Hurting Distance: A Novel (A Zailer & Waterhouse Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : October 1, 2008
- File size : 1481 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 369 pages
- Publisher : Soho Press (October 1, 2008)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1569475210
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B004HYHAGW
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #742,782 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The crimes do center around graphic rapes, so it may not not appeal to all audiences, but for those who can handle the disturbing descriptions, the book is certainly a gripping read. I am definitely looking forward to continuing the series.
Panicked that something terrible has happened to her lover, Naomi reports him missing to Detective Sergeant Charlie Zailer and Detective Constable Simon Waterhouse. When the two don't appear to take her report seriously enough, Naomi files a rape complaint against Robert. Charlie and Simon both believe the woman is lying. Although Charlie goes off with her sister on a holiday, leaving Waterhouse to attend to the matter, she is soon called back by bizarre developments in the case. She manages to keep one foot in her working life and one in her holiday life as she starts an affair with Graham, who, coincidently shares the name of her made-up lover.
As always with a Sophie Hannah novel, Hurting Distance, peels away layers of the characters' public personas, wrings them dry of the secrets they have from themselves, and exposes their greatest core. Naomi's obsession with Robert, Juliet's enigmatic and mocking banter with her husband's mistress and the police, connections to shocking cold cases, and many other elements of the novel propel the reader into the lives of characters who are frightening and fascinating at the same time.
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Clearly there is a deliberate difference in style between Naomi's chapters (written in the first person) and the "police" chapters (written in the third person) - another similarity with other SH novels. Where it's appropriate I always think first person narrative gives an author more scope - insight into people's thoughts or motives written in the third person can seem artificial or plain unconvincing. SH does not fall into this trap particularly but the juxtaposition of chapters does invite comparison - and I prefer the Naomi chapters. Overall, though, an enjoyable read.
Finally one minor observation which should not reduce anyone's enjoyment of this book but might serve as a reminder to editors (and authors) to pay attention to detail: at one point Naomi apparently transports and delivers a sundial she has made - it is a flat rectangle constructed of grey stone and measures "about four feet by three, and two inches deep". Typically this would weigh 300lb - well done Naomi.