in danger, perhaps she can convince them that he is a danger to others. Then they will have to look for him – urgently. Naomi knows how to describe in detail the actions of a psychopath. All she needs to do is dig up her own traumatic past…

‘A superbly creepy, twisty thriller about obsessive love, psychological torture, and the darkest chambers of the human heart’ The Times

‘Hurting Distance confirms Sophie Hannah as a rivetingly original arrival in crime fiction.’ Sunday Times

‘Her plots are brilliant’ Guardian

‘In the world of psychological thrillers, it is rare to come across a novel that conforms absolutely to the rules of the genre at the same time as being genuinely original, satisfyingly unpredictable and totally enthralling. This is what Sophie Hannah has achieved with Hurting Distance, and she’s done it with considerable style. The twisting tale of obsessive love – and its twin, obsessive hatred – hums with tension as the appalling depth of deliberate and planned betrayal becomes apparent. This is psychological suspense at its very best.’ Yorkshire Post

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