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

You can never guess with Sophie

Would you listen to The Point of Rescue again? Why?

Yes - a wonderfully contorted plot


Which character – as performed by Charlotte Strevens – was your favourite?

The narrator's voice was wonderful- the first person voice. However I love the recurring character of Charlie, our tough but soft-inside police woman. Miss Strevens is a versatile performer.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

You could never guess.


Any additional comments?

I think I found a teeny weeny plot hole, but I'd have to listen again to be sure.

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- book bum

Book Details

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