The Other Woman's House (Simon Waterhouse & Charlie Zailer Series #6) [NOOK Book]

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The latest psychological thriller from the internationally bestselling author of The Wrong Mother and The Cradle in the Grave


It's past midnight, but Connie Bowskill can't sleep. To pass the time, she logs on to a real estate website in search of a particular house, one she is obsessed with for reasons she's too scared to even admit to herself. As she clicks through the virtual tour, she comes across a scene from a nightmare: a woman lying facedown on the living room floor in a...

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The Other Woman's House (Simon Waterhouse & Charlie Zailer Series #6)

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Overview

The latest psychological thriller from the internationally bestselling author of The Wrong Mother and The Cradle in the Grave


It's past midnight, but Connie Bowskill can't sleep. To pass the time, she logs on to a real estate website in search of a particular house, one she is obsessed with for reasons she's too scared to even admit to herself. As she clicks through the virtual tour, she comes across a scene from a nightmare: a woman lying facedown on the living room floor in a pool of blood. But when she returns to show her husband, there is no body, no blood—just a perfectly ordinary room, with a perfectly clean beige carpet.
The sixth book in Sophie Hannah’s beloved Zailer and Waterhouse series, The Other Woman’s House offers unforgettable suspense and a heart-stopping conclusion that Ruth Rendell and Tana French fans will love.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Hannah’s somewhat muddled sixth mystery featuring Det. Sgt. Charlotte “Charlie” Zailer and Det. Constable Simon Waterhouse (after 2011’s Cradle in the Grave), Connie Bowskill spots a woman lying in a pool of blood while Connie’s taking a virtual tour of a Cambridge house for sale at 11 Bentley Grove. But when she calls her husband, Kit, to look, the body is gone. Despite Kit’s protests that she must have imagined it, Connie goes to the police, and Simon’s fellow detective, Det. Sgt. Sam Kombothekra, gets the case, Simon and Charlotte being away on their honeymoon. Meanwhile, Connie becomes convinced that Kit is leading a double life based out of 11 Bentley Grove. When another woman reports seeing the same woman’s body, the police—now including Simon and Charlie, who have returned from their honeymoon—realize they might have an actual murder to solve. There’s an unpleasant tinge to Charlie and Simon’s usual banter, while the plotting is subpar. (July)
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“A dark, psychological thriller that will have you changing all the locks on your doors.”  – Shelf Awareness

"... a final twist proves the perfect coda for this exemplar of psychological suspense.” —Booklist (starred review)

 Praise for THE CRADLE IN THE GRAVE:

“Enthrallingly complex . . . A multi-stranded narrative that grips”  - The Sunday Times

“Intriguing, unnerving and engrossing . . . Hannah has timing down to an art. What she has created in [The Cradle in the Grave] is more than a murder mystery. It is the most adept of psychological thrillers, in which - as with Hannah’s other novels - the psychosis lying just below the surface of the human personality is exposed . . . A remarkable novel, and an adventure to read . . . Undoubtedly a first-class whodunit that will keep you reading long into the night.”  - Scotsman

“Sophie Hannah has been rightly praised for intricate and accomplished psychological thrillers which dissect the dark side of human relationships, and her fifth novel, A ROOM SWEPT WHITE, covers obsession, manipulation, meltdown and all points in between.”  - Guardian

“Sophie Hannah has quickly established herself as a doyenne of the ‘home horror’ school of psychological tension, taking domestic situations and wringing from them dark, gothic thrills . . . Combining probability theory, poetry and murder, this is a densely plotted suspenser with a coded puzzle that would grace a Golden Age mystery.”  - Financial Times

“So convincing – and so unsettling. Hannah takes domestic scenarios, adds disquieting touches and turns up the suspense until you’re checking under the bed for murders.” - Independent

“Brilliantly pacy and penetrating” Daily Mirror

“Classic Hannah, with genuinely thought-provoking issues and thoroughly believable characters - eshing out a plot of satisfying complexity. Compelling.” Yorkshire Evening Post

“Hannah is a master of intense psychological thrillers . . . Full of twists and turns, and terrifying, too” **** Heat

 
Praise for THE TRUTH-TELLER'S LIE:
 
“Meticulously plotted . . . so dark and shocking.” —Associated Press

“Hannah takes pains to throw her readers off-balance — and succeeds brilliantly.”

Seattle Times

 

“Sophie Hannah will leave you bleary eyed after nights of suspenseful page turning.”

Murder, Mystery & Mayhem.com
 

 

“Hannah, who understands psychological mayhem as well as Ruth Rendell and maybe even Sigmund Freud, is best read with a crisis counselor on speed-dial. The tight plotting and excruciatingly precise clues make for a superlatively uneasy read.” — Kirkus

“Gripping… it’s like watching a nightmare come to life.” – Tana French, author of IN THE WOODS, THE LIKENESS and FAITHFUL PLACE

“Sophie Hannah is a prodigious talent. I can’t wait to see what she does.” Laura Lippman, author of LIFE SENTENCES

“An utterly gripping plot, this is the standout thriller of the year.” —Elle, Read of the Year (UK)

“Intense … Full of clever plot twists, this satisfying shocker about ‘the victims and the perpetrators of violent crimes’ suggest how obsessive love, while not a crime, is certainly within hurting distance.”—Publishers Weekly

'What makes this novel work so well is that more than one character has a bit of a screw loose - even the detectives on the case are grappling with some crippling personal issues - and it takes the full ride of the novel to find out who is playing whom.' - Time Out (UK)

'Hannah's second novel is a beautifully written chiller-thriller about the after-effect of rape. It grips from start to finish - a grip which held me against my will because the sustained atmosphere of mild hysteria is hard to take . . . I couldn't put it down' -Literary Review (UK) 

'This is a far better-written book than any genre label might suggest.  Hannah is a respected poet and uses the fascinating motif of the sundial not only to provide the reader with clues but to underline perceptions of life, time and death.  It's also significant that she won a Daphne du Maurier award.  Her powerful subjects of obsession with the past, and fear in the present, testify that she has made a transition to the narrative world of that iconic writer.' – Independent (UK)

'A superbly creepy, twisty thriller about obsessive love, psychological torture, and the darkest chambers of the human heart.' -The Times (UK)

'Another success for this inventive writer.' - Sunday Telegraph (UK)

'The terror created by Hannah will continue to lurk on the edges of your sub-conscious long after you've put this book down'- The News of the World (UK)

 
Praise for THE DEAD LIE DOWN:

"A ‘must read’ for Hannah fans, and a recommended ‘page turner’ for those who have yet to sample her taut writing and intricate plotting."  —Sacramento Book Review

“A superb thriller. . . A master of intricate plotting, Hannah seamlessly melds the police procedural with a gothic-inspired whodunit.”

Publishers Weekly (starred)

“A sense of dread pervades this outstanding British thriller from the start. . . . Hannah deals brilliantly with the issues of artistic accomplishment and success, unrequited emotion, revenge, and retribution. This stunning psychological thriller from the author of the equally outstanding The Wrong Mother has the complexities of love at its core.”  —Booklist (starred)

“A complex, unnerving study of relationships, with none more stressful than that of Sgt. Zailer and DC Waterhouse. Her exemplary skills put Hannah right up there with Ruth Rendell.”

Kirkus Reviews
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101586877
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Series: Simon Waterhouse & Charlie Zailer Series, #6
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 119,166
  • File size: 2 MB

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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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    Disappointing

    I put the book down several times before committing to push through it. The plot is ok, but never develops. Everything was summarized at the end versus revealed. It was a page turner because you're skipping full chapters hoping the story would take off. The most annoying parts were the completely pointless exhibits. I read the first few then skipped the rest.

    From her first novel on, I was an avid Sophie Hannah fan (even had books shipped from the UK), but the last two books have been complete bombs. Don't bother with Room Swept White and you'd be better off skipping The Other Woman's House.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Do not waste time or miney.

    This was a horrible read. I have read a book in the past by Sophie Hannah, and expected this to be a light, fun beach read. It was poorly plotted. Characters were one dimensional. Much of the plot did not even make sense. I was not looking for a great read....but expected a fun read. Much if the plot is simply told not revealed by actions of the characters. Sorry, Ms Hannah, but you can di better.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    This was a page turner! The characters are dark and corrupted. B

    This was a page turner! The characters are dark and corrupted. But what is revealed at the end does not make any sense. The husband is educated owns his own business but kills over a house and lifestyle he will likely be able to afford ???!? I could not put the book down and iam planning on reading Hannah's other books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    AWFUL ,Don't bother reading this convoluted, boring mess

    A waste of time

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    So twisted

    I throughly enjoyed this book. It is twisted and confusing, but in a mysterious way.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

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    Every reader her book, Every book its reader. This was just not

    Every reader her book, Every book its reader. This was just not the book for me. I was dazed and confused through most of it and put it down about 3/4 of the way through. It made no sense to me at all, going from past to present, first person, second and third persons... I did not like any of the characters. If I knew what was going on I would tell you. How do you go nuts from house hunting?anyway, I will never give just one star for a book because at some point some one shed blood sweat & tears for their "baby" and somewhere out there are people who will & do love this book so, having said that, this is a 2 star read...:(

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    It was ok

    It was ok, the end kind of confused me a little bit but overall it was alright.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Rage

    Vincent?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Connie and her husband, Kit, have been having problems for the l

    Connie and her husband, Kit, have been having problems for the last six months. When the story opens, Connie is having serious trust issues because she suspects that  Kit is having an affair with a woman in Cambridge. The woman's house goes up for sale, and when Connie looks at the listing on the Internet one night after 1 a.m., she sees a woman's body lying in a pool of blood on the floor of the lounge. She awakens Kit and asks him to look at it, but he's unable to find it, and Connie (and others) begin to doubt her sanity. 

    The story unfolds in a most satisfying way, making you wonder who is the bad guy, who is really sane - and you'll hang on till the end, wanting to find out how the story turns out. This would make a terrific thriller on the big screen.

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    Posted March 19, 2013

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