Lasting Damage

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What to expect

It’s 1.15 a.m. Connie Bowskill should be asleep. Instead, she’s logging on to a property website in search of a particular house: 11 Bentley Grove, Cambridge. She knows it’s for sale; she saw the estate agent’s board in the front garden less than six hours ago.

Soon Connie is clicking on the ‘Virtual Tour’ button, keen to see the inside of 11 Bentley Grove and put her mind at rest once and for all. She finds herself looking at a scene from a nightmare: in the living room, in the middle of the carpet, there’s a woman lying face down in a huge pool of blood. In shock, Connie wakes her husband Kit. But when Kit sits down at the computer to take a look, he sees no dead body, only a pristine beige carpet in a perfectly ordinary room . . .

(P)2011 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks

Critics Review

  • An assured psychological thriller of murderous domestic deceit.

    Financial Times
  • A beautifully written and entirely gripping take from beginning to end.

  • As addictively creepy as her previous thrillers

    Independent on Sunday
  • Sophie Hannah scores on all counts . . . Confidence oozes from every taut chapter . . . Hannah’s relish of every delicious twist and tweak is one of the very few things that are clear in this cryptic game of hide and seek.

  • Jaw-droppingly assured. Simon Waterhouse…is destined to be up there with the Poirots, the Marples and the Sherlock Holmeses of detective fiction if Hannah keeps up this standard of writing. This reader was left speechless with admiration.

    Daily Express
  • Hannah’s latest psychological thriller combines quirky police procedural with shrewdly observed domestic deceit. Told with confidence and panache, Hannah challenges the reader to work out who the paranoiac of the piece really is.


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