- Hardcover: 705 pages
- Publisher: Thorndike Pr; 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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The Dead Lie Down Hardcover – Large Print, Sep 1 2010
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A masterclass in plotting, with twist after twist Sunday Times This utterly gripping thriller should establish her as one of the great unmissables of this genre The Times Beautifully written and precision-engineered to unsettle Guardian A truly gripping thriller Psychologies Sophie Hannah is the new British queen of the psychological thriller Heat Sophie Hannah has become the master, or mistress, of suspense. This one's even better than her others. Each moment is so purely enjoyable. Her genius is that she creates these very real characters - absolutely incredible. She's at the very peak of crime fiction at the moment Simon Mayo Book Programme, Radio Five This book is long but never tedious, and, as with the finest examples of the genre, Hannah refuses to allow the reader any hope of predicting how it will all end until she decides to put the final piece of the jigsaw in place Daily Express It's a difficult tightrope to walk but Hannah does it triumphantly, maintaining the tension until the very end -- Val McDermid The Times Beautifully written and absorbingly chilling, this is a tale that steadily builds in tension, throwing up twists and turns that keep you guessing right up until the very end SHE An intricate and sinister suspense novel Woman & Home A truly gripping thriller Psychologies A complex, unnerving study of relationships ... Her exemplary skills put Hannah right up there with Ruth Rendell Kirkus Reviews This is a monster book in every sense. It is both a chunky psychological thriller and a testamony to the legacy of depravity ... The trademark neuroses that afflict many of Sophie Hannah's characters lead to multiple twists in the plot, while her brilliantly acerbic dialogue lightens this clever but complicated tale Waterstones' Books Quarterly The pages keep turning ... The firm grip of suspense will hold you fast until the thrilling ending Sunday Telegraph A terrific page-turner, one of those really creepy suspense novels with so many twists that it is impossible to guess the ending Bookseller A real chiller; the clever plot will keep you hooked and guessing to the end Choice Hannah, like Rendell and Fremlin before her, takes ordinary domestic setting and turns them into something extraordinary ... THE OTHER HALF LIVES proves that she is an established force to be reckoned with ... a marvellous piece of literary conjuring Crime Squad Magazine Sophie Hannah brings many gifts to crime fiction. She is a poet whose use of language is precise, and her images are evocative. As a novelist, her overriding interests lie in people on the edge and in the relationships that have driven them there TLS --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling crime fiction writer. Her crime novels have been translated into 34 languages and published in 51 countries. Her psychological thriller The Carrier won the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year in 2013. In 2014 and 2016, Sophie published The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket, the first new Hercule Poirot mysteries since Agatha Christie's death, both of which were national and international bestsellers. Sophie's novels The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives have been adapted for television as Case Sensitive, starring Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd. Sophie is also a bestselling poet who has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE and A-level throughout the UK. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, two children and dog. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
This was not my favorite Sophie Hannah book, mostly because I wanted to slap most of the characters. They were so odd and clueless. But through that clueless filter, Ms Hannah was able to keep me guessing until the end, again.
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.
In addition to the intricate plotting, I very much enjoy the developing relationship between Price and Waterhouse. I'm reading the books in order, and it's one of the oddest, and most interesting love stories I've come across in all my reading.