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The Cradle in the Grave (Simon Waterhouse & Charlie Zailer Series #5)

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    More of the same

    If you've ever read a Sophie Hannah psychological thriller then you know what you're going to get. Having read all previously released novels by the author I was only mildly impressed. It's much the same thing of reading Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. You know the formula, so once you've read one, you know what to expect in the next. That is my biggest complaint about the novel. It follows the same cookie cutter format she's used in the other works. The story is mildly interesting. I found the arc to be believable, but I knew who did it after about the first third of the book. All I wanted to know was why and after four hundred pages, I didn't even care about that.
    I don't mind using a formula, but use your talents to trick me into believing it's something new and exciting.

    If this is your first time reading her books, then I'll still tell you to pick up the book and enjoy. It's a good book and well written, but after reading the others, it's a bit stale and underwhelming.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Another re-release (A Room Swept White)...Sophie give us something new, we can wait.

    After reading the Wrong Mother I was hooked on Sophie Hannah. Little Face wasn't a favorite, but The Dead Lie Down and some of the other books made up for it. Knowing how much I liked the author I made a mass purchase of books, a costly mistake. I didn't realize Sophie Hannah's tendency to release the same book under different titles. Here again, I was excited to see something new, but am extremely disappointed to learn I've already read it (A Room Swept White, published in 2010). We're in a global world, a release in the UK is still sold in the US both online and in stores so there is no need to release the same book in the US under a different title a year later. Give us something new. We can wait. A good read is worth it.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    Solid Mystery

    A killer is on the loose in England and he has very specific targets. He is obsessed with the topic of women accused of killing their babies. Some of these women have been convicted, some found not guilty. Some have been released on appeal to a general consensus that they were innocent, while others have been released but may well have done the crime. The obsession spreads further to doctors who testified either for the prosecution or the defense, especially one doctor, who is about to have her license revoked due to her testimony in scores of these cases.

    Fliss Benson becomes entangled in this web due to her work. She works in television documentary production and is an assistant producer at a company whose star is determined to tell the story of these women. He perceives them all as innocent, and is instrumental in getting several released on appeal and in hounding the doctor who was instrumental in putting them behind bars with her expert testimony. Suddenly, the star decides to leave for another company and the documentary is dumped in Fliss’ lap.

    One of the released women is terrorized on the street and then another one is killed. The killer leaves a card with four rows of what appear to be random numbers on each of their bodies. Fliss is pulled even further into the mystery when she begins to receive the same cards with the same numbers. Can she solve the mystery before the killer targets her?

    Sophie Hannah has written a series of taut, engaging mysteries. The characterizations are fresh and striking. The interplay and politics in the police department are worth reading the book for, with the interesting character of DC Simon Waterhouse, a detective who can figure out the most complex motivations. This book was originally published in England as A Room Swept White. Readers of mysteries will be captivated and rush to read more of Hannah’s work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012


    I'm a HUGE fan of this writer and looked ready for a good mystery with this book, but it fell short of the goal line. It was good (meeting back up with main characters Charlie and Simon) and so-so (mystery). I got hooked on her by reading The Dead Lie Down. Try that book won't be sorry you did. Don't start with this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012


    A poor read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Buy if you are fan. A little hard to follow but that wont stop you from being up all night reading.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Horrible - a must NOT read

    This book was awful. There were way too many characters to keep track of and nothing about any of the supporting characters stuck out so that I could keep track of them. I felt as though I needed to take notes to keep track as they all blended together. The plot was all over the place. It was poorly written and clearly a smattering of short stories/ideas thrown into one book. There were too many loose ends in the end and zero point. I can usually read anything and be entertained, but this book proved to be the exception.

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