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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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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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What did you love best about Hurting Distance?
Nothing was predictable about this book. I couldn't stop listening. I'm now looking for more Sophie Hannah books.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Hurting Distance?
I don't want to give too much away, suffice to say.. Lots of surprises!
What does Julia Barrie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
It was well read - I like Julia Barrie as a reader, she was very clear and concise and enjoyable to listen to.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I didn't laugh or cry.. anticipation is what I felt most. Waiting for the next revelation.
Any additional comments?
Really enjoyed it. So much so, that when it finished, I let it run through again.