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She's the most famous murder victim in America. What if she's not dead?

Pushed to the breaking point, Cara Burrows flees her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can't afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied by a man and a teenage girl.

A simple mistake at the front
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by William Morrow (first published August 24th 2017)
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Roxanne I think desperate people took her from neglectful people by any means necessary. They're all messed up.
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Keep Her Safe is the US title.
Did you see Melody? is the UK title. It's published by Hodder & Stoughton, which is a UK publisher. …more
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Keep Her Safe is the US title.
Did you see Melody? is the UK title. It's published by Hodder & Stoughton, which is a UK publisher. https://www.hodder.co.uk

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Maureen
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cara Burrows has problems that she feels unable to sort out in the maelstrom of daily life, so she withdraws the family savings and leaves her husband and two teenage kids behind, and flies to a luxury spa resort in Arizona.

On arrival at the resort she is mistakenly given the keys to a room that is already occupied by a man and a teenage girl. The next day Cara hears a conversation about the sighting of a girl called Melody Chapa who was thought to have been murdered some years before, though h
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Deanna
When I first read the description for this novel, I was so excited, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I've read a few of Sophie Hannah's previous books and really enjoyed them. I’m sorry to say I had a tougher time with this one.

Cara Burrows has had it with her family and decides to travel from her home in the UK to a five star resort in the United States. She cuts off all communication. She’s not abandoning them forever; she does give them a date of when she will be back. She has some thi
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Miriam Smith
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
For me, "Did You See Melody" by Sophie Hannah is one of the better 5 star books I have read in a long while. In my opinion this story is an excellent example of psychological crime thrillers at its best.
Cara Burrows flees her home and family in England to fly to the five star spa resort hotel called "Swallowtail" in Arizona to spend time by herself and help sort out her future. On arrival at the resort she is mistakenly sent to the wrong room where she stumbles across a man and a teenage girl.
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Mandy
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. Sophie Hannah is just such a good storyteller, I was engaged from the beginning and the book held my attention to the very end.
Our main character, Cara Burrows, books herself on a holiday to an exclusive spa\hotel in Arizona. She is actually running away from her problems with her family and their reaction to the news that she has given them. I liked Cara immediately, and found it quite easy to sympathise with her situation. When she arrives at her destination, she is give
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Zuky the BookBum
Yikes. This was bad, really bad. This started off as a buddy read with my reading pal Nicki @ The Secret Library, but she couldn’t even finish this one… and I don’t blame her!

Prepare yourselves for a very harsh review.

First off, let’s talk characters. Cara, our main character, has run away from home for a pathetically trivial reason, and not only that, has spent 1/3 of her families life savings to get away. She was an irritating, whingy character who talked to herself too much. Enough said.

Next,
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Pauline
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Cara Burrows goes on holiday to a five star spa hotel in Arizona to get away from her family and to have some time to sort out her future. When she arrives at the hotel she is given the wrong room key and finds herself caught up in the mystery of a missing girl. Did you see Melody? by Sophie Hannah is a thriller that has many twists and turns. I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Margitte
Not a review, just random thoughts.

Phew! What a modern day Hercule Poirot riddle!

What a great mystery! And the ending? Oh myyyyyyy.... I'm more confused than a sloshed tick on a hot stove plate.

Far-fetched but fantastic.

I had a few laughs too. I wonder the same thing about American advertising of products. Who buys it when the ad says:
The Dolbrynol advert has ended and the next one, for something called GlucoFlush, is behaving in exactly the same bizarre way: listing the negative side effects
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Mackey

3.5 Stars, rounded down

Sophie Hannah is an incredibly gifted writer; her words flow off the page and keep me both engrossed and entertained. Sadly, in as much as I thoroughly enjoyed reading Keep Her Safe, the book was so problematic that it is difficult to rate it highly.

Cara Burrows is a distraught wife and mother who flees from her home in London all the way to Arizona to a posh 5 star resort that she cannot afford. This is, of course, what angst ridden females do. While there she sees a youn
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Liz Barnsley
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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So I’m going to be taking one book out of my well loved previous or recent/early advanced reads that I have loved and recommending it each week – these novels will always be available now and may be old, new or somewhere in between the two.

This week I’m going with “Did You See Melody?” the latest twisted thriller from Sophie Hannah – I read this a few months ago but it is now out there in the world and if you are a fan of the hard to see resolutions and the twisted pat
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Rachel Hall
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a deceptively well-crafted psychological thriller this standalone read from Sophie Hannah proves itself to be and after this resounding success from an author that I have only read in the short story format previously I think I have some catching up to do! Undoubtedly the most creative take on a psychological thriller that I have read for some time, Did You See Melody? couches itself in the light and frothy territory of chick lit for the first quarter, only to then throw its readers headfir ...more
Selena
Sep 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this from Goodreads for my honest review.

I think the story line was very slow and hard to get involved in. It almost felt like a teenage story line with a he said, she said high school mentality. I struggled with the fact that Cara ran away from home and left her two children behind because her husband was upset she was pregnant. From Cara who came off as a timid, lonely and withdrawn person to her husband who can't handle with the happenings of real life, to their two chil
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Christine
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am always thrilled to read a new Sophie Hannah book. Did You See Melody? is the latest standalone, from the Queen of Psychological thrillers. Quite simply, Sophie Hannah does it with style.

With a plot faintly reminiscent of Agatha Christie, Did You See Melody? takes us to a posh five star spa resort in Arizona, USA. Cara arrives exhausted, after the flight from the UK. She has taken a well needed break from her family. Cara is directed to the wrong room on arrival, by the receptionist. This is
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Gary
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book I have read by author Sophie Hannah the previous one been the Agatha Christie
style novel and I have to say I enjoyed this one more.
The main character Cara Burrows goes to Arizona on a spur of the moment holiday without telling her family to try and deal with her family problems. On her arrival she is taken to her room where she finds it occupied by a man and a teenager. The next day, after overhearing another conversation she realises the teenager might have been Melody Ch
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Mandy White
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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So good!!! I was so excited to get this from the library and it did not disappoint me at all. Great story!
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Cara Burrows flees from her family. She is ultra angry about something that’s not revealed to the reader. Wasting away a big chunk of their savings she flies away from her family drama to Arizona, miles away from her Hertfordshire home, to stay in a 5 star holiday resort. Then something really weird happens. (As it always does in Sophie Hannah novels) She is sent to a non-vacant room by mistake of the receptionist. In this room there is a teenage girl and a man.
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Nic
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars.

I struggled with this book really. It started very slow, the first 30% was a description of a spa basically. The main character Cara had run away from her family for what seemed like such a trivial reason, using life savings just to punish her family??!

Then a weird mid section of transcripts from a tv show and another annoying character Juno. Swiftly followed by a totally implausible Tarin the florist come police officer??!

Plus numerous other characters to confuse the reader in what was
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Joanne Robertson
I have to start by saying that I am a HUGE fan of Sophie Hannah and I’ve followed her Culver Valley series since the brilliant Little Face! I love that series but wasn’t as keen on her last standalone novel whereas I know reviewers who have loved the standalone books but not the series! So this is a difficult one for me as it’s now been 3 days since I read this book. That’s three days and three sleepless nights where this book has gone round and round in my head while I try to work out if it’s a ...more
Kristy
Cara Burrows runs away from her family--who live in England no less--to an Arizona spa. She leaves her phone with the rental car company and, exhausted by her travels, checks into her room, only to find it occupied by a man and a teenage girl. It's obviously a mistake by the front desk, but after hearing another guest's ramblings, Cara starts to wonder if the girl she saw is murder victim Melody Chapa. Melody Chapa is incredibly famous in the U.S.--her trial garnered intense attention--and her p ...more
Katie B
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cara Burrows needs an escape from her family for awhile so she decides to fly to America and stay in a fancy resort for a few weeks. After opening up her hotel room door, she soon discovers there has been a horrible mix up because the room is already occupied by a man and a teenage girl. The front desk receptionist apologizes for the terrible error and upgrades Cara to a more luxurious suite. When Cara becomes aware of a famous murder case that dominated the headlines in the United States, she r ...more
Sam
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fist Sophie Hannah book for me so i didn't know what to expect. The setting is Arizona, and I went there with Cara Burrows. I traveled around the 5 star luxury resort, that is Swallowtail, felt the heat and craved a cocktail. I'm not going to give the plot away on this one but I will say that I expected an entirely different book than the book I read. You start with some family difficulties and your set up for a family saga, but then it transforms entirely. A mystery unfolds with good ...more
Jo
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Did You See Melody? offers a completely fresh take on the tried and tested psychological thriller genre, that we have all grown to know and love. I do love these type of books, but sometimes they can all feel a little like each other. This is were Did You See Melody? stands alone, it takes this genre and does its own thing. I loved it. It is clever, twisted and hugely relevant to the social media led world that we all live in today.

I am new to the work of Sophie Hannah, so had no idea of what w
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Cleo Bannister
When you pick up one of Sophie Hannah’s books, I’ve learnt it is best to expect the unexpected and she’s done it again, I was gripped by the mystery of the seven year old’s disappearance seven years ago, a disappearance that had gripped America from the start.

As to be expected from this hugely talented author we have characters that are so memorable you’ll want to send them a Christmas card, or at perhaps cross them off the list, because,  some of them aren’t very nice at all!

Cara Burrows has bo
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Laura
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ahh, another release from one of my favourite authors - Sophie Hannah! I kept this until I knew I had some time to really get into it, and I wasn't disappointed...

This is definitely an odd book in some ways. It starts out as something that seems very different - I felt almost as if I were reading a book you'd class as (and sorry for the annoying classification here) 'chick-lit', but then it suddenly becomes more of a mystery/ thriller.

Now, the main character C
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Yolanda Sfetsos
O.M.G.

I love thrillers. I especially love thrillers about ordinary women living seemingly ordinary lives that get smashed by secrets or lies, or both. And that's what I was hoping this book would be.

Instead, it's sooooooo boooooooring that I kept waiting for the interesting bit to come. It didn't.

I got 46 pages in and so far all the main character--Cara--has done is feel sorry for herself, think about the family she chose to leave behind (for a reason I won't reveal), and keeps getting caught up
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Joanna
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read the first 100 pages - boring ! So incredibly boring, all about the resort and the spa blah blah blah. This is supposed to be a thriller ?

Read the last 30 pages - what a let down. So glad I didn't waste any time on the middle !

Give this one a miss !
Renita D'Silva
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. As with all of Sophie Hannha's books, it was clever, twisted, complicated and thrilling. Loved Tarin Fry most of all and the interaction between mother and daughter.
Carolyn
Oct 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had very low expectations going into this book and Sophie Hannah hardly met those. I've read high school short stories that were better written than "Keep Her Safe." I'm so disappointed in the author, publisher, editor, etc, for having such a low standard of what they print. They must think so little of their dollar signs, I mean, their readers.

The dialogue between the cops was insanely forced (like her research came from rejected scripts of Law and Order) and the protagonist was infuriatingly
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Umut Reviews
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It was definitely a page turner, and interesting mystery to solve. I also liked the fact that I couldn't guess the whole ending.
The characters were interesting as well. All in all, it's a good, light Mystery read. I would recommend it.
Roy
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Found this one difficult to get into. The 1st 100 pages were quite tedious with the spa introduction. Actually felt like a chick-lit novel. Changes tact somtime into the novel to a more psychological thriller. However I never could gel with any of the characters. Somehow Cara annoyed me the most, the others so so. The plot had a decent twist towards the end but I kinda predicted it. Probably just gorr off on a bad start (1st 100 pages) which didnt give me much room to enjoy the reat of the novel ...more
Ellie
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first thing this book did was hit me with a large dose of holiday envy. It then took me on a mind bending journey that still had me guessing right till the end. Sophie Hannah is an exceptional writer and 'Did you see Melody?' Is a brilliant example of this. I was riveted right till the end and have been left wanting more from a jaw dropping ending. Bravo. 👏🏻

Thank you NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for an advanced copy.
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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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