Kind of Cruel : Culver Valley Crime

  • by Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by Emma Kay, Jonathan Aris, Anna Bentinck
  • Series: Culver Valley Crime
  • 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for: Crime & Thriller of the Year – Specsavers National Book Awards 2012
When Amber Hewerdine consults a hypnotherapist as a desperate last resort, she doesn't expect that anything much will change. She doesn't expect it to help with her chronic insomnia. And she doesn't expect to hear herself, under hypnosis, saying words that mean nothing to her: 'Kind, cruel, kind of cruel'. These are words she has seen somewhere before, if only she could remember where….
She also doesn't expect to be arrested two hours later, as a result of having spoken those words out loud, in connection with the brutal murder of Katharine Allen, a woman she's never heard of.

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Mystery behind the mystery

Amazing book, incredibly well written and narrated. More of a psychological thriller than a crime thriller, with never a dull moment. Keeps you questioning 'why' and 'how', with the answers slowly unraveling bit by bit. I'm a big fan of Sophie Hannah, and this is probably her best book so far.
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- G

Way too much psychoanalysis

It could be a very good novel but especially the last few hours get increasingly tedious with lots and lots of psychoanalysis. Throughout the novel there are parts when the of conversation and internal thoughts get boringly detailed and very unnecessarily drawn out, adding hardly anything to the story. Amber the main character was getting on my nerves with the constant internal huffing and puffing at the hypno-therapist, I found myself almost wishing she would turn out to be the murderer. Such an irritating know-it better! And if she's got such a fantastic sense for sussing out personalities why is she insisting on being friends with a passive-agressive psycho she doesn't even like!

The last hour or so when we've already got the murderer I'm wondering is this still going anywhere or can the writer just not resist educating the readers on all the psychology she learned during the research for the book and found so fascinating.
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- Borbála

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-02-2012
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton