Kind of Cruel: A Zailer and Waterhouse Mystery

Overview

“Brilliantly executed psychological suspense” (Booklist, starred review) from the bestselling author of The Wrong Mother

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.

She doesn't expect to hear ...

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Overview

“Brilliantly executed psychological suspense” (Booklist, starred review) from the bestselling author of The Wrong Mother

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.

She doesn't expect to hear herself, under hypnosis, saying words that mean nothing to her: 'Kind, cruel, kind of cruel' - words she has seen somewhere before, if only she could remember where.

She 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 . . .
 
Kind of Cruel is the 7th book in Hannah’s acclaimed Zailer & Waterhouse series. Charlie and Simon have just gotten married, but domestic bliss is proving rather illusive, not least because Charlie ends up in Simon’s investigation as a witness. Charlie’s sister Liv is still sleeping with Gibbs, making Simon’s work life complicated and irritating Charlie to no end. And Simon’s boss and adversary, The Snowman, is still being generally horrible. Featuring all the Spilling PD characters fans know and love, Sophie Hannah’s trademark dark, twisty plot will keep readers guessing until the very end.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
With this seventh psychological crime novel starring Det. Simon Waterhouse and Sgt. Charlie Zailer, Hannah breaks out in hardcover—about time, since she's been winning awards and selling around the world. The premise is typically Hannah-creepy. Upset when arson kills her best friend and still puzzled about the unexplained disappearance and sudden reappearance of four of her family members one Christmas, Amber Hewerdine undergoes hypnotherapy, uttering words that lead to her arrest for murder. Her words: "Kind, cruel, kind of cruel."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143124627
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Series: A Zailer & Waterhouse Mystery Series
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 367,959
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is the bestselling author of eight novels and is also an award-winning poet. Her new Hercule Poirot mystery, the first to be sanctioned by the Agatha Christie estate, will be published in September 2014. She lives in Cambridge, England, with her husband and two children, and is a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College.

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