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The Narrow Bed by Sophie Hannah
  

The Narrow Bed

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I honestly gurgled with delight when I discovered I was to review ‘The Narrow Bed’, then hung a ‘do not disturb’ sign on my door for the duration of the read. ‘Billy Dead Mates’ is at the centre of a disorientating and perplexing puzzle, why oh why are pairs of friends being murdered? My brain got the serious workout I was expecting and then some. This isn't just a crime novel as contained within the pages are a memoir, letters, stories within the story, and another mystery as well as the murder investigation. This is the 10th Culver Valley Crime novel yet you don't have to have prior knowledge to start here, if this is your first foray. Once you've finished, it’s likely that you'll find yourself grabbing the other nine as quickly as you can. Sophie Hannah writes with a twisty, marvellously devious pen, every word matters, every thought counts. I don't know how she does it, but I’m so very glad that she does! ~ Liz Robinson

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.

If you like Sophie Hannah you might also like to read books by Melvin Burgess, Helen Dunmore and Jeanette Winterson.

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Synopsis

The Narrow Bed by Sophie Hannah

For months, Spilling's detectives have failed to catch Billy, or work out what the white books mean. And then a woman, scared by what she's seen on the news, comes forward. Stand-up comedian Kim Tribbeck has one of Billy's peculiar little books. A stranger gave it to her at a gig she did a year ago. Was he Billy, and does he want to kill her? Kim has no friends and trusts no one. How - and why - could she possibly be Billy Dead Mate's next target?

Reviews

Imaginative, quirky, inventive and bleakly funny . . . The Narrow Bed confirms Hannah's place as the mistress of postmodern crime fiction. * Independent * Hannah's mastery of plot and character are simply peerless. * Heat * As an ever-growing legion of crime writers fights for the attention of readers, it's comforting to settle down in the company of someone utterly reliable. Sophie Hannah rarely puts a foot wrong in her complex psychological thrillers, and this latest book bristles with the acutely observed characterisation that is the hallmark of her work. * Financial Times * Hugely entertaining, full of uncomfortable truths * London Evening Standard * A madly enjoyable novel that takes great pleasure in deconstructing as many narrative tropes as possible. * Metro * Sophie Hannah is genuinely Christie's heir. Her crime novels have a deep vein of surrealism; not just in the ingenious plotting but in the seething menace lying behind the everyday. The Narrow Bed . . . is exquisitely horrible. As with previous books, much of the enjoyment here is in the psychological acuity. Although she is praised for the twistiness of her plots, Hannah's real gift is in revealing the contorted and convoluted nature of the human heart. * Scotsman * The solution to the crimes is one of her most ingenious and also adroitly contributes to a current debate; though to say which would be to spoil the fine Agatha Christie-style denouement. * Sunday Times * THE NARROW BED introduces us to Sophie Hannah's possibly most entertaining character yet . . . the central plot is eventually explained with Hannah's powers of outrageous cunning at full blast. * Sunday Express *


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.

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Publication date

11th February 2016

Author

Sophie Hannah

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Publisher

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

Format

Hardback
416 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781444776089

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