The Point of Rescue


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

Sally Thorning is watching the news with her husband when she hears a name she never thought she’d hear again: Mark Bretherick.

It’s a name she ought not to recognise. Last year, a work trip Sally had planned was cancelled at the last minute. Desperate for a break from her busy life juggling her job and a young family, Sally didn’t tell her husband that the trip had fallen through. Instead, she treated herself to a secret holiday in a remote hotel. All she wanted was a bit of peace – some time to herself – but it didn’t work out that way. Because Sally met a man – Mark Bretherick.

All the details are the same: where he lives, his job, his wife Geraldine and daughter Lucy. Except that the photograph on the news is of a man Sally has never seen before. And Geraldine and Lucy Bretherick are both dead…

Coming soon to ITV as Case Sensitive

‘Sophie Hannah just gets better and better. Her plots are brilliantly cunning and entirely unpredictable.’ The Guardian

‘Sophie Hannah’s ingenious, almost surreal mysteries are so intricately constructed that it’s impossible to guess how they will end. The Point of Rescue is a compelling and disquieting story, told with the author’s usual panache.’ Daily Telegraph

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