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by Sophie Hannah

Ruth Bussey knows what it means to be in the wrong - and to be wronged. She once did something she regrets, and was punished excessively for it. Now Ruth is trying to rebuild her life and has found a love she doesn't believe she deserves. Aidan Seed is a passionate, intense man who has also been damaged by his past. Desperate to connect with the woman he loves, he confides his secret: he killed a woman called Mary Trelease. Through her shock, Ruth recognises the name. And when she's realised why it's familiar, her fear and revulsion deepen. The Mary Trelease that Ruth knows is very much alive...
Download The Other Half Lives: Culver Valley Crime Book 4 epub
ISBN: 0340933135
ISBN13: 978-0340933138
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Sophie Hannah
Language: English
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (February 5, 2009)
Pages: 560 pages
ePUB size: 1527 kb
FB2 size: 1674 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 671
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Sophie Hannah is quickly becoming my favorite author. I am an American who tends to prefer books set in America. (It's the world I know.) But I look forward to reading everything this Brit writes. Sure, I had to google what a jumper is (a sweater, not a romper). But Sophie is so worth it! A lifelong mystery fan, I sometimes feel like I am reading the same book over and over. It is hard to surprise me anymore. But Ms Hannah does, every time, with her plot twists. Hers are the kind of books I find myself still thinking about days later. Who could ask for more?

This was not my favorite Sophie Hannah book, mostly because I wanted to slap most of the characters. They were so odd and clueless. But through that clueless filter, Ms Hannah was able to keep me guessing until the end, again.
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What does one look for in a British mystery novel? For me, it's a set of quirky and complex characters that stay with you a long time after you finish reading the book, a plot that offers exciting twists and turns on every page, and a dry sense of humor that enriches one's reading experience. Sophie Hannah's new installment in her Zailer/Waterhouse series has all that and more.

Sophie Hannah's books are not always equal in quality. I loved her The Wrong Mother: A Novel, found Little Face to be OK although not really gripping and was disappointed by the Hurting Distance which in places was graphic to the point of being traumatizing. I almost decided not to go back for more books in the Zailer/Waterhouse series as a result of this uneven quality of the author's writing. I'm very happy that I decided to give her mystery novels one more try and bought The Dead Lie Down.

From the very first pages, this book catches you in its grip and doesn't let you go until you are done. The characters are so weird and their relationships are so curiously dysfunctional that I was often reminded of the mysteries by the matchless Ruth Rendell, the true master of the psychological mystery genre from Britain. There is nothing boring, ordinary, or pedestrian in this novel. As an added bonus to the fascinating mystery and the engrossing relationships between characters, you get a glimpse of the art world in Britain, with its art fairs, quaint galleries, and strange personalities that inhabit this universe.
I really had a difficult time setting this book aside! I stayed up much too late to finish it, and what made me feel completely silly for doing so, was that I had actually correctly guessed the plot's mysteries rather early on. So, it was hard to say just what it was that kept me so riveted to the pages. I did like the new characters introduced in this fourth installment of the series and the series regulars, Simon and Charlie, continued to frustrate with me their relationship. As of the moment, there is only one more book in the Spilling CID series, so I do hope that their relationship improves in it!
Sophie Hannah can certainly write, very well, but I can't work out why she chose to depict her lead female detective, Charlie Zailer, as a neurotic who is totally obsessed with her colleague, Simon Waterhouse, who may be socially inept, but ultimately ends up being the stereotypical withholding, unattainable guy. Very annoying. And Charlie's inner dialogues are so very silly, so implausible, so inconsistent with her abilities at work. It's just too irritating to read her neurotic musings over and over again. And these two characters are engaged to be married, but have never made love? Ridiculous. I eventually had to skip whole chunks of text, whenever Charlie and Simon appeared on the page, which of course takes away a lot of the pleasure of reading a procedural, whodunnit detective story. I am upset that I bought all Sophie Hannah's books because I will not be reading the others I got ... unless Charlie and Simon are not in the story.
Sophie Hannah puts you on a spinning top, and you fly around with her detectives until everything slows, and you see how the landscape, although extremely odd, still makes sense.

In addition to the intricate plotting, I very much enjoy the developing relationship between Price and Waterhouse. I'm reading the books in order, and it's one of the oddest, and most interesting love stories I've come across in all my reading.

Have fun!
The story gets SO sidetracked with all the very boring police mini-dramas, not to mention the "lead" police character who is a bitter, mean- spirited woman to whom nobody could relate. But if you can skip through all those pages, the main story has enough twists and turns to keep your interest up until the final page.
Sophie Hannah is the master of a creepy, suspenseful, police-procedural sociopathic criminal genre she may well have invented. I've never read anything quite like her books. I read The Other Mother and then started ordering everything all her other mysteries. Some were available on Kindle, some I had to wait to read until they came by mail so I read them out of order. If I had it to do over, I'd read Little Face first and then go forward, but they're all great reads and ultimately it doesn't matter if you start at the beginning or pick up in the middle. Charlie and Simon are fascinating no matter where you meat them.
Sophie Hannah writes intelligent, quirky thrillers. I became so intrigued with her characters I couldn't put the book down. She has mastered this genre and weaves a compulsive tale. Terrific!