The Narrow Bed : Culver Valley Crime

  • by Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by Julia Barrie
  • Series: Culver Valley Crime
  • 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Queen of psychological crime Sophie Hannah returns with a chilling new Culver Valley crime novel.
A killer that the police are calling "Billy Dead Mates" is murdering pairs of best friends one by one. Before they die, each victim is given a small white book....
For months detectives have failed to catch Billy or work out what the white books mean. And then a woman, scared by what she's seen on the news, comes forward. Stand-up comedian Kim Tribbeck has one of Billy's peculiar little books. A stranger gave it to her at a gig she did a year ago. Was he Billy, and does he want to kill her? Kim has no friends and trusts no one. How - and why - could she possibly be Billy Dead Mates' next target?

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I think I liked it - but not sure!

What made the experience of listening to The Narrow Bed the most enjoyable?

This audiobook is going to require at least another listening before I can make up my mind whether I enjoyed it or not - up until halfway through I found the number of characters (particularly in the police) and the story hard to follow. One of the downsides of audiobooks is you can't flick back a page or two to remind you who's who. During the second half once I figured things out - I enjoyed the story and the narration. The writing was descriptive and making the lead character quite un-likeable was an interesting choice. The plot left a lot of unanswered questions.Such as what happened with Kim's ex-husband and what the point of the sub plot with Charlie and her sister was, or what happened to Sondra.


Would you be willing to try another book from Sophie Hannah? Why or why not?

I'd read another book by the author, but perhaps not audio book


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No


Any additional comments?

I found this book because I really enjoyed Julia Barrie's narration of I Let You Go.

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- SCR

Ludicrous plot saved by humour.

The story is told from a first person narrator the stand up comic Kim and third person narration for the police team leading the investigation. The first person narration is actually the supposed reading of a book Kim has written about her brush with the law and a murder mystery in which she should have been a victim. Books are at the heart of this tale and the killer's motive is closely linked to books too. The motive for the killings is perhaps one of the most ridiculous I have ever read and the police work is so far from any semblance of reality that suspension of disbelief is stretched to the utmost limit.
However the reason why I listened to this book straight through was the humour - there are passages which had me in stitches especially Kim's sex-mad lover who verges on the autistic. Her description of life with her husband is highly amusing and various scenes involving the police characters are also very funny.
The sub plot of Charley trailing her sister is also beyond credibility but also entertaining especially when Kim gets involved in this saga.
As a murder mystery I could not honestly rate this book very highly but as a tale of human foibles and eccentricities it does a great job of entertainment. The narrator was very good.
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- iris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-2016
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton