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The Narrow Bed by Sophie Hannah
  

The Narrow Bed

Part of the Culver Valley Crime Series
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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 Jeanette Winterson, Melvin Burgess and Nicci French.

Synopsis

The Narrow Bed by Sophie Hannah

What if having a best friend was the most dangerous thing you could do? A killer that the police are calling 'Billy Dead Mates' is murdering pairs of best friends, one by one. Before they die, each victim is given a small white book...For months, 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, so how - and why - could she possibly be Billy Dead Mates' next target? This is the next chilling novel from the queen of psychological crime - a literary puzzle set to unlock the dark side of the mind ...

Reviews

'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

'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

'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: a place where honesty is not the same as decency, guilt is not the same as wrong and where truthfulness and kindness can be poles apart.' Scotland on Sunday

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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Publication date

6th October 2016

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Sophie Hannah

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Publisher

Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9781444776102

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