Kind of Cruel

Kind of Cruel : Culver Valley Crime Book 7

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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 | 384 pages
  • 155 x 233 x 28mm | 450g
  • Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Trade Paperback.
  • none
  • 0340980702
  • 9780340980705
  • 224,653

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'So incredibly clever ... not your typical murder mystery.' Cleo 'Chilling, cryptic and creepy.' Vogue, Australia 'Hannah excels at dissecting human behaviour, and the way she describes little acts of cruelty can send real chills down the spine.' Psychologies 'Intricately plotted and pleasingly sinister, it's guaranteed to get under the skin' Good Housekeeping 'Fast-paced prose makes this a suspense-filled page-turner with a vividly unsettling atmosphere.' The List 'This taut, intelligent psychological thriller ... opens up a lot for reading groups to get their teeth into ... intensely satisfying personal read.' New Books magazine '[Sophie Hannah] has perfected the psychological thriller, always with strong female characters, and always with a high degree of edge-of-the-seat peril.' Bookseller An exploration of memory and the way trauma lives on in the present. 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. The Observer 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. The fact that it has a police investigation at its heart is a plus, not a minus, and makes for one hell of a journey. Sunday Express '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
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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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4,413 ratings
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2 11% (468)
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