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The Carrier

Sophie Hannah

15 Reviews

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Fiction, Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

An edge-of-your-seat novel from the phenomenal Sophie Hannah.

When her plane is delayed overnight, Gaby Struthers finds herself forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: a terrified young woman named Lauren Cookson - but why is she scared of Gaby in particular? Lauren won't explain.

Instead, she blurts out something about an innocent man going to prison for a murder he didn't commit, and Gaby soon suspects that Lauren's presence on her flight can't be a coincidence. Because the murder victim is Francine Breary, the wife of the only man Gaby has ever truly loved.

Tim Breary has confessed, and even provided the police with evidence. The only thing he hasn't given them is a motive. He claims to have no idea why he murdered his wife...

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Praise for The Carrier

  • A leading writer of psychological suspense . . . As ever, Hannah excels. Her books are so distinctive that they deserve to be placed in a separate sub-genre of their own. - Spectator

  • [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 as well as a psychological thriller. - Sunday Times

  • A labyrinth of a psychological thriller . . . Hannah is masterly at leading the reader down the wrong path and here she excels once again. - Sunday Express

  • Highly original . . . Hannah has once again ripped up the industry-standard 'A to Z of Writing a Whodunnit' and audaciously charted her own course . . . to produce a novel that is a classy, compulsive and chilling literary triumph - Irish Independent

  • Such is the author's command of narrative, we find ourselves glued to the page. We remain hooked throughout this compelling novel. - Daily Express

  • Our favourite writer of psychological

  • Do not think

  • Now while Sophie has been rightly praised for her sinuous plotting, dark psychological insights, precision-layered structure and the rhythm of her prose (she's also a poet, don't forget), I have always felt that she does not get enough credit for being funny. In past novels, she has written some wincingly funny (that is to say dead accurate) bitchy female dialogue and in THE CARRIER, the opening scenes in a German airport are stuffed full of cheeky observations and witty asides which a lesser writer such as myself would have milked to death or turned into farce - Shots

  • Another gripping puzzle of a novel from one of Britain's best crime writers - Image Magazine, Ireland

  • It is brilliantly constructed, and it had me, screaming, on the edge of my chair - Readers Digest

  • The characters, while not likeable, are intriguing, and Hannah does a good job of keeping the large cast in play - Guardian

  • This poet and crime writer again 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. 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 as well as a psychological thriller. - Sunday Times

  • Hannah, a whip-smart thriller writer, makes tales that are tricky, teasing and thought-provoking. THE CARRIER is a classic of the type - RTE Guide

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Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling crime fiction writer. Her crime novels have been translated into 34 languages and published in 51 countries. Her psychological thriller The Carrier won the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year in 2013. In 2014 and 2016, Sophie published The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket, the first new Hercule Poirot mysteries since Agatha Christie's death, both of which were national and international bestsellers. Two more Poirot novels will follow, in 2018 and 2020. Sophie's thrillers 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 a bestselling poet who has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE and A-level throughout the UK. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, two children and dog.