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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 705 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Lrg edition (Sept. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410429962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410429964
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g

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Praise for Sophie Hannah's previous novels -- : 'Bewitching' -- The Sunday Times 'Beautifully written, outstandingly chilling' -- Spectator 'A superbly creepy, twisty thriller about obsessive love, psychological torture, and the darkest chambers of the human heart' -- The Times 'Sophie Hannah's ingenious, almost surreal mysteries are so intricately constructed that it's impossible to guess how they will end' -- Sunday Telegraph 'Chilling, compulsive and with a genius twist' -- Elle --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sophie Hannah is a best-selling, award-winning poet. Her latest collection, First of the Last Chances, was chosen for the Poetry Book Society's Next Generation promotion in June 2004. She regularly performs her poetry to live audiences nationwide and abroad, and recently won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her psychological suspense story The Octopus Nest. Little Face is her first psychological crime novel. Sophie lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and two children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Different title for same book June 5 2010
By merriwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Beware...this is the same book as The Other Half Lives. For some reason the UK version is retitled to The Dead Lie Down. It makes no sense why they do this. I enjoy this series and look forward to the next installment. However, the descriptions must be read carefully so as not to order a book alredy read!
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Deliciously Readable June 22 2010
By Clarissa's Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
What does one look for in a British mystery novel? For me, it's a set of quirky and complex characters that stay with you a long time after you finish reading the book, a plot that offers exciting twists and turns on every page, and a dry sense of humor that enriches one's reading experience. Sophie Hannah's new installment in her Zailer/Waterhouse series has all that and more.

Sophie Hannah's books are not always equal in quality. I loved her The Wrong Mother: A Novel, found Little Face to be OK although not really gripping and was disappointed by the Hurting Distance which in places was graphic to the point of being traumatizing. I almost decided not to go back for more books in the Zailer/Waterhouse series as a result of this uneven quality of the author's writing. I'm very happy that I decided to give her mystery novels one more try and bought The Dead Lie Down.

From the very first pages, this book catches you in its grip and doesn't let you go until you are done. The characters are so weird and their relationships are so curiously dysfunctional that I was often reminded of the mysteries by the matchless Ruth Rendell, the true master of the psychological mystery genre from Britain. There is nothing boring, ordinary, or pedestrian in this novel. As an added bonus to the fascinating mystery and the engrossing relationships between characters, you get a glimpse of the art world in Britain, with its art fairs, quaint galleries, and strange personalities that inhabit this universe.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The Dead Lie Down Aug. 1 2010
By Gloria Feit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The newest book by Sophie Hannah concerns itself with obsession and revenge, and consists in large part of enigma piled upon enigma. As one reads the first twenty or thirty pages, one thing seems abundantly clear: Ruth Bussey is one very strange woman. In the opening pages, she and her boss/lover, Aiden, have each decided to share one stunning secret from his/her past with the other, after which no questions will be asked. Ruth's is almost impossible for her to speak about, literally. Their relationship is an odd one, to say the least: although love has been declared, and neither is a virgin, they remain chaste. The one essential, it seems, is that much of what each knows about the other is a lie.

But Ruth's is not the only odd, and chaste, relationship, Sergeant Charlotte "Charlie" Zailer, ex-CID currently working with the Culver Valley Police, and her fiancé DC Simon Waterhouse, both making a return appearance here, being the other. But dysfunctional connections, familial and otherwise, abound in this novel. Charlie's back-story is not gone into in any detail, except that is clear that yet another past relationship nearly ruined her life, and severely damaged her career. Simon's career is here regularly threatened as well.

These characters come together when Ruth seeks out Charlie, to whom she is a stranger, to tell her that Aiden has told her that he has killed a woman, a woman Ruth knows to be quite alive. Beyond that, the salient story lines take a lot of patience on the part of the reader, or it did this one at the least. It takes a couple of hundred pages before any part of the intricate and convoluted plot makes any sense, and another hundred or so before any clarity takes place. There are several twists and turns, and shocking revelations, along the way.
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Same book as "The Dead Lie Down" Feb. 26 2010
By Be More - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This was a good book. Well written and enjoyable. As all Sophie Hannah's books, you cannot figure out the ending unless you are a lucky guesser! She does not give enough information to really figure it out, but she is a good writer and her books are an enjoyable diversion. What I cannot figure out is why she re-releases her books with a different title! First it was 'The Point Of Rescue' re-released as 'The Other Mother'. Now 'The Other Half Lives' is being re-released as 'The Dead Lie Down'. Why? And I think Amazon should warn people so they don't accidentally buy the same book more than once.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"People deal with grief in different ways." June 1 2010
By E. Bukowsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In Sophie Hannah's "The Dead Lie Down," all of the major characters have something to hide and they reveal their secrets reluctantly. Aiden Seed, who frames pictures for a living, has decided that he and the woman he loves, Ruth Bussey, should be open with one another. Ruth hesitantly admits that she did something shameful and was punished excessively for her actions. Aiden is sympathetic, saying, "The worst things stow away in the hold, follow you wherever you go." It is then his turn to confess: "Years ago, I killed someone." "Her name was Mary. Mary Trelease."

When Aiden makes his startling admission, Ruth is appalled. The catch is that the woman Aiden claims to have killed is not dead. Mary Trelease lives at 15 Megson Crescent on the Winstanley Estate, a rough neighborhood whose residents are steeped in squalor and hopelessness. Trelease is a painter who jealously guards her work from prying eyes. Aiden shows no obvious signs of mental illness, so why is he confessing to a murder that he did not commit?

To answer this question, the author goes back and forth in time and shifts point of view frequently. In addition, she teases us with bits of information that, by themselves, mean very little. Eventually, the puzzle pieces come together to form a ghastly whole.

Hannah is a fine descriptive writer with a strong eye for detail. For example, her depiction of a party during which Sergeant Charlotte Zailer and her fiancé, DC Simon Waterhouse, celebrate their engagement at "a dingy room in a pub," along with family and friends, is excruciating, embarrassing, funny, yet also unutterably sad. Simon and Charlie are a wounded pair and people say cruel things about them behind their backs. What should have been a festive occasion turns into a cringe-worthy fiasco.

Hannah's characters are off-beat and intriguing, but her plot is bizarre and convoluted. If an extremely lengthy explanation is needed to clarify the narrative, then something is amiss. "The Dead Lie Down" concludes with so many pages of exposition that a scorecard is needed to keep track of who did what to whom and why. Sophie Hannah's "The Dead Lie Down" is a multi-faceted psychological thriller about guilt, revenge, self-destruction, and redemption. It would have been even more satisfying, however, had the story been less dense and more grounded in reality,