Hurting Distance : Culver Valley Crime

  • by Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by Julia Barrie
  • Series: Culver Valley Crime
  • 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Three years ago, something terrible happened to Naomi Jenkins - so terrible that she never told anybody. Now Naomi has another secret - the man she has fallen passionately in love with, unhappily married Robert Haworth. When Robert vanishes without trace, Naomi knows he must have come to harm. But the police are less convinced, particularly when Robert's wife insists he is not missing. In desperation, Naomi has a crazy idea. If she can't persuade the police that Robert is in danger, perhaps she can convince them that he is a danger to others. Then they will have to look for him - urgently. Naomi knows how describe in detail the actions of a psychopath. All she needs to do is dig up her own troubled past....

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Chilling Psychological Crime Novel

I love Sophie Hannah so I was keen to purchase her books on audio so that I could listen to them any time I liked. The narration is very good.The plot is tight and well paced. Quickly we learn that in the past something very bad happened to the main character Naomi Jenkins. We also learn that Naomi is in some weird relationship with a married man called Robert. When Robert goes missing the police aren't interested so Naomi decides she will tell a serious lie about him to make the Police investigate his disappearance. What begins as a small lie soon becomes something far worse and more twisted. The lie is far more real than anyone ever imagined. As with all Sophie Hannah's novels, they are written back and forth between - first person narrative by the person linked to the crime and third person narrative from the detectives point of view. This style is great but it does mean that you have to pay attention to the story, especially as you are listening and not reading. On a more serious note this book does deal with rape and some scenes are quite disturbing and graphic - however it works with the story, it's never cliched and provides a different perspective on a theme that has been covered so many times.In my opinion one of the best books I have ever come across - You will be thinking about it long after you've finished listening/reading.
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- Jeeds

slow starter but has a serious twist!

I found this quite hard going at the start, this was more to do with the style taking a bit of getting used to! Once it picks up and gains pace it's a really gripping, thought provoking read that tackles rape from a different perspective. The big reveal is not what you expect, this is a pretty intense book that takes some concentration to listen to but it still somehow keeps you hooked.
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- Hayley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-12-2011
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton