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Sophie Hannah has made the domestic crime area her own. She gives us ordinary people and allows horror to creep up on us slowly. We have a feeling of menace right from the start. This one centres on the murder of Damon Blundy, a vitriolic newspaper columnist with lots of enemies. We hear the story from several angles. Nicky, mother of two, has a secret past. She also has a cyber-sexual relationship and the police think she has a connection to Blundy’s murder. Full of red herrings and conflict, interesting but never really likeable multi-characters and with emails, text messages, newspaper pieces and the like spotted within its text, it’s an absorbing read.

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The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah

Stuck in a traffic jam, Nicki Clements sees a face she hoped never to see again. It's definitely him, the same police officer, stopping each car on Elmhirst Road. Keen to avoid him, Nicki does a U-turn and makes a panicky escape. Or so she thinks. The next day, Nicki is pulled in for questioning in connection with the murder of Damon Blundy, controversial newspaper columnist and resident of Elmhirst Road. Nicki can't answer any of the questions detectives fire at her. She has no idea why the killer used a knife in such a peculiar way, or why 'HE IS NO LESS DEAD' was painted on Blundy's study wall. And she can't explain why she avoided Elmhirst Road that day without revealing the secret that could ruin her life. Because although Nicki is not guilty of murder, she is far from innocent ...


'Given her background as a poet, it's hardly surprising that the language in Sophie Hannah's novels is so precise and elegantly phrased. More noteworthy, perhaps, is her sure grasp of psychology - particularly that of her beleaguered heroines, often thrown into chaos by the effects of crime or a catastrophic misjudgment on their own part ... Hannah's signature character, detective Simon Waterhouse, is on hand to cut the Gordian knot, but the police procedural aspects are less interesting here in comparison to Hannah's adroit manipulation of her carefully delineated cast.' Financial Times

'Like a puppeteer, she navigates her complicated and multi-dimensional characters through a plot that twists and turns like the sneakiest of snakes ... Each of Hannah's characters is incredibly psychologically developed, full of light and shade: a challenge to understand. If you want a tale to keep you on your toes, give your brain a jolt, and cause a series of heart attacks, THE TELLING ERROR is for you. Hannah proves once again that she deserves the accolade of Queen of Crime.' Stylist

'Sophie Hannah keeps coming up with superb new psychological thrillers, and this one has perhaps her best twist and solutions yet' ***** Heat

'The pitfalls of the internet and social media are never far from the surface of this intricately plotted and complex psychological thriller' Choice

'Sophie Hannah's Culver Valley Crime series has now been running for nearly a decade, and there is no discernable dip in her ability to take what's in the pop culture ether and turn it into a truly chilling domestic crime ... She is an exceptional storyteller - this is exactly the sort of crime read can lead to missed tube stops and sleepless nights.' Elle

'It is part crime fiction and part exploration of modern relationships with their uneasy mix of truth, falsehoods, fidelity and cheating, mental and physical. More the latter than former if truth be told, which it rarely is, in Hannah's fiction. There is an admirable, complicated cleverness about her stories which challenge readers without ever chilling them with a scary sense of the dangers abroad in the world. Think Agatha Christie at her best but updated to a time of Twitter and online dating in both its glory and ignominy.' Independent on Sunday

'This crime novel will keep you reading. Hannah tells her story with a good deal of verve and evident enjoyment. You may not believe a word of it, but you are likely to read on because Hannah has the ability to tell a story with conviction.' Scotsman

'Cleverly crafted to fill the reader with paranoia, this is a psychological thriller carried out to absolute perfection - Hannah does creepy like no one else' Essentials

'The rising star of crime fiction' The Times

'Let no one deny the Manchester-born Hannah, who is also a poet, has become one of the finest crime writers of our generation. Her talent for byzantine plots and characters you feel affection for - especially in her fictional Culver Valley force - is now firmly established' Daily Mail

'Hannah takes us to a dark world of grotesque murders, psychological abuse, furtive cyber-sex adventures and pathological liars where, as usual, nothing is as it appears to be' Woman's Way

About the Author

Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is a best-selling, award-winning poet. Her latest collection, First of the Last Chances, was chosen for the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation promotion in June 2004. She regularly performs her poetry to live audiences nationwide and abroad, and recently won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her psychological suspense story The Octopus Nest. Sophie lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and two children.

Click here to read an interview with Sophie Hannah about her new Poirot novel The Monogram Murders.

Click here to read an interview with Sophie Hannah about the story behind her novels A Game for all the Family and The Narrow Bed.

Author Photo © Philippa Gedge

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8th April 2014


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Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


356 pages


Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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