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The Carrier

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The latest in Sophie Hannah’s internationally bestselling Zailer & Waterhouse series, named by The Sunday Times as one of the 50 Best Thrillers of the Last Five Years

When Gaby’s plane is delayed, she’s forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: Lauren, who is terrified of her. But why is she scared of Gaby in particular? Lauren won’t explain. Instead, she blurts out something about an innocent man going to prison for murder. Gaby soon suspects that Lauren’s presence on ...

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The Carrier

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Overview

The latest in Sophie Hannah’s internationally bestselling Zailer & Waterhouse series, named by The Sunday Times as one of the 50 Best Thrillers of the Last Five Years

When Gaby’s plane is delayed, she’s forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: Lauren, who is terrified of her. But why is she scared of Gaby in particular? Lauren won’t explain. Instead, she blurts out something about an innocent man going to prison for murder. Gaby soon suspects that Lauren’s presence on her flight isn’t a coincidence, because the murder victim is Francine Breary, the wife of the only man Gaby has ever truly loved.

Tim Breary has confessed. He’s even provided the police with evidence. The only thing he hasn’t given them is a motive. He claims to have no idea why he murdered his wife…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/24/2014
A labyrinthine plot and thoroughly unlikable characters hamper Hannah’s eighth Sgt. Charlie Zailer and Det. Constable Simon Waterhouse mystery (after 2013’s Kind of Cruel). Since Charlie is no longer a member of CID, due to a disastrous previous case, only Simon can officially investigate the murder of Francine Breary, by all accounts a horrible person, whose husband confessed to the killing but doesn’t know why. Simon and Charlie bicker constantly about the “Don’t-Know-Why Killer,” exchanges that are grating rather than endearing. Readers familiar with Hannah’s narrative style may latch on more easily than a new audience—Charlie and Simon’s police work is told in the third person but intermixed with a first-person account from the viewpoint of a mysterious woman. Either way, it’s difficult to become invested in a case populated nearly exclusively by unpleasant people. (Jan.)
Library Journal
12/01/2014
In the latest Zailor and Waterhouse mystery (after 2013's Kind of Cruel), Hannah dissects the complexities of loyalty. Tim Breary is happy to confess to the murder of his wife, Francine, and, even to supply evidence to the police. He just won't give them a motive. Meanwhile, brilliant inventor Gaby Struthers is stranded in Germany for the night with a horrifyingly provincial young woman, Lauren. In the midst of her xenophobic non sequiturs, Lauren lets slip something about an innocent man going to prison. Gaby's analytical mind and sense of ethics won't let that stand, especially when she finds out the man is Tim, her former lover. But why would Tim confess so readily? And why would his closest friends corroborate his guilt? Hannah simply overstuffs the story this time around. Letters to Francine by her closest "friends" are the most successful devices, but the multitude of narrators and flimsy reasoning throughout deplete their strength. The psychological aspects of the crime are intriguing, but Zailor and Waterhouse slow the whole thing down with office politics and loose threads. VERDICT Readers new to the series will be lost, but those familiar with the players might be happier. [See Prepub Alert, 7/28/14.]—Liza Oldham, Beverly, MA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-11-06
The smothering of a supremely unlikable woman provokes a conspiracy, a false confession, a hysterical outburst and round upon round of sifting through the evidence by DC Simon Waterhouse and his wife, DS Charlie Zailer (Kind of Cruel, 2013, etc.).Francine Breary was no prize even before the stroke that left her unable to move or speak. She'd taken accountant Tim Breary away from Gaby Struthers, the brilliant, wealthy tech developer he loved, and persuaded him to marry her, then proceeded to make his life miserable. So it's no wonder Tim has confessed to her murder, adding parenthetically that he doesn't know why he did it. Every detail of his confession is backed up by the other residents of The Dower House—former caregiver Kerry Jose; her husband, Daniel; Francine's caregiver, Lauren Cookson; and Lauren's brutal husband, Jason. But Gaby, stranded overnight in Düsseldorf with an obnoxious stranger who turns out to be Lauren, hears her unwanted companion insist that Tim is being sent to his death for a murder he didn't commit—then sees her escape into the night before Gaby can question her further. Lauren's outburst throws new light on the man Charlie, watching from the sidelines, has dubbed the Don't Know Why Killer but raises a host of uncomfortable new questions which are meat and drink to Hannah (The Orphan Choir, 2014, etc.). Before the curtain finally comes down, Simon will have heard unwelcome revelations from his boss' daughter, questioned Gaby about who assaulted her moments after she walked out on her live-in lover, and contemplated a second body cooling in the morgue. Hannah bores down deep into her tiny cast's secret lives, then still deeper, pausing along the way to cite or reprint a dozen poems, some of them clues, some not. Fans will love the endlessly knotty complications; those unable to commit their full attention to the problem at hand may well quit in exhaustion before the denouement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670785865
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/8/2015
  • Series: A Zailer & Waterhouse Mystery Series , #8
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 461,542
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.68 (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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