The Other Half Lives

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What to expect

Why would anyone confess to the murder of someone who isn’t dead?

Ruth Bussey knows what it means to be in the wrong and to be wronged. She once did something she regrets, and her punishment nearly destroyed her. Now Ruth is rebuilding her life, and has found a love she doesn’t believe she deserves: Aidan Seed. Aidan is also troubled by a past he hates to talk about, until one day he decides he must confide in Ruth. He tells her that years ago he killed someone: a woman called Mary Trelease.

Ruth is confused. She’s certain she’s heard the name before, and when she realises why it sounds familiar, her fear and confusion deepen – because the Mary Trelease that Ruth knows is very much alive . . .

(P)2009 ISIS Publishing Ltd

Critics Review

  • 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

  • Sophie Hannah is the new British queen of the psychological thriller

  • 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

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