Queen of psychological crime Sophie Hannah returns with a chilling new Culver Valley crime novel.Linzi Birrell and Rhian Douglas: murdered.Angela McCabe and Josh Norbury: murdered.
A killer the police have dubbed Billy Dead Mates is killing pairs of best friends, one by one. Just before each murder, he sends his victim a small white book...
Three regional police forces are working together to identify and catch Billy. For five months, they've been failing. Then a fifth victim, scared by what she's seen and heard on the news, comes forward to seek help. Unlike Billy's first four victims, she isn't dead. Yet.
Stand-up comedian Kim Tribbeck has one of Billy's peculiar white books. A stranger gave it to her after a gig she did a year ago. Was he Billy? Now Kim's life depends on working out why she - a woman who has no close friends because she trusts no one - should attract the attention of the Best Friends Killer... And, if Billy has her in his sights, why has he waited so long to strike?The genious 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 - GuardianNo one writes twisted, suspenseful novels quite like Sophie Hannah . . . unpredictable, unputdownable and unlike anything else you've read before - Liane Moriarty, author of THE HUSBAND'S SECRETThere is an admirable, complicated cleverness about her stories . . . Think Agatha Christie at her best but updated to a time of Twitter and online dating in both its glory and ignominy - Independent on Sunday[One] of the great unmissables of the genre - intelligent, classy and with a wonderfully gothic imagination - The TimesSophie Hannah is a bestselling crime fiction writer and poet. Her psychological thrillers Little Face, Hurting Distance, The Point of Rescue, The Other Half Lives, A Room Swept White, Lasting Damage, Kind of Cruel,The Carrier
and The Telling Error
have received critical acclaim and have been translated into more than twenty languages. The Carrier
won the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Novel of the Year 2013.
Sophie's books have been listed for multiple other industry awards. Little Face
was longlisted for the 2007 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and the IMPAC Award, Hurting Distance
was longlisted for the 2008 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, and The Other Half Lives
was shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award and a Barry Award. 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 the author of The Monogram Murders,
the first Hercule Poirot mystery to be written and published since Agatha Christie's death and approved by her estate.
Sophie's fifth collection of poetry, Pessimism for Beginners
, was the Poetry Book Society's Winter Choice in 2007 and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Award, and i n 2004 she won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her psychological suspense story The Octopus Nest
. Sophie's poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK.
From 1997 to 1999 she was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge, and between 1999 and 2001 she was a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. She is currently a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.
Visit Sophie's website, www.sophiehannah.com, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/sophiehannahCB1, and find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sophiehannahauthor.Queen of psychological crime Sophie Hannah returns with a chilling new Culver Valley crime novel.Sophie Hannah's critical acclaim is extraordinary - she is held in high regard by reviewers and fellow crime writers alike.Sophie appeals to reading groups as well as crime fans with her combination of challenging puzzle, psychological suspense and high-quality writing.Sophie Hannah is an unstoppable force in psychological crime, winning the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Book of the Year 2013 with THE CARRIER and commissioned by the estate of Agatha Christie to write the first Hercule Poirot novel since Christie's death, The Monogram Murders.
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