Synopses & Reviews
A heart-stopping novel of psychological suspense from the internationally bestselling author of The Wrong Mother and The Other Woman’s House
Ruth Bussey once did something wrong – horribly wrong – and was nearly destroyed by her punishment. Now, she has tentatively rebuilt her life and unexpectedly found love with a man named Aidan Seed. But Aidan also has a secret, and one day he confides in Ruth: years ago, he killed a woman named Mary Trelease. Ruth's initial horror turns to confusion when she realizes that she knows Mary Trelease, and Mary is very much alive. So why does Aidan insist that she’s dead? The fourth book in Sophie Hannah’s beloved Zailer and Waterhouse series, The Dead Lie Down is a sophisticated, addictive page-turner that will appeal to fans of Laura Lippman and Tana French.
"Det. Sgt. Charlotte 'Charlie' Zailer and Det. Constable Simon Waterhouse face one of their strangest cases yet in this superb thriller from Hannah (The Wrong Mother). Ruth Bussey, who suffered a violent attack years earlier, arrives at the police station in the English town of Spilling and explains that her boyfriend, painter Aidan Seed, confessed to murdering a woman named Mary Trelease. Charlie and Simon who recently got engaged, despite their bizarre relationship are reluctant to take Ruth seriously, especially after they learn that Mary, a reclusive painter, is alive and well. Ruth's insistence, bordering on the obsessive, prompts the detectives to start digging into Mary's history. The pair soon discover disturbing links to Aidan and the art world. When an actual murder is committed, Charlie and Simon must sort out what's real and what's imagined. A master of intricate plotting, Hannah seamlessly melds the police procedural with a gothic-inspired whodunit. 5-city author tour. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Praise for The Carrier
“Hannahs police procedurals…elevate the whydunit as well as the more standard whodunit to a high art. By delving deep into the most basic-yet-twisted psychological elements that drive apparently normal human beings to perform dastardly deeds such as homicide, Hannah creates truly chilling novels that strike a nimble balance between the joys of her detectives insights and humor and a true, intractable sense of all-too-real menace.” - The Boston Globe
“Hannahs psychologically dense police procedurals probe at their characters to reveal their inner lives and intentions as few others do, and this—her eighth featuring Waterhouse and his wife, Charlie Zailer—shows her proficiency by taking interior examinations to new levels. Winner of the 2013 British National Book Awards' Crime Thriller of the Year, this is another example of Hannahs mastery of psychological suspense.” - Booklist (starred review)
“Hannah bores down deep into her tiny casts secret lives, then still deeper…Fans will love the endlessly knotty complications.” - Kirkus Reviews
“The genius of Hannah's domestic thrillers - along with the twistiest plots known to woman - is that she creates ordinary people whose psychological quirks make them as monstrous as any serial killer.” - The Guardian
“Well executed twists and turns . . . Hannah is a gifted writer” - Scotland on Sunday
“Contemporary in its intent and setting, the novel is also a pleasingly old-fashioned 'locked room' mystery, with Hannah referencing Agatha Christie a number of times. All told, it's a very satisfying addition to Hannah's canon.” - Irish Times
“This complex plot demands and rewards attention, thanks to a fantastic cast and some superior, atmospheric prose . . . Thrilling.” - South China Morning Post
“The queen of the ingenious plot twist” - Good Housekeeping
“Brilliant” - The Bookseller
“[Hannah] confirms in this, her eighth novel, her fluent writing skills, taste for complicated layers and deft hand with character, not to mention a knack for producing compelling openings . . . [THE CARRIER] is the kind of puzzle Agatha Christie might have created. Delicate, with ever-increasing dread, it is a mature work - full of confidence and intrigue.” - Daily Mail
“Absorbing, intricate . . . Here the rewarding bonuses are poetry's role in the plot and a playful reworking of the Agatha Christie formula . . . THE CARRIER is a vicarage whodunit as well as a psychological thriller.” - The Sunday Times
“It is brilliantly constructed, and it had me, screaming, on the edge of my chair.” - Readers Digest
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A breathtaking novel of psychological suspense from the author of Little Face and The Wrong Mother
Featuring the return of Sergeant Charlotte "Charlie" Zailer and DC Simon Waterhouse, The Dead Lie Down is another sophisticated, addictive read from the new mistress of the page-turner.
Ruth Bussey once did something wrong-horribly wrong-and was nearly destroyed by her punishment. Now, she has tentatively rebuilt her life and unexpectedly found love with a man named Aidan Seed. But Aidan also has a secret-he killed someone years ago, a woman named Mary Trelease. Ruth's horror turns to confusion when she realizes that she knows Mary Trelease, and Mary is very much alive.
The latest in Sophie Hannahs internationally bestselling Zailer and Waterhouse series, named by The Sunday Times as one of the 50 Best Thrillers of the Last Five Years
When Gabys plane is delayed, shes forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: Lauren, who is terrified of her. But why is she scared of Gaby in particular? Lauren wont explain. Instead, she blurts out something about an innocent man going to prison for murder. Gaby soon suspects that Laurens presence on her flight isnt a coincidence, because the murder victim is Francine Breary, the wife of the only man Gaby has ever truly loved.
Tim Breary has confessed. Hes even provided the police with evidence. The only thing he hasnt given them is a motive. He claims to have no idea why he murdered his wife
About the Author
Sophie Hannah, an internationally bestselling novelist, is also an award-winning poet. Her story The Octopus Nest won first prize in the Daphne du Maurier Festival short story competition. She lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two children.