Kind of Cruel: Kind of Cruel Culver Valley Crime Book 6

Kind of Cruel: Kind of Cruel Culver Valley Crime Book 6

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When Amber Hewerdine consults a hypnotherapist as a desperate last resort, she doesn't expect that anything much will change.She doesn't expect it to help with her chronic insomnia . . .She doesn't expect to hear herself, under hypnosis, saying words that mean nothing to her: 'Kind, cruel, kind of cruel' - words she has seen somewhere before, if only she could remember where . . .She doesn't expect to be arrested two hours later, as a result of having spoken those words out loud, in connection with the brutal murder of Katharine Allen, a woman she's never heard of . . .
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 34mm | 258.55g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • none
  • 1444736728
  • 9781444736724
  • 264,533

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'Hannah was a poet before she took up the pen to write thrillers but unlike most in her position, her novel writing is gritty and stripped back and she has a talent for the swift elucidation of character. KIND OF CRUEL is superior mystery fiction.' * The Age * 'Hannah likes being rebellious when it comes to conforming to crime genre expectations - unpredictable as well. And in this, her seventh novel, she's come up with the goods again by starting with another apparently impossible mystery . . . A twisted, downright chilling yarn that spells cool from every angle. Delicious idea, told well. * The Courier Mail * 'Suspenseful reading. Compelling.' * The Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin * 'All the psychological aspects and the mystery that oozes from this story drew me in.' * Australian Bookshelf blog * 'Hannah's novels combine traditional police procedurals with intense psychological thrillers . . . compelling' * Weekend Herald, Auckland * One of the great unmissables of this genre - intelligent, classy and with a wonderfully Gothic imagination. * The Times * For those who demand emotional intelligence and literary verve from their thrillers, Sophie Hannah is the writer of choice. * Guardian * A terrific reading experience. Everybody loves Sophie Hannah. * Gaby Logan Show, BBC Radio 5 * Intricately plotted and pleasingly sinister . . . guaranteed to get under the skin. * Good Housekeeping * Hannah concocts a mystery of satisfying complexity in which frequent cliches of the genre (the locked room, for example) are turned inside out. If that were all her novels did, they would be admirably cerebral but uninvolving. Unfortunately for her rivals, Hannah does texture, depth and character with similar panache. * Scotsman * An audacious puzzle of a novel that is impossible to second guess . . . Crime novels are often dismissed in literary circles for not being literary enough. Yet KIND OF CRUEL is exactly the intelligent, reflective and stunningly written novel that has "literary" critics swooning and judging panels lining up to reward. * Sunday Express * Hannah has outdone herself with KIND OF CRUEL . . . Her trademark precision-layered structure creates a multi-dimensional maze that holds at its centre a revelation which is truly hair-raising, even by Hannah's standards. * Independent on Sunday * Cool, calculating and utterly chilling, KIND OF CRUEL is another compulsive book from Hannah, to be gulped down with all the lights on and someone to grab when the sense of menace grows too great. * Observer * Hannah excels at dissecting human behaviour, and the way she describes little acts of cruelty can send real chills down the spine. * Psychologies * Another triumph for one of the very best crime writers out there. Stunningly clever and compelling. * Heat * A rich mix of the dark and the diverting. Brilliantly believable * Sunday 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 and LASTING DAMAGE 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,, and follow her on Twitter at
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A rich mix of the dark and the diverting. Brilliantly believable Sunday Times
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3,784 ratings
3.58 out of 5 stars
5 19% (734)
4 38% (1,435)
3 28% (1,066)
2 11% (405)
1 4% (144)
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