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The Truth-Teller's Lie (Spilling CID #2)

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"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
ebook, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Penguin Books (first published August 23rd 2007)
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Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Victoria Fullard
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
Ian Mapp
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Terry Gibson
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve always enjoyed reading novels by good female authors and now I can add another one; this time, a thriller writer. My daughter has sent me a book by Sophie Hannah ‘Hurting Distance’; a thoughtful, disturbing, complex psychological crime novel. It is Sophie Hannah’s second book. Am I now a Sophie Hannah fan? You bet I am, can’t wait to get my hands on some more!
I was completely hooked from the first page, couldn’t put it down! I particularly liked Detective Sergeant Charlie (Charlotte) Zaile
Glenda Bixler
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 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
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This one kept me totally reading and engaged. The content was pretty tough at times but the thrill aspect of it was high. I'm hooked on this series. Looking forward to #3.
May 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Sam Still Reading
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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
The opening lines of The Truth-Teller’s Lie are in the form of a letter to a survivor’s website, signed NJ.

We soon learn that the writer is Naomi Jenkins, and some time before, she was raped in a particularly cruel way. And she never reported it.

But now her life is all about a man named Robert Haworth, whom she met a while after the rape, and whom she didn’t tell about her experience. But he meets her every Thursday in a motel where they went the first time they were together. He is obsessive, l
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
Nicole Fraser
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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’.
Paul Pessolano
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joanne Parkington
Apr 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What on earth is Sophie Hannah's problem with her own species? A more misogynistic read you will struggle to find ... Our main protagonist is a feeble minded imbecile with the IQ of a five year old and the libido of a horny teen! Not only does she spend half her time drooling after Simon, a member of her own team, she also let's the rest of the male's talk to her like a piece of shit! Jane Tennison would have had their ball's for breakfast from page 1 never mind by page 286. She screw's her own ...more
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an engrossing novel! The complexities of the psyche were very well done. I take my hat off to you Sophie Hannah, this was superb! I can't wait to read more of your novels!
Jun 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Please remind me to never read this author again.
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este es un libro extraño de describir, puesto que me ha encantado su trama mórbida pero a la vez me he aburrido en partes y no ayudaba el sentir que no avanzaba. Había momentos donde sentía que el libro era eterno y otros donde me maravillaba del ingenio de Sophia Hannah al crear esta red de "coincidencias". Definitivamente Hurting Distance es un libro que se ha marcado en mi memoria. Como se nota el gran avance que ha tenido SH desde su primer libro en esta serie. Y ya por fin pude saber cual f ...more
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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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
Lynne Lowe
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  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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While you should never judge a book by its cover, it would be nice if the covers of the Spilling CID series had some indicators that it actually is a series. I hate reading books out of order, and unfortunately, I read the third book in the series, The Wrong Mother, before reading this second book in the series. So I found it to be particularly enlightening as it cleared up a lot of the confusion the other book had created for me. Regardless of my cover complaints, this book really was difficult ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know whether to give this one or two stars. I did finish it, but did not like it at all. Didn't like the characters, the police characters were a little hard to follow. At first I couldn't tell if Naomi was a complete nut job or just stupid- but then she started being described as "very intelligent" so I think the author just wanted you to believe she was so love sick. Once I decided I did not like this book at all, the violence was completely senseless, and it was extremely violent. It ...more
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En este segundo episodio de Simón y Charlie, la escritora nos presenta una historia original que nos invade desde el inicio. ¿Quién puede imaginar un thriller detrás de una desaparición de un amante? Y mejor aún, ¿quién puede tejer una telaraña de hechos como los que Sophie hace en este libro para que la desaparición tenga sentido?
Sin lugar a dudas, volveré a leerme un libro de ella, me manipulo totalmente, después de no tener una teoría confiable, intente con una que creía que era lo más acerta
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
Another great Sophie Hannah read!

Read it in a day as I was that engrossed in the characters! Knew that the book had me hooked when I started debating my frustrations with how annoying one of the lead characters were (Naomi) - during a short lunch break!!

Needless to say, Hannah nailed it again for me with her "unreliable narrator" and "slow reveal" techniques, leading to satisfactory conclusion - and me hanging out for more! Unfortunately, it will be several days before I can get my hands on Book
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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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