The Point of Rescue : Culver Valley Crime

  • by Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by Charlotte Strevens
  • Series: Culver Valley Crime
  • 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A woman is watching a report on television of the death of a mother and daughter; apparently both had died at the mother's hand. Also on the screen is the surviving member of the family, a widower described as Mark Bretherick. Watching with her husband, the woman, Sally, has to bite back the words that spring to her lips: this man is not Mark Bretherick! How does she know? Because she had enjoyed a brief sexual affair with the real possessor of that name some time before - an affair (needless to say) she has not revealed to her husband. Sally is forced to hang on to her secret, and she anonymously informs the police that all is not as it appears to be in this case.
It is Sally's plight that so comprehensively engages the reader here, but readers of the earlier books by Sophie Hannah will be pleased to note the reappearance of her reliable copper Simon Waterhouse, who ensures that the sequences involving the investigation are quite as compelling as the those of a woman desperately trying to keep her indiscretion secret (while doing the right thing).

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Gripping and convoluted thriller

Where does The Point of Rescue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its up there towards the top along side Sophie Hannah's other books.


What other book might you compare The Point of Rescue to, and why?

Sophie Hannah's other books- I LOVE her characters- they are so flawed, bonkers, loveable, annoying, believable, charming, vile and understandable. I also love that the police people are the same in all her books- yet the stories concentrate on the crime/mystery.


Have you listened to any of Charlotte Strevens’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Her reading is excellent because I don't notice it- I just get the story- no irritating ticks or pronunciations.


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

I was horrified by the episode in the locked room with the dressing gown- awful....


Any additional comments?

Keep them coming Sophie Hannah- they are wonderful stories....

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- Ecovisitor

Well Thought Out

This is the first time I've read anything by Sophie Hannah and I found it quite interesting. Most crime novels are written from the perspective of a single detective, or possibly a team, but Hannah bounces back and forth between first person narrative by the victim and third person for the detective team. It opens up the story and challenges the reader to view things from different perspectives. This does, however, mean that you have to pay attention to the story or you will be lost. I found it also made it difficult for me to connect with the characters, which means that the strength of the book is also it's weakness.

The plot is all rather complicated and well thought out. Hats off to Hannah for that. It's not a predictable story line and takes a lot of twist and turns that makes it all a bit confusing, until you think about it a bit. I wish Audible allowed for half stars because I would have liked to give it three and a half. The only reason I felt that it didn't merit four (I rarely rate things 5 stars and then only when I absolutely can't put the book down) is because of my difficulty in connecting with the characters and a little bit because of the narrator. What Charlotte Strevens read well, she lacks in versatility when it comes to voicing the characters. I would still listen to other books she narrated, but I think this particular book would have benefited from a better voice separation. I would also be willing to try more of Hannah's books in the future, but perhaps coupled with a different narrator.
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- Melinda

Book Details

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