The Carrier

The Carrier

Paperback Culver Valley Crime

By (author) Sophie Hannah

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  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 30mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0340980745
  • ISBN 13: 9780340980743
  • Sales rank: 35,084

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WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2013 An overnight plane delay is bad. Having to share your hotel room with a stranger is worse. But that is only the beginning of Gaby Struther's problems. Gaby has never met Lauren Cookson. So how does Lauren know so much about her? How does she know that the love of Gaby's life has been accused of murder? Why is she telling her that he is innocent? And why is she so terrified of Gaby?

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Sophie Hannah is a bestselling crime fiction writer and poet. Her psychological thrillers Little Face, Hurting Distance, The Point of Rescue, The Other Half Lives, A Room Swept White, Lasting Damage and Kind of Cruel have received critical acclaim and have been translated into more than twenty languages. Sophie's books have been listed for multiple industry awards. Little Face was longlisted for the 2007 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and the IMPAC Award, Hurting Distance was longlisted for the 2008 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, and The Other Half Lives was shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award and a Barry Award. The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives have been adapted for television as Case Sensitive, starring Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd. Sophie's fifth collection of poetry, Pessimism for Beginners, was the Poetry Book Society's Winter Choice in 2007 and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Award, and in 2004 she won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her psychological suspense story The Octopus Nest. Sophie's poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK. From 1997 to 1999 she was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge, and between 1999 and 2001 she was a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. She is currently a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children. Visit Sophie's website, www.sophiehannah.com, and follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/sophiehannahCB1

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A leading writer of psychological suspense ... As ever, Hannah excels. Her books are so distinctive that they deserve to be placed in a separate sub-genre of their own. Spectator [Hannah] confirms in this, her eighth novel, her fluent writing skills, taste for complicated layers and deft hand with character, not to mention a knack for producing compelling openings ... [THE CARRIER] is the kind of puzzle Agatha Christie might have created. Delicate, with ever-increasing dread, it is a mature work - full of confidence and intrigue. Daily Mail Absorbing, intricate ... Here the rewarding bonuses are poetry's role in the plot and a playful reworking of the Agatha Christie formula ... THE CARRIER is a vicarage whodunit as as well as a psychological thriller. Sunday Times A labyrinth of a psychological thriller ... Hannah is masterly at leading the reader down the wrong path and here she excels once again. Sunday Express Highly original ... Hannah has once again ripped up the industry-standard 'A to Z of Writing a Whodunnit' and audaciously charted her own course ... to produce a novel that is a classy, compulsive and chilling literary triumph Irish Independent Such is the author's command of narrative, we find ourselves glued to the page. We remain hooked throughout this compelling novel. Daily Express Our favourite writer of psychological crime thrillers is back with perhaps her most ambitious novel yet ... Here's another massively intriguing premise from Hannah, with plot threads that spin out in all kinds of unusual and surprising directions ... A hugely confident, beautifully written and bold mystery. Another gripping triumph. Heat Blissfully intricate ... As usual I tried to guess the solution, failed utterly and decided simply to enjoy the white-knuckle ride; this is a writer who gets right into the heads of her characters. Saga A tale of the power that weakness and passivity can have over strength and action, and how theories of love and duty can lead us astray ... Intriguing. Guardian Hannah, a whip-smart thriller writer, makes tales that are tricky, teasing and thought-provoking. THE CARRIER is a classic of the type. RTE Ireland Another gripping puzzle of a novel from one of Britain's best crime writers ... A compulsive read. Image Magazine A whirlwind journey of whodunit ... There are plenty of good thrillers out there, but then there are the great ones and this is definitely one of them. RTE Guide It is brilliantly constructed, and it had me, screaming, on the edge of my chair. Reader's Digest Contemporary in its intent and setting, the novel is also a pleasingly old-fashioned 'locked room' mystery, with Hannah referencing Agatha Christie a number of times. All told, it's a very satisfying addition to Hannah's canon. Irish Times This complex plot demands and rewards attention, thanks to a fantastic cast and some superior, atmospheric prose ...Thrilling. South China Morning Post The queen of the ingenious plot twist Good Housekeeping Brilliant The Bookseller Sophie's storylines are always riveting, and this one will not disappoint! My Weekly The genius of Hannah's domestic thrillers - along with the twistiest plots known to woman - is that she creates ordinary people whose psychological quirks make them as monstrous as any serial killer. Guardian Another compelling read from Sophie Hannah ... If you are interested however in what makes people behave as they do and what lengths ordinary people will go to in response to extraordinary events, then you will enjoy this. Euro Crime With ingenuity and deft plotting, this accomplished page-turner moves inexorably towards a shocking conclusion The Good Book Guide