A Room Swept White

A Room Swept White

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Critically acclaimed queen of psychological crime Sophie Hannah's fifth suspense novel - a must-read for those who love Tana French. 'Beautifully written' Daily Express 'Terrifying' Heat Murder begins at home...TV producer Fliss Benson receives an anonymous card at work. The card has sixteen numbers on it, arranged in four rows of four - numbers that mean nothing to her. On the same day, Fliss finds out she's going to be working on a documentary about miscarriages of justice involving cot-death mothers wrongly accused of murder. The documentary will focus on three women: Helen Yardley, Sarah Jaggard and Rachel Hines. All three women are now free, and the doctor who did her best to send them to prison for life, child protection zealot Dr Judith Duffy, is under investigation for misconduct. For reasons she has shared with nobody, this is the last project Fliss wants to be working on. And then Helen Yardley is found dead at her home, and in her pocket is a card with sixteen numbers on it, arranged in four rows of four ...

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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 128 x 190 x 38mm | 299.37g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0340980648
  • 9780340980644
  • 67,549

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When it comes to ingenious plots that twist and turn like a fairground rollercoaster few writers can match Sophie Hannah. Daily Express This book's triumph is that it is not just a perfectly executed psychological thriller, but a pertinent meditation on society itself. Guardian A remarkable novel, and an adventure to read ... a first-class whodunnit that will keep you reading long into the night. Scotsman Hannah is a master of intense psychological thrillers. Heat 'Enthrallingly complex ... A multi-stranded narrative that grips' The Sunday Times 'Intriguing, unnerving and engrossing ... the most adept of psychological thrillers, in which - as with Hannah's other novels - the psychosis lying just below the surface of the human personality is exposed ... A remarkable novel, and an adventure to read ... Undoubtedly a first-class whodunit that will keep you reading long into the night.' Scotsman 'Sophie Hannah has quickly established herself as a doyenne of the 'home horror' school of psychological tension, taking domestic situations and wringing from them dark, gothic thrills ... Combining probability theory, poetry and murder, this is a densely plotted suspenser with a coded puzzle that would grace a Golden Age mystery.' Financial Times 'A perplexing thriller with intrigue and infanticide ... It's a given that nothing will be as it seems in the latest psychological thriller from Sophie Hannah, who marries complex plots with crisp, conversational prose' Marie Claire 'As Hannah sees it things are rarely clear cut and it is this moral ambivalence that makes her fiction so provocative' Daily Express 'Hannah takes domestic scenarios, adds disquieting touches and turns up the suspense until you're checking under the bed for murders ... it's this real-life research that helps make it so convincing - and so unsettling' Independent 'Hannah is a master of intense psychological thrillers ... Full of twists and turns, and terrifying, too' **** Heat 'When it comes to ingenious plots that twist and turn like a fairground rollercoaster few writers can match Sophie Hannah. Hannah's complex and beautifully written tale kept me guessing right till the very last page.' Daily Express 'A convincing narrative of miscarried justice and individual trauma ... Hannah produces an enthrallingly complex plot whose serious themes are never undercut by her knack for comedy' The Times

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About Sophie Hannah

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, Kind of Cruel, The Carrier and The Telling Error have received critical acclaim and have been translated into more than twenty languages. Sophie is also the author of The Monogram Murders, the first Hercule Poirot mystery to be written and published since Agatha Christie's death and approved by her estate. The Carrier won the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Novel of the Year 2013 and Sophie's books have been listed for multiple other 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, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/sophiehannahCB1, and find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sophiehannahauthor.

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