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The Dead Lie Down (Spilling CID #4)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  3,267 ratings  ·  407 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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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
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
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
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
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
Celia Powell
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
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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
Lizzie Hayes
‘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
Serves You
It was all I could do to finish this book and I use the term "finish" loosely. It was an audio book and I ended up zoning out through the last several hours of torture. Holy hell, it was long too. What started out with whispers of the possibility of being a moderately compelling development of characters quickly transformed into a ridiculous cacophony of implausible scenarios and excruciating/pointless details. Every character had some serious psychological issue or trauma causing them to act in ...more
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
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 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
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
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!
Green Gables
I've been reading this series in order book by book and this one so far, has been my least favorite. The plot is just way to complicated and involved. What made it overwhelmingly confusing was that the "ending" was the last 20% of the book! Seriously, it was THAT involved. And within that last almost quarter of the story so many characters are giving their hypotheses on whodunit and why that you're just getting worn down and confused with so many details. It makes the ending unclear and not stra ...more
Alan Smith
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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
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
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
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
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
I can say, in all honesty, that this book could do without 150 pages easy. The premise is there, the twisting plot delivers in certain points; but the constant repetition and the endless rambling makes this book a disappointing read in the end.
Ruths boyfriend, Adrian, confides in her by telling her that he murdered a woman years ago. Ruth is left speechless; but when she realises that the woman Adrian claims to have killed is very much alive and well, everything starts to fall apart. Detectives
I feel slightly bad giving this only two stars because I did find it interesting, but it was too disturbing for me to really say I 'liked it'

I found a lot of the characters just odd and creepy, even the ones that weren't supposed to be. The story of the crime that was committed against Ruth was just awful and I couldn't get it out of my mind afterwards which I didn't like.

Also it started off really well, but it didn't get around to explanations quick enough for me. I think I did skip ahead/skim
I'm of two minds about this book. On the one hand, it was a very well crafted and intelligently written mystery/thriller with great characters. I loved how well everything came together in the end. But it took way too long to get interesting. The first 100 pages or so felt like a throw-away, and it didn't make any sense to me why the detectives even cared at ALL about the case when there wasn't even an actual murder until almost halfway through the book. I could not suspend my disbelief that det ...more
Margaret McCamant
Reading this book is a byproduct of my voting early, on October 25th. The early voting site in my ward is a public library branch. I saw this on a shelf as I was waiting in line. After I voted, I went back to find it and checked it out.

About 150 pages into this (150/465), I'm still waiting to be captivated by any of the characters, to care enough about what happens to them to continue. However, I have been roped in by the fact that I can't tell who's telling the truth, ever, and I want to disco
Brenda B Birdow
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
The story was interesting in that the characters were intertwined in unexpected ways, but this bordered on the unbelievable and contrived. I really couldn't get over being aggravated at how they wouldn't talk to each other or ask each other the most obvious questions. I found Charlie and Simon's relationship really weird, the only weirder relationship was that between Ruth and Aidan. In fact, I don't think anyone in the book has a healthy relationship with anyone. The bottom line is that this bo ...more
Christine Wahl
I read the publisher s review on this and thought it would be a fantastic book based on that review. Well, the book was not good in my humble opinion. It did not even get lukewarm until part 10. I tried to finish it at least six times and just feel asleep. I listened to the audio version. English narrator. I only finished because i forced myself to listen to part 10 and figured if i suffered that much i should at least read the finale. Which was uneventful to say the least. Do not recommend this ...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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