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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  3,019 ratings  ·  357 reviews
"A superbly creepy, twisty thriller about obsessive love, psychological torture, and the darkest chambers of the human heart."
-"The Times" (UK)
Naomi Jenkins knows all about secrets: three years ago something so terrible happened to her that she's never told anyone about it. Now, Naomi has another secret: her relationship with the unhappily married Robert Haworth. When
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Published September 1st 2010 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Zoeytron
I picked up this book on spec a couple of years ago and somehow it got shelved before getting read. I am not familiar with this author, but will be adding her books after finishing this review. This one was a British psychological thriller that I found riveting. Suspenseful? Definitely. Intricately plotted? You betcha. Dark? Oh, yeah.

What begins as a missing person case soon transitions into attempted murder and a hunt for a serial rapist. Full of serpentine turns and subtle twists, it kept me g
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Ian Mapp
Number two from this author. That's not only a fact but also a fairly apt description.

Sophie Hannah comes with great reviews - not only from all the periodicals at the start of the book that seem to be falling over themselves but also the landlord himself, Al Murray, who name checked her in the Observer or times as a favorite last year.

This book follows along the lines of the first - alternating perspectives from 1st to 3rd - even the same set of police characters - not that I realised at the ti
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Tricia
The Truth-Teller's Lie: A Novel previously published as Hurting Distance by Sophie Hannah


Naomi Jenkins is having an affair with Robert Haworth. After he misses a scheduled tryst night, she assumes something bad has happened to him. After an unsuccessful attempt to find him at home, she involves the police.

At first, I found Naomi to be an annoying nut bag. Her character is unlikeable and irritating and I was actually put off the story for the first several chapters. But, as the story progressed
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Glenda Bixler
Is there a genre for literary weird? Let's see what the police said: "Circles within circles, that's what it is. We're chasing our tails! Look at that big, black blob....it now resembled a morbidly obese spider--a huge black mass of lines, arrows, circles, loops. The shape of chaos." (p. 319)

If you wants twists and turns and surprises in your psychological suspense novels, it is safe to say, you will thoroughly enjoy Hannah's latest mystery.

I was happily reading the author's superb writing that
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Tori
Spoilers in the below:

Individually, each of Sophie Hannah's books holds up well enough. They're not amazing, but they are entertaining. After reading three of her novels, though (including Little Face and the Wrong Mother), I'm frustrated with the pattern that's emerged. Hannah seems to think that all women are emotional idiots, unable to choose a boyfriend, husband, or even one night stand who won't ruin their lives. Women in her books are punished for sex routinely. Perhaps Sophie Hannah is a
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Paul Pessolano
This is a very unusual book, in not only content, but also in presentation. It will be enjoyed by those who enjoy an English mystery that has many twists and turns throughout the book. It is very detailed in plot and characters.

The story centers on Naomi Jenkins. She has fallen in love with the unhappily married Robert Haworth. Robert has disappeared and Naomi goes to the police for help. The police, knowing the situation, do not put much effort into finding Robert. Naomi, in desperation, concoc
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Maddy
RATING: 4.25

There's a very fine line between infatuation, deep and abiding love, and obsession. Most people would agree that each share some common characteristics: a constancy of emotion, placing the loved one as a central focus in one's life and a sense of a world that belongs only to the two intimates. It's a short jump from those very normal feelings to what could be characterized as obsessive love, wherein the need for the other becomes almost pathological.

That's where Naomi Jenkins finds
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Yune
Why would a woman be desperate to report missing a man she claims raped her?

Much of the book is written from her first-person perspective, as though she's addressing the aforementioned man. I have a weakness for books that use "you" casually and provocatively: "I could explain, if you were here to listen." And Hannah does explain, but I didn't feel satisfied by the explanation at all, even though it tucks in quite neatly and every detail and coincidence is accounted for. I had a sour taste in my
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Sam Still Reading
Oct 09, 2011 Sam Still Reading rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime fans
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: blog review
I can’t resist a bargain. $10 for a paperback is a bargain to me, so I bought this copy after reading the glowing reviews for Sophie Hannah on Novel Insights. At the demise of my local Borders store, I picked up another Hannah book (why were there so many left?), thinking that if I didn’t enjoy this book, I’d give the other to my mother. No chance, I really enjoyed Hurting Distance and plan to read the entire series.

Don’t stop reading at the mention of the word ‘series’. These books can easily b
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anionce
Un thriller lleno de giros que me ha enganchado muchísimo. De todas maneras, hay cosas que no me cuadran y otras están pilladas por los pelos (¿demasiadas casualidades?). Pero ya sabéis que lo que me gusta es la adicción y este libro ha cumplido con creces.
Batsap
I'm in love with way Sophie Hannah writes. I want to devour her words, they're so beautiful.
I couldn't put this book down, I read it in about a day. Every time I got to the end of a chapter and thought that I should really stop, my eye would drift to the opening sentence of the next chapter and I'd have to carry on. I had to know what happened next.
I love how all her characters are flawed and strange and neurotic. They're cruel and awkward to one another and things are never the way that they r
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ɑƨħŵɑɡ ♥Team Magnus Damora FOREVER♥
What a book! This one was definitely better than the first book of the series. With so much intrigue that enthuse you to keep reading and engage you in a very smart way.

Hurting Distance takes place after a year from Little Face. Naomi Jenkins reports her lover Robert Haworth missing based on him not appearing for their usual weekly meeting place, a hotel. She was having an affair with him behind his wife's back. And when no one at the police station took her seriously, she claimed this Robert ra
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Laura
Another gripping read by Sophie Hannah. Despite the difficult subject of the book, Hannah has done a good job to weave a complex plot and pull it off, and I found it hard to put down. There were plenty of twists in this story, just like in 'Little Face' and 'The Other Half Lives', and I just wanted to finish it.

Naomi Jenkins goes to DS Zailer and DC Waterhouse to report her married boyfriend missing, after he fails to turn up for their weekly meeting at the Traveltel at Rawndesley East Services
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Annabelle
Sophie Hannah, the author is 40, and a fellow UK psychological thriller author, Tara French, recommends this book with a quote on the cover. Maybe there is a generation of young women UK authors who know how to spin a tale with shifts of point of view, non linear time lines, and glimpses at terror from trauma in the human psyche. One woman, Naomi, makes sundials for a living after becoming rich selling a font she designed to adobe as a university student. Her chapters are in first person, and sh ...more
Lynne Lowe
Sep 17, 2012 Lynne Lowe rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery and psychological thriller fans who enjoy a story with lots of twists and turns.
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Nicole Fraser
PTSD: How Does Sophie Hannah Do It?

How does author Sophie Hannah capture PTSD with such precision and compassion?

These quotes from Hannah’s character Naomi Jenkins in Hurting Distance are like quotes from my own PTSD thoughts.

“To anyone who’s experienced deliberate brutality, the slightest kind word comes as a shock forever after. I’m so pathetically grateful for the small, meaningless kindnesses that cost people nothing; grovellingly thankful that someone thought me worth a smile or a ‘sorry’.
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Cláudia
I was very curious about this book, I bought it because all the Amazon reviews were so good, and I'm always looking for new, good thriller authors.

I hated Naomi from the start. Was that a bad sign? ;) She did nothing to gain my simpathy. She was raped 3 years ago, in a strange and sinister ritual, and hasn't told anyone what happened. Now she thinks she's happy, she's tottaly in love with Robert, a very strange guy, in my opinion. Besides being strange, he's also married, and they only see each
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Kerry
These books are described as psycological thrillers, I personally dont think they deserve that title. For me there not quite up there with Rendall and Wingfield. Great for a quick read but would'nt recomend them if like me you like the crime genre in general. A police book like these requires a certain touch to make them beleivable and that touch is the role the main characters play. For example a lot of the Frost books focus on DI Frost, his relationship with other people how he interacts with ...more
Andrea Howarth-Salazar
This is the second novel from Sophie Hannah that I have read and really enjoyed. The plot is tight with tension and surprise twists and at the same time the characters are vividly depicted. I was kept guessing until the very end about the truth/resolution and even then I was surprised by the revelations! Although the novel's pace is fast, there is still plenty of opportunity to become acquainted with characters that seem lifelike. The novel chillingly underlines how you can think you know someon ...more
Kamilla
I wasn't a fan of this book. I just could not get into it, it didn't hold my interest at all. When you constatly have to re-read paragraphs because you realise that your thoughts went somewhere completely unrelated to the book and you have no idea what you've just read, well that's usually a pretty good indication of just how dull the book is.
I just found it weird. Naomi reports her lover missing, but when the police doesn't jump high enough, she decides to accuse her lover of her rape years ag
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Shelly Spaugh
If you like Gillian Flynn, you'll like Sophie Hannah. This is my first dive into reading this author and look forward to reading more. She keeps you guessing until the betrayal is revealed. There's nothing I dislike more when reading a mystery than when you figure it out halfway through. Sophie Hannah makes sure that doesn't happen. She intertwines multiple plots seemingly unrelated, but ends up joining them in the end, making them seem like one great coincidence.
Melissa Foster
This book is very dark. I had a hard time plodding through the first fifty pages, as it was a bit draggy and repetitive (the MC's thoughts). The storyline deals with rape and is pretty graphic, so be warned. The ending is very good, and the story line picks up about half way through the book, so if you like dark, uncomfortable reads, this may be for you.
Naomi
I have read numerous books by Sopie Hannah and this, hands down, is her best. Incredibly twisted and leaves the reader going "HUH? WTH?" Can't ask more out of a good book. I am dying to see how this ends because I am not thinking with how close I am to being done, that it is going to end well. 4.5/5
Cynthia
A solid 3 stars, which means if I owned this book I would give it away without a second thought as I will never read it again. (4 stars I would expect it back and at 5 stars I would never loan it out).

I'm not a big fan of the first person POV, especially if the first person seems half mad. I found the constant dialogue between Naomi and Robert made me like her less than I could have, but I can't imagine a better way to tell this story since the most (actually, only) dramatic parts are past not
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Green Gables
This was a very suspenseful read and remained interesting through the end. I couldn't get over my surprise though, how closely it followed Little Face, the first book in this "series." They are almost identical:
*spoilers ahead*

Alice/Naomi falsely reports an abduction/disappearance of their baby/boyfriend intentionally lying in order to bring attention to another crime they firmly believe has taken place. How can 2 separate books have such close (and rare) storylines??

Plus, it seems that Ms. Hann
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Gregandemy
I'm over half way through this book and am finally giving up on it after the third time of wanting to quit. Reading this reminded me a lot of my experience with Gone Girl. A mystery that drew me in, wanting to know who did it and how it will end. Unfortunately, the awful language and bad, crazy characters ruined both books for me and made it no longer worth the read. This one too seems too predictable the more I read. I have a pretty good guess of how it will end, but I'm hoping to find a summar ...more
Alison
This book kept my interest. The story dealt with a dark subject that was hard to deal with at times. I thought the unexpected twists were great.
CuteBadger
This was a re-read for me, having read it when it first came out. I was surprised by how much of it I remembered - though I didn't remember who the perpetrator was. Sophie Hannah's writing grips you from the start and once you begin on a book you just have to keep going as you absolutely have to know how it all comes out.

I like Charlie and Simon, but I find myself getting exasperated with them (just talk to each other for goodness sake) which perhaps isn't that great given that this is just the
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J.F. Penn
Psychological thriller with twisty characters and flawed detective
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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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