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The Dead Lie Down (Spilling CID #4)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  3,926 Ratings  ·  465 Reviews
A breathtaking novel of psychological suspense from the author of Little Face and The Wrong Mother Featuring the return of Sergeant Charlotte "Charlie" Zailer and DC Simon Waterhouse, The Dead Lie Down is another sophisticated, addictive read from the new mistress of the page-turner. Ruth Bussey once did something wrong-horribly wrong-and was nearly destroyed by her punish ...more
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Published June 1st 2010 by Penguin Books (first published 2009)
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Sep 24, 2011 Jennie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Charlie Zailer and Simon Waterhouse are back, investigating a murder that may or may not have actually happened. Hard to do considering the alleged victim appears to be alive and well and doesn't seem to know her murderer.

I'm getting used to the gimmick of the switches between first-person (sometimes unreliable) narrator and the third-person POV of the police, but I'm still not really sure why Hannah uses this particular device. I don't like characters who lie for no reason, or who spend a littl
Elizabeth Scott
Jul 02, 2010 Elizabeth Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so it's no secret that I love Sophie Hannah's books. I think she's an amazing writer and I never *ever* know what is going to happen in her books, and usually, I know who has done what and why by about the third chapter of a thriller/mystery. But reading Sophie Hannah--I won't lie to you--she does not shy away from going to some very, very dark places, so if you are looking for a cheerful read, you should probably go elsewhere.

But if you're looking for an amazingly written book filled with
I love Sophie Hannah, and it was really hard not to give this one 5 stars . . . however, it just wasn't a five star book.

Hannah has the ability to think up very creative and dark mysteries. None of her stories that I've read feel like repeats of mysteries that I've already read.

She also can conjure up life-like characters on the brink of madness in a way that is completely absorbing and fascinating.

However, there is one glaring flaw in this current novel - the ENTIRE mystery could have been sol
Jun 14, 2011 Celia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm having a bit of a Sophie Hannah-fest at the moment. I really enjoy them while I'm reading them - the ridiculously complex mysteries, the reoccuring police characters, the weird relationship between Charlie and Simon. And then I get to the end, and think - "Phew... hang on... what the fuck was that all about? How could that even work?" They're all so ludicrous in their resolutions. But fun!

The Other Half Lives distinguishes itself by most of the characters being truly awful. Ruth Bussey is a
Apr 17, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought a copy of The Other Half Lives a couple of years ago. I started reading, and then I stopped. Because even for Sophie Hannah, queen of the seemingly impossible scenario, this one just seemed a little too unlikely.

In a London hotel room Ruth and Aidan agree to share their deepest, darkest secrets.

“It doesn’t have to be everything. Just … as much as we can … “

She tells him that years ago she did something wrong to a woman and a man. She was punished excessively, and she has never recovered
Lizzie Hayes
Sep 01, 2012 Lizzie Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘The Other Half Lives’ by Sophie Hannah
Published by Hodder & Stoughton, February 2009. ISBN: 978-0-340-93313-8

When I first started reading this book I really couldn’t see where it could go. Aiden Seed confides to the woman he loves that he killed a woman called Mary Trelease. After struggling with this momentous piece of information, Ruth Bussey finally goes to the police and tells Sergeant Charlie Zailer. But when they check out the address they confirm that the Mary Trelease at that addres
Well let me just say the mystery had me stumped, as did Charlie and Simon's on going complicated relationship...

As I said in my last review about this series, I have been reading these books to get to the sixth book of the series ( and I won't stop until I get there). For the most part I like this series. One of the problems I have is sometimes I get the feeling that Sophie Hannah is coming up with the ideas for her books with the sole intention of stumping the readers, and not trying to come up
Jul 16, 2010 judy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense-psych
I'm sure fans of psychological mysteries will love this book. Unfortunately, I hated it for a number of reasons. First, I prefer to have some main characters who can be classified as "normal". This group went from permanently emotionally scarred to completely bats. I'd rather shoot myself than spend a minute with any of them. The plot was incredibly complex--which normally would rate high praise. However, as I neared the end of the book, I realized I no longer cared for a detailed explanation. I ...more
Apr 12, 2013 Kimberly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to force myself to finish reading this book. I felt that each character was his/her own brand of mentally unstable. Not one of them appealed to me. I felt that each character was too overdeveloped. At some point in character development they may have been interesting, but they all just seemed over the top, crazy and not believable.

This was the first book I've read, and quite possible the only book I will read, by this author. The descriptions sound great and very interesteing! However, th
Aug 01, 2010 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set against the backdrop of the London art scene, "The Dead Lie Down: A Novel," by Sophie Hannah, almost immediately grips the reader with a spellbinding mystery enmeshed in a web of secrets, lies, and twisted motivations.

It all begins when an art framer named Aidan Seed confesses to his girlfriend Ruth Bussey that he killed a woman several years ago. A woman named Mary Trelease. The only problem with his story, other than the fact of the murder itself, is that Ruth knows a Mary Trelease—an arti
Feb 06, 2014 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow what a story! A man confesses to murder to his girlfriend and then things get very complicated. Both of them visit the police. The dead woman is alive and well! Confusing! Paintings and murder ensue, with a touch of torture with stones.

We have the now engaged twosome, Charlie and Simon running their own investigation and getting a slap on the wrist from their bosses. Charlie and Simon have the most funny relationship. They are so British, being able to talk about anything but themselves. Su
Sep 25, 2011 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, can-t-finish
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Ângela Costa
Oct 13, 2016 Ângela Costa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avaliação correta : 4.5*
Minha opinião aqui:
Aug 07, 2012 Leanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Made me want to buy the rest when I realised this was book 4! Back to number 1 onwards and hope they deliver what im expecting!
Judy Mann
I can't write a review because I'm only about 100 pages into this but I will say this. There is something about Sophie Hannah's books that makes me put all my money on her .What I mean is I am finding this book- so far- very very very confusing but I'm in there up to my eyeballs waiting for her to sort it all out. Any other author I'd get finnicky and irritable if there were any loose ends but with her I've got the patience of Job, patiently waiting for her to explain just what the hell is going ...more
Jul 27, 2013 SamB rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
The problem with a really great, twisty, puzzling mystery is that it can sometimes be a little disappointing when it's solved. This is the second of Hannah's books where I've been thoroughly engrossed all the way through, only to feel a little deflated once the answers are revealed.

Two thirds of the way through, I had no idea how everything was going to resolve itself. Unfortunately, the mystery here is almost a little too convoluted for its own good, with several unreliable characters all havi
Jul 04, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book based on critical reviews that had been posted online and in book publications. It was very good and if you enjoy British psychological thrillers a la Minette Walters, you won't be disappointed. After reading it, I learned that there were earlier books featuring the two police detectives Charlotte ('Charlie') and Simon, but it didn't hamper my ability to follow along. The story was just as much about the other characters, not soley the police - so it felt like a stand-alone ...more
I’ve read other books by Hannah and loved the complicated, non-linear nature of her writing. She has some recurring characters most notably Sergeant Charlie Zailer and DC Simon Waterhouse. The book seems to be about trauma and psychopathology. When the book is about Charlie and Simon and their quirky engagement, with Simon’s introversion and Charlie’s fear of commitment mixed with crazy parents, it is great. However, the overcomplicated plot is quite complicated, a women landscape architect whom ...more
I really had a difficult time setting this book aside! I stayed up much too late to finish it, and what made me feel completely silly for doing so, was that I had actually correctly guessed the plot’s mysteries rather early on. So, it was hard to say just what it was that kept me so riveted to the pages. I did like the new characters introduced in this fourth installment of the series and the series regulars, Simon and Charlie, continued to frustrate with me their relationship. As of the moment, ...more
Brenda B Birdow
Aug 28, 2010 Brenda B Birdow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The one word that kept popping in my mind as I continued reading this book was "quirky" - the main characters, the story plot and the twists and turns throughout - all 'quirky'! The 'who-done-it' went to 'was anything actually done' back to a 'who did what to whom' back to 'who-done-it' once again. And half the time the reader can't help but laugh--or at least chuckle--at the 'quirky-ness' of all involved. Have to say I ended up really enjoying this book although right at first wasn't entirely s ...more
Kay Robart
Jul 30, 2013 Kay Robart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have found that Hannah’s novels are deliciously dark and always difficult to figure out, even though by now I know the pattern that someone is being deeply deceived. The trick is to figure out who and how. Her police officers are seriously flawed and have a difficult relationship.

Sophie Hannah is another find for those who like edgy, complex mysteries with a touch of the gothic thriller.

See my complete review here:
Karin Calde
Apr 28, 2013 Karin Calde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The U.S. version of this mystery is called "The Dead Lie Down." This book is an exciting page-turner, perfect for an airplane or vacation read. I was hooked from page one, trying to put together the puzzle that Hannah gradually assembles. There were a few times when I thought the story line was a bit contrived, the writing more solid than phenomenal, but the excitement level bumped it from a 3- to a 4-star book for me.
3.5 stars. New author for me and I'm definitely going to read more. Dark mystery that kept me guessing. One thing with the audio version...there were so many twists, subplots and characters within those plots that I found myself going "What?" and "Who did she say?" and rewinding quite a bit. That's not really a bad thing. I'll just pick up a print version for my next Sophie Hannah.
Jul 15, 2016 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kept me guessing from page 1 and if you just want to read an incredibly well-plotted mystery, get this book. It's also an exploration of art, fame, jealousy, love, and revenge. All of this made for a mystery a step above the rest. Are there holes? Yes, although I think a second read would close them up. Highly rec, will read more.
Oct 27, 2009 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2010
When Ruth Bussey’s boyfriend Aidan confesses to murdering someone, Ruth is understandably shocked. Her shock deepens when her boyfriend tells her the name of the woman he murdered: Mary Trelease. The thing is Ruth knows a woman called Mary Trelease and she’s very much alive. Ruth and Aidan separately visit the police to tell them of Aidan’s shocking confession – Ruth is adamant that Aidan hasn’t killed this woman whereas Aidan is even more adamant he did kill her. As Charlie Zailer and Simon Wat ...more
Dec 11, 2009 Tania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if your boyfriend told you he'd killed someone? That he'd killed a woman years ago? This is the premise for Sophie Hannah's The Other Half Lives. Ruth Bussey knows the meaning of heartache and pain, she's felt the kind that rips a person apart and nearly destroys you. She's left everything she's ever known, relocated and met and fallen in love with a man: Aidan Seed, a man whose love she feels she doesn't deserve. Aiden, haunted by a past he's never quite able to escape confide ...more
Jan 04, 2016 Justine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The Dead Lie Down is the 4th book in the Waterhouse/Zailer series by Sophie Hannah but the 1st book I’ve read by this author. While there were allusions to events and people from prior books, these mentions don’t disrupt the flow of the story or spoil events that happen (I assume) in prior books. The book started out slow and a little bit odd. A woman, Ruth, comes into the police station to report that her boyfriend, Aiden, has admitted to killing a woman that she knows isn’t dead. Despite all e ...more
Dec 05, 2012 Alyson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Seems as though every time I pick up a book lately that sounds interesting it ends up being part of a series. Perhaps if I had read the first four books that featured Charlie and Simon then I would not A.) Hate their characters and B.) Feel like I was left out of a private joke. What a terrible couple. They seem to be detectives who can't stand each other and have the most dysfunctional, ridiculous relationship ever. They're engaged but have never slept together or said I love you and are basica ...more
Alan Smith
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I started reading Sophie Hannah after seeing that Tana French (who I enjoy very much) is a fan of her books. I must say that I like Sophie's books even more!

This is by far my favorite Sophie Hannah thriller, and I have read all 4 available in the US (and eagerly waiting for the next one). Sophie's lead characters are always middle-classes women who suddenly find themselves in incredible situations. In this book, the heroine, Ruth, gets a confession from her boyfriend that he once killed a woman
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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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Other Books in the Series

Spilling CID (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Little Face (Spilling CID, #1)
  • Hurting Distance (Spilling CID, #2)
  • The Wrong Mother (Spilling CID, #3)
  • A Room Swept White (Spilling CID, #5)
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