On the good side, the relationship between Aidan and Ruth definitely develops, In the end, however, this novel doesn't show Hannah anywhere near her best The Other Half Lives, Hodder , ISBN 2. It's never easy to end a relationship and, as a result, people often get into Being able to communicate closely with another person requires that you trying to stay in touch with their partner, and/or remain a part of their lives. And while we aren't living in a kingdom far, far away, we adapt this idealized ending to our own lives. Finding someone to be the other half of.
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Everyone is so secretive and I can't help feeling sometimes like I'm in the middle of a "Three's Company" episode - they'd be about 2 minutes long if someone just told the truth instead of the unnecessary fictions.
The last two chapters felt a little too forced, with an explanation that is all-too-often used as a motive, and a final reveal that followed the formula to the letter and was a bit of a wth letdown as a result. Still, there's something about this book that I found compulsively readable.
Hannah excels at building suspense and then feeding information to the reader in small doses that are both frustrating and gratifying - just enough to keep me interested but not so much that I figured it out in 50 pages.
The Other Half Lives
I spent an hour and a half reading in my car in my office parking lot last night because I wanted to read just a little more before I had to sit in traffic, and then had to keep reminding myself that no, I couldn't put the car on autopilot to get another paragraph in while I was driving home. Trust me, I reached for it more than once. Flawed though they are, I do enjoy these books and will have to find some more.
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 Okay, so it's no secret that I love Sophie Hannah's books. But if you're looking for an amazingly written book filled with characters both familiar Charlie!
I don't know why it got changed, and I wish it hadn't because the UK title and the last line of the book Ruth herself, who is one of the main narrators of the novel, is quite an irritating person at first. She hangs around outside the local police station waiting for Charlie Zailer, demoted after her experiences in previous books, to tell her about Aidan's confession.
Why Ruth won't admit to Charlie that she has a stone in her foot that causes her to limp, and why she has an old newspaper cutting of Charlie in her coat, and why she runs off rather than face interrogation, are questions left hanging. But add this behaviour to the fact that Ruth lives in a gatekeeper's house on the edge of the park where she is sure to be overlooked on all sides, and has CCTV installed, and the plot thickens.
Ruth in fact works for Aidan; he is a talented picture framer and she is his assistant. She got the job after being attacked when she worked for a previous picture framer, Steve.
Ruth's attacker turns out to be none other than Mary Trelease, who threw red paint over Ruth when Ruth attempted to buy the picture Mary had bought in for framing. As a result, Ruth left her job and became a recluse for a few months, which allows her and the reader to flash back to a previous period of reclusiveness, when she first arrived in Spilling and before she was discovered by Steve.
The convoluted narrative continues in this vein. Events are told over and over again, either from the point of view of different characters, or from the point of view of the same character but with gaps filled in so we are never sure what is "true" or "complete".
On the one hand, I find it hard to imagine that two low-level policemen could just ignore direct orders time after time, and investigate crimes on their own.
The Other Half Lives (Spilling CID, #4) by Sophie Hannah
And on the other, their relationship is stuck from about a book and a half ago. Although the reader is privy to lots of angst about everything from the massively inferior-feeling Charlie, who has not so much a chip but more of an entire tree on her shoulder, by the end of the book the relationship between her and Simon is just where it was at the start. Similarly, Charlie's brash sister Olivia makes a fleeting appearance, but the sparks of that relationship fly only briefly, being put on hold after far too much introduction.
The grand guignol aspects build up the tension effectively if not entirely believably are schools really like the one depicted here?