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The Other Woman's House (Spilling CID #6)

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ebook, 464 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Narike Lintvelt
Couldn't wait to finish reading it just to see WTF it was all about. Overwritten, overplotted, overexplained, overwrought... so over Sophie Hannah.
The Wee Hen
I'm a reluctant Sophie Hannah fan and I'll tell you why. I cannot stand the relationship between Charlie and Simon. I don't understand it. It reminds me of how I used to try and make sense of boys when I was a young, awkward maiden chicken. And to see a woman, a former cop no less, deal with a grown man who is so confusing and painful for her makes me want to scream. You just married him, you're on your honeymoon and you still don't understand what his sexual dysfunction is? Well find the hell o...more
Why are the characters in so many of these British "Psycho-Mysteries" always so mean to each other? Our heroine Connie's family is totally nasty, Charlie and Simon are newlyweds who seem to have a non-relationship in which the husband plays an unkind trick on his bride and has no interest in pursuing intimacy with her. Connie and Kit are living a huge lie with Kit doing everything in his power to drive his wife over the edge of sanity. Parents disown children and no one has a kind word to say ab...more
I really enjoyed this book at first, and that momentum was what led me to finish the book. Overall though, the storyline was convoluted, confusing, and totally unbelievable. The lead female character became so irritating that I lost any sympathy or empathy that I'd initially felt for her. The supporting characters were also unrealistic, and at times just plain annoying. This is the first of Sophie Hannah's books I have read, and I'm afraid it will be the last.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
One of those "please get to the point" kind of books. Lots of chatty dialogue that had me wondering what the relevance was. I have to say it all came together very well, and the resolution had a wow factor.

I'd have to give it 3.5/5.0 stars as a result.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur magazine in the July issue:
Hmm...I guess this is the sixth book in the series by this lady, but it's the first one I've read. I thought it was pretty interesting, but I have to say I was a bit TOO confused in the middle. In the end it all made sense (I think) but the mystery was so confusing that I didn't even have any theories. In suspense/thriller/mysteries, I usually like to be able to grasp the problem enough to at least have a hypothesis about solving the mystery. In this book, though, I had no idea. I never once tho...more
I'm not much for UK based mysteries--I just don't understand how it all works over there. But I do make an exception for Sophie Hannah--she keeps me too busy trying to figure out her very complicated characters and the even more complicated situations they find themselves in. Connie and her husband Kit, the main characters in "The Other Woman's House" are not exceptions. It starts out simple enough--Connie can't sleep so she's up looking at a house tour online when she sees a woman laying in a p...more
I hated Scooby-Doo as a child. I spent every episode trying to solve the mystery, looking for every clue I could. But alas, every episode ended the same way; Velma reveals an variety of clues that you did not get to learn during the story, and solves the mystery. It infuriated me because no matter how hard I tried, I never got the chance to put the pieces together myself.

That is the way this book made me feel. The whole book is excellent and gripping, and every chapter you will put pieces toget...more
A gripping story, but kind of an awkward read until the last few chapters. There are a lot of characters, most of them unlikeable, and a couple of whom were largely unnecessary, providing background for extraneous police officers who were more clutter than anything else. The full plot, when revealed, was intricate and provocative, and reasonably enough supported by the events that proceeded it, though I was still left with questions. I would grab another of her books if I were in the mood for a...more
3.5 stars. This is the second literary thriller by Sophie Hannah I’ve read and it certainly won’t be the last. She has an interesting take, especially for a sometimes-procedural where the detectives themselves don’t feature all that prominently (which I like). This also has a deep psychological element, which is well-played. The basic setup is this: Connie Bowskill is looking at an online Cambridge, UK real estate listing in the middle of the night and sees a dead body in the virtual tour. When...more
Melissa Lenhardt
There was a point in reading this book, probably about 3/4 of the way through, where I thought I would give it four stars. After all, I was intrigued enough to spend my entire day yesterday reading it. Hannah had a good hook; I needed to know if the main character was as batshit insane as she seemed to be. Or was she just a basket case? There is a difference. The former is a killer. The latter just makes everyone around them miserable. At least that's my take. Definitions may vary.

When I finishe...more
I chose this book because I spent approximately 99% of my conscious hours 3 doors away from where it's set. While there's something surreal in finding out that fictional murderers shop in the same Waitrose as you, this familitarity had its downsides too: the main sense of tension I experienced when reading this entire book was worrying about whether Cambridge Waitrose's awesome salad bar would be fairly represented within the text.

That seems a bit wrong in a 'psychological thriller' where nothin...more
Connie Bowskill can not sleep. She decides to get up and check out check out houses for sale. Connie already knows before the website has finished loading which house she is going to look at. It is 11 Bentley Grove. Connie is obsessed with this house. Although, Connie already knows every detail about this house, she decides to take the virtual tour. The first slide is of the kitchen and then the next slide is of the lounge. This is where Connie spots her. The woman lying in a pool of blood. At f...more
Oh Sophie!

Writing about mysteries is always difficult. It is so important that facts are revealed, characters are uncovered, in the right order and at the right pace, and just one stray point could spoil the book for another reader. And that is particularly true for books like yours. They are so gripping as they twist and turn on quite extraordinary ways.

But I think it would be safe for me to explain the scenario, wouldn't it?

In the early hours of the morning Connie is lying awake. She gets up,...more
This is my third Sophie Hannah book. At first they were exciting, the story lines drew me in and I was always keen to find out the twist at the end (no matter how convoluted). But as I have read on I found myself more and more annoyed at the characters. Everyone of them is irritating. The women characters are either psychologically disturbed or mean and harsh and swear incessantly (cheap language and cheap literature). The characters all claim to be close to their families but speak to them in s...more
Argh! How's this for a rating? 1 star for editing, 5 stars for writing and 3 stars for execution?
The writing by Sophie Hannah kept me up till all hours of the night and many times I was truly freaked out.
The plot is so immensely convoluted and the sheer absurd number of neurotic, pathetic women that fill the pages got me a little pissed off. On top of that, I will once again beat the drum of THIS BOOK IS TOO DAMN LONG AND DIDN'T NEED TO BE!!!!! When will editors/authors realize that if...more
Kathy Mcanulla
I took this book on holiday, otherwise i would have given up on it halfway through. The opening scenario is compelling, a woman suspecting her husband of leading a double life is looking on an estate agent's virtual house tour and sees a dead body in one of the rooms. However, when she gous back into the site there is no body there. The trouble with the book is that it is over-written, the plot is almost too cumbersome to maintain any interest , and the writing is uninspiring. I have given it 1...more
Michele Mariner Dawson
I had a hard time with my rating for this book. In some ways I'd give it a 2, in other ways a 3 or 3.5. The story was unique and intriguing and I did have an intense desire to see how it all would end. On the other hand, some of the writing was convoluted, overdone, too loose, and ultimately could have been streamlined for a better read. With about 100 pages left, I was ready for it to be over but my interest was piqued enough to keep reading. Still can't decide if I liked the ending, but I can...more
Kerry White
I liked the book enough to stay engaged but there were places that just dragged on and on. The ending had an extra twist, but there were story lines left hanging that didn't make a lot of sense. For instance, what was the point of Olivia and Chris Gibbs? Why detail the honeymoon and solitary walks during it? Why has Charlie married Simon? There were too many oddities - I felt the book would've been much stronger and cohesive without these unnecessary diversions.
I thought some parts of the solution were too obvious and others too convoluted, but I sure as hell enjoyed the trip. I do wish I'd realized it was part of a series, as a lot of the relationships among the cops were hard to catch up with. I will definitely read more by Hannah. I may write a more detailed review later, or not.
Jayne Charles
This novel begins with an intriguing glimpse of scary events to come before stepping back seven days to relative normality and immediately grabs the reader’s attention: you can’t help but wonder how we are going to get from point A to point B in just a week. I admired the author’s skill and worried just a teeny bit that the answer to that question might turn out to be a let-down.

The protagonist, Connie, sees something highly gruesome while browsing a property website, and is dismissed as delusio...more
Green Gables
I've been reading Hannah's books in order over the past few months and:
(spoilers ahead)

1. The relationship and eventual marriage of Simon and Charlie is bizarre to say the least. It absolutely makes no sense. In Book 6, they are actually on their honeymoon. Simon stages some clues to a case he's been working on so Charlie will find them and ask -so he doesn't have to feel guilty about bringing up work on their honeymoon. Get this, he even writes a clue down on his airline ticket (and leaves it o...more
This book is the author’s sixth featuring detectives Charlie Zailer (a female) and Simon Waterhouse. The two are now married, although from what I can see of their relationship in just this one book, I have to wonder why. They don’t seem to know each other very well, they don’t have much in common, and aren’t even very physical. Nevertheless, they provide a bit of relief from the growing psycho-ness of the main characters, Connie and Kit Bowskill.

Late at night when Connie can’t sleep, she has ta...more
Amy Lignor
Taking place in England in a small village called, Little Holling, Catriona Bowskill (Connie), and her husband Christian (Kit), live in Melrose Cottage. They run their own business called, Nulli Secundus Ltd. (which means: Second to None). They are data management consultants, and live near Connie’s family who spend their time running a store where Connie does part-time bookkeeping. Just one big happy family…you think? Considering this is a true psychological suspense novel, don’t bet on it.

Having now read three books by Hannah, I have to salute her for keeping me guessing from start to reveal on each occasion and able to pile on the tension to nail-biting effect. Once I start these novels it is hard to stop reading.

My only complaint is directed to her publishers and just not understanding why they downplay that this is part of an ongoing series. On her own website she advises it is part of the series featuring Simon Waterhouse and Charlie Zailer. Yet I didn't realise this until I...more
This is the first Sophie Hannah book ive read but ill definately be picking up more.....

I was totally engrossed in this story from the get go, it's a definate page turner!
There are a lot of complex characters and each of them were interesting and weird in their own way. The whole time i was pulled in trying to figure out what was going on? and why he/she was acting like that......

If i had to complain about something it would be the end conclusion, i was thinking "really?! that's what it was all...more
Paula R. S.
What a world Sophie Hannah has created. Mid way through this book you begin to think, like the main character Connie, that nothing is certain and what you think you know is indeed not true.

Having seen a seemingly impossibly murder scene on an innocuous property website 360 tour Connie's life then becomes a tangled maze of who, what, where, when, why and even if. Her "faithful" husband Kit, her suffocating family, the house and the woman she has become dangerously obsessed with - who is at fault...more
Barbara Elsborg
You always know an ordinary situation is going to be made extra-ordinary in a Sophie Hannah book and I really liked the set up. I was quickly drawn into the story but I soon had a problem. I couldn't for the life of me see why the police were even vaguely interested - at first anyway.
Everything seemed to keep repeating on a loop, going over and over the same facts time after time, the same inner thoughts, so that I began to lose interest. I hadn't figured out what was happening until the author...more
Book Review & Giveaway: I’m a bit of a sucker for psychological thrillers, even though they often scare me silly, so I had to pounce on The Other Woman’s House by bestselling and award-winning English author Sophie Hannah. I’m glad I did. Not only was I mesmerized by the story but I won a trade paperback copy, which I can now pay forward in a giveaway for one of you to win. This novel features police detectives Charlie Zailer and Simon Waterhouse, who have appeared in prior Sophie Hannah cri...more
I enjoyed this book far more than I expected to after the handful of reviews I skimmed through before reading it. A few people have complained about how nasty the characters are to each other, but that was one of the things I found refreshing about it: the characters weren't all good or all bad, with inherently perfect or imperfect lives; sometimes they were just alright people who found each other irritating and sometimes did or said crappy things. You know, like in real life. The plot, on the...more
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Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 27 countries. In 2013, her latest novel, The Carrier, won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards. Two of Sophie’s crime novels, The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives, have been adapted for television and appeared on ITV1 under the series title Case Sensiti...more
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