Synopses & Reviews
FROM MASTER OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE SOPHIE HANNAH COMES A SHOCKING NEW WORK OF DOMESTIC HORROR THAT WILL TAKE YOU TO A NEW LEVEL OF HAIR-RAISING TERROR
Louise Beeston is haunted.
Louise has no reason left to stay in the city. She cant see her son, Joseph, who is away at boarding school where he performs in a prestigious boys choir. Her troublesome neighbor has begun blasting choral music at all hours of the night—and to make matters worse, shes the only one who can hear it.
Hoping to find some peace, Louise convinces her husband, Stuart, to buy them a country house in an idyllic, sun-dappled community called Swallowfield. But it seems that the haunting melodies of the choir have followed her there. Against the pleas and growing disquiet of her husband, Louise starts to suspect that this sinister choir is not only real, but a warning. But of what? And how can it be, when no one else can hear it?
In The Orphan Choir, Sophie Hannah brings us along on a darkly suspenseful investigation of obsession, loss, and the malevolent forces that threaten to break apart a loving family.
“Devilishly elegant.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Expertly paced and brilliantly conceived.”—New York Journal of Books
“A creepy, tension-filled surprise.”—Independent on Sunday (London)
“You have to hand it to a writer who can make a children's choir spooky . . . Hannah builds uneasiness with so many odd touches: an out-of-place gesture, an exasperated husband, increasingly aberrant behavior by the main character.”—The News & Observer
“This stand-alone novel, a break from Hannahs series of psychological police procedurals featuring Charlie Zailer and Simon Waterhouse, is a riveting story in which suspense snowballs to a climax that is all the more dire for its everyday contemporary English setting. Absolutely haunting, in every sense of the word.”—Booklist
“Chilling. A must read.”—Daily Express (London)
“Horrifically good.”—The Independent (London)
“This bestselling thriller writer knows how to pile on the tension, and her ending is chillingly, memorably disturbing.”—The Sunday Times (London)
“An old-fashioned horror story, given a modern spin by the likeable narrator. It has a creepy cinematic feel and races along to its frightening ending.”—Sunday Mirror (London)
Praise for Sophie Hannah:
“Sophie Hannah is a prodigous talent. I cant wait to see what she does next.”—Laura Lippman, author of What the Dead Know
“Hannah [writes] persuasively and with style and wit about modern women who buckle under the stress of motherhood.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Gripping . . . Its like watching a nightmare come alive.”—Tana French on The Truth Tellers Lie
About the Author
Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling author of psychological thrillers, poetry, and short fiction. Her work has been published in twenty-four countries, and her novel Kind of Cruel was shortlisted for the National Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, and is taught in schools throughout the United Kingdom. She has recently been commissioned by the Agatha Christie Estate to write a new novel featuring Hercule Poirot—the first and only since Christies death. Hannah lives with her husband and children in Cambridge, England.