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The Dead Lie Down [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Sophie Hannah

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Sept. 1 2010 Thorndike Core
Ruth Bussey knows what it means to be in the wrong - and to be wronged. She once did something she regrets, and was punished excessively for it. Now Ruth is trying to rebuild her life and has found a love she doesn't believe she deserves. Aidan Seed is a passionate, intense man who has also been damaged by his past. Desperate to connect with the woman he loves, he confides his secret: he killed a woman called Mary Trelease. Through her shock, Ruth recognises the name. And when she's realised why it's familiar, her fear and revulsion deepen. The Mary Trelease that Ruth knows is very much alive...
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  • Hardcover: 705 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (Sept. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410429962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410429964
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15.2 x 3.6 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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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  42 reviews
44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different title for same book June 5 2010
By merriwood - Published on Amazon.com
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!
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Readable June 22 2010
By Amazon Customer - 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.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Dead Lie Down Aug. 1 2010
By Gloria Feit - Published on Amazon.com
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Same book as "The Dead Lie Down" Feb. 26 2010
By Be More - Published on Amazon.com
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.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Convoluted, but I liked it a lot June 9 2010
By G. Kellner - Published on Amazon.com
Convoluted is the only word I can think of to describe the plot--just when you think you know what's going on, there's something else brought to light. Still, it was entertaining, and Sophie Hannah is a great writer. I liked many of the characters, although I really thought she was making Ruth out to be far too much of an unstable basket case until I found out what happened to her. I liked Charlie and Simon, but I don't really get their relationship. I thought there were many nice psychological insights, and I love her rather dry sense of humor. I read the last 60 pages glued to the couch, snarling, "Don't talk to me!" to my family until I had read the last page. So, it's definitely entertaining--a good read.

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