“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.
What I thought:
Imagine you log on to a house-for-sale website in the middle of the night and while perusing the virtual tour of a lounge, there infront of her appears a woman lying face down in a huge pool of her own blood. What would you do? Especially if by the time you have woken your sleeping husband and dragged him to the computer screen the image has disappeared and your husband doesn’t believe you. Are you going mad or is there something more sinister at work?
I was hooked on this book within 5 minutes of picking it up. In fact I have to credit this book as being the one that officially got me out of my reading drought that has plagued me since Christmas. Lasting Damage is the 6th in a series of books set in the Culver Valley and with the same department of Police, including Simon Waterhouse and Charlie Zailer, although they can be read as stand-alones too (I certainly haven’t read them in order; in fact I still haven’t read all of them which is great for me as I have them to look forward to!)
The great thing about Lasting Damange, as in the others in the series, is the page-turningness (is that even a word?) of them. Once you start, you can’t stop. Every chapter ends at a place where you just can’t put it down. From the opening pages, when Connie Bowskill makes her fateful discovery, through to the final chapter, the reader is taken on a nail-biting ride, where at every corner there is something new thrown into the mix to make you doubt your own theories and re-assess everything you think you know so far.
If you haven’t read any of Sophie’s books yet, what are you waiting for? If you have then you’ll know you’re in for a treat with this latest offering and you won’t be disappointed.
I am thrilled to report that I will be posting my interview with Sophie Hannah here this week too. How does she come up with her plots? Who are her favourtie authors? And some exciting news about a TV series too….
(Source: I bought my copy of this book myself)