The Carrier

The Carrier : Culver Valley Crime Book 8

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WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2013When her plane is delayed overnight, Gaby Struthers finds herself forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: a terrified young woman named Lauren Cookson - but why is she scared of Gaby in particular? Lauren won't explain.Instead, she blurts out something about an innocent man going to prison for a murder he didn't commit, and Gaby soon suspects that Lauren's presence on her flight can't be a coincidence. Because the murder victim is Francine Breary, the wife of the only man Gaby has ever truly loved.Tim Breary has confessed, and even provided the police with evidence. The only thing he hasn't given them is a motive. He claims to have no idea why he murdered his wife . . .
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 42mm | 559.99g
  • Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Trade Paperback.
  • none
  • 0340980737
  • 9780340980736
  • 264,049

About Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is a bestselling crime fiction writer and poet. Her psychological thrillers have received critical acclaim and have been translated into more than twenty languages. 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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With ingenuity and deft plotting, this accomplished page-turner moves inexorably towards a shocking conclusion * The Good Book Guide * The queen of the ingenious plot twist * Good Housekeeping * Well executed twists and turns . . . Hannah is a gifted writer * Scotland on Sunday * Sophie's storylines are always riveting - and this one will not disappoint! * My Weekly * If like Sophie Hannah you are a writer who has repeatedly proved their mastery of the psychological thriller, each new book presents a double problem. How do you create new scenarios, new situations and new characters that are different from your earlier work? . . . Such is the author's command of narrative we nevertheless find ourselves glued to the page . . . Most will still find themselves inextricably drawn in by her customary skills. We may not like anyone in THE CARRIER but we remain hooked throughout the 400-odd pages of this compelling novel * Daily Express * 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 * Heat * Will definitely intrigue and warm a winter's evening * TheBookbag.co.uk * Do not think you have worked out where the plot is going and how it is going to end. Hannah is masterly at leading the reader down the wrong path and here she excels once again. * Sunday Express * This poet and crime writer again 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. It is a mature work - full of confidence and intrigue. * Daily Mail * Hannah, a whip-smart thriller writer, makes tales that are tricky, teasing and thought-provoking. THE CARRIER is a classic of the type * RTE Guide * Another gripping puzzle of a novel from one of Britain's best crime writers * Image Magazine, Ireland * It is brilliantly constructed, and it had me, screaming, on the edge of my chair * Reader's Digest * Now while Sophie has been rightly praised for her sinuous plotting, dark psychological insights, precision-layered structure and the rhythm of her prose (she's also a poet, don't forget), I have always felt that she does not get enough credit for being funny. In past novels, she has written some wincingly funny (that is to say dead accurate) bitchy female dialogue and in THE CARRIER, the opening scenes in a German airport are stuffed full of cheeky observations and witty asides which a lesser writer such as myself would have milked to death or turned into farce * Shots * It is brilliantly constructed, and it had me, screaming, on the edge of my chair * Readers Digest * The characters, while not likeable, are intriguing, and Hannah does a good job of keeping the large cast in play * Guardian * 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 * Such is the author's command of narrative, we find ourselves glued to the page. We remain hooked throughout this compelling novel. * Daily 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 * [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 * A hugely confident, beautifully written and bold mystery. Another gripping triumph. * Heat * Absorbing, intricate . . . THE CARRIER is a vicarage whodunit 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 * 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 . . . 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 * 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 *
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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
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2,299 ratings
3.11 out of 5 stars
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4 26% (591)
3 35% (811)
2 20% (462)
1 8% (186)
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