Lasting Damage

Lasting Damage It s a m and Connie Bowskill should be asleep Instead she s logging on to a property website in search of a particular house Soon Connie is clicking on the virtual tour icon keen to see the ins

  • Title: Lasting Damage
  • Author: Sophie Hannah
  • ISBN: 9780340980682
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s 1.15 a.m and Connie Bowskill should be asleep Instead, she s logging on to a property website in search of a particular house Soon Connie is clicking on the virtual tour icon, keen to see the inside of 11 Bentley Grove and put her mind at rest once and for all She finds herself looking at a scene from a nightmare

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    1. I'm a reluctant Sophie Hannah fan and I'll tell you why. I cannot stand the relationship between Charlie and Simon. I don't understand it. It reminds me of how I used to try and make sense of boys when I was a young, awkward maiden chicken. And to see a woman, a former cop no less, deal with a grown man who is so confusing and painful for her makes me want to scream. You just married him, you're on your honeymoon and you still don't understand what his sexual dysfunction is? Well find the hell o [...]

    2. Couldn't wait to finish reading it just to see WTF it was all about. Overwritten, overplotted, overexplained, overwrought so over Sophie Hannah.

    3. I really enjoyed this book at first, and that momentum was what led me to finish the book. Overall though, the storyline was convoluted, confusing, and totally unbelievable. The lead female character became so irritating that I lost any sympathy or empathy that I'd initially felt for her. The supporting characters were also unrealistic, and at times just plain annoying. This is the first of Sophie Hannah's books I have read, and I'm afraid it will be the last.

    4. I hated Scooby-Doo as a child. I spent every episode trying to solve the mystery, looking for every clue I could. But alas, every episode ended the same way; Velma reveals an variety of clues that you did not get to learn during the story, and solves the mystery. It infuriated me because no matter how hard I tried, I never got the chance to put the pieces together myself. That is the way this book made me feel. The whole book is excellent and gripping, and every chapter you will put pieces toget [...]

    5. HmmI guess this is the sixth book in the series by this lady, but it's the first one I've read. I thought it was pretty interesting, but I have to say I was a bit TOO confused in the middle. In the end it all made sense (I think) but the mystery was so confusing that I didn't even have any theories. In suspense/thriller/mysteries, I usually like to be able to grasp the problem enough to at least have a hypothesis about solving the mystery. In this book, though, I had no idea. I never once though [...]

    6. One of those "please get to the point" kind of books. Lots of chatty dialogue that had me wondering what the relevance was. I have to say it all came together very well, and the resolution had a wow factor.I'd have to give it 3.5/5.0 stars as a result.Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur magazine in the July issue: affairedecoeur

    7. Why are the characters in so many of these British "Psycho-Mysteries" always so mean to each other? Our heroine Connie's family is totally nasty, Charlie and Simon are newlyweds who seem to have a non-relationship in which the husband plays an unkind trick on his bride and has no interest in pursuing intimacy with her. Connie and Kit are living a huge lie with Kit doing everything in his power to drive his wife over the edge of sanity. Parents disown children and no one has a kind word to say ab [...]

    8. This book is a perfect example of why I dislike jumping into a series randomly. Even though the story held its own and was engaging and suspenseful, I felt that some of the characters' nuances were lost on me because I didn't know their backstories.Nevertheless, the book was good. It was well-written and kept me guessing (even at the end - even when the "villain" was explaining everything in great detail!).I would definitely pick up a Sophie Hannah book again; however, next time I would start at [...]

    9. First of all, I hate when life and work interfere with my reading. Hence the reason for the length of time it took me to complete this one. Second of all, this book was all sorts of F'd up. I've been looking forward to reading this author for quite sometime. All these titles in the series seem like they can stand alone well enough. I'll have to confirm that suspicion with more titles down the road. Once I could get into the guts of this story, it completely messed with me. I could not wrap my he [...]

    10. I'm not much for UK based mysteries--I just don't understand how it all works over there. But I do make an exception for Sophie Hannah--she keeps me too busy trying to figure out her very complicated characters and the even more complicated situations they find themselves in. Connie and her husband Kit, the main characters in "The Other Woman's House" are not exceptions. It starts out simple enough--Connie can't sleep so she's up looking at a house tour online when she sees a woman laying in a p [...]

    11. This is my third Sophie Hannah book. At first they were exciting, the story lines drew me in and I was always keen to find out the twist at the end (no matter how convoluted). But as I have read on I found myself more and more annoyed at the characters. Everyone of them is irritating. The women characters are either psychologically disturbed or mean and harsh and swear incessantly (cheap language and cheap literature). The characters all claim to be close to their families but speak to them in s [...]

    12. A gripping story, but kind of an awkward read until the last few chapters. There are a lot of characters, most of them unlikeable, and a couple of whom were largely unnecessary, providing background for extraneous police officers who were more clutter than anything else. The full plot, when revealed, was intricate and provocative, and reasonably enough supported by the events that proceeded it, though I was still left with questions. I would grab another of her books if I were in the mood for a [...]

    13. After attempting to read Little face, I decided to write Sophie Hannah off, then I decided to give her books one more chance because most of them sound so good. The other woman's house seemed like my best bet, but it was another letdown.Once again the chapters focusing on the detectives ruined the flow of the story and got in the way of the other parts which were good. I considered skipping all the detective chapters and just reading the rest, but that's not the way I like to read a book.

    14. There was a point in reading this book, probably about 3/4 of the way through, where I thought I would give it four stars. After all, I was intrigued enough to spend my entire day yesterday reading it. Hannah had a good hook; I needed to know if the main character was as batshit insane as she seemed to be. Or was she just a basket case? There is a difference. The former is a killer. The latter just makes everyone around them miserable. At least that's my take. Definitions may vary.When I finishe [...]

    15. 3.5 stars. This is the second literary thriller by Sophie Hannah I’ve read and it certainly won’t be the last. She has an interesting take, especially for a sometimes-procedural where the detectives themselves don’t feature all that prominently (which I like). This also has a deep psychological element, which is well-played. The basic setup is this: Connie Bowskill is looking at an online Cambridge, UK real estate listing in the middle of the night and sees a dead body in the virtual tour. [...]

    16. I took this book on holiday, otherwise i would have given up on it halfway through. The opening scenario is compelling, a woman suspecting her husband of leading a double life is looking on an estate agent's virtual house tour and sees a dead body in one of the rooms. However, when she gous back into the site there is no body there. The trouble with the book is that it is over-written, the plot is almost too cumbersome to maintain any interest , and the writing is uninspiring. I have given it 1 [...]

    17. Mit diesem Band hat mich die Autorin zum ersten Mal etwas enttäuscht. Die Idee ist perfekt, die Umsetzung scheitert an den ständigen Wiederholungen verschiedener Momente aus der Sicht unterschiedlicher Personen (langatmig) und der krankhaften Paranoia, unter der hier fast jeder zu leiden scheint

    18. Oh Sophie!Writing about mysteries is always difficult. It is so important that facts are revealed, characters are uncovered, in the right order and at the right pace, and just one stray point could spoil the book for another reader. And that is particularly true for books like yours. They are so gripping as they twist and turn on quite extraordinary ways.But I think it would be safe for me to explain the scenario, wouldn't it?In the early hours of the morning Connie is lying awake. She gets up, [...]

    19. I chose this book because I spent approximately 99% of my conscious hours 3 doors away from where it's set. While there's something surreal in finding out that fictional murderers shop in the same Waitrose as you, this familitarity had its downsides too: the main sense of tension I experienced when reading this entire book was worrying about whether Cambridge Waitrose's awesome salad bar would be fairly represented within the text.That seems a bit wrong in a 'psychological thriller' where nothin [...]

    20. Connie Bowskill can not sleep. She decides to get up and check out check out houses for sale. Connie already knows before the website has finished loading which house she is going to look at. It is 11 Bentley Grove. Connie is obsessed with this house. Although, Connie already knows every detail about this house, she decides to take the virtual tour. The first slide is of the kitchen and then the next slide is of the lounge. This is where Connie spots her. The woman lying in a pool of blood. At f [...]

    21. I've been reading Hannah's books in order over the past few months and:(spoilers ahead)1. The relationship and eventual marriage of Simon and Charlie is bizarre to say the least. It absolutely makes no sense. In Book 6, they are actually on their honeymoon. Simon stages some clues to a case he's been working on so Charlie will find them and ask -so he doesn't have to feel guilty about bringing up work on their honeymoon. Get this, he even writes a clue down on his airline ticket (and leaves it o [...]

    22. I quite liked this one! It was pretty captivating from the very beginning and I truly wasn't sure what the twist would be until the very end so it was a quick read that dragged me into its the plot right away. The only real issue I had with the book was that I found it to have quite a few unnecessary characters who I had a difficult time distinguishing and remembering because you never really get any background on them or a sense of their personalities. There were a good 5 characters that really [...]

    23. Argh! How's this for a rating? 1 star for editing, 5 stars for writing and 3 stars for execution?The writing by Sophie Hannah kept me up till all hours of the night and many times I was truly freaked out. HOWEVER!The plot is so immensely convoluted and the sheer absurd number of neurotic, pathetic women that fill the pages got me a little pissed off. On top of that, I will once again beat the drum of THIS BOOK IS TOO DAMN LONG AND DIDN'T NEED TO BE!!!!! When will editors/authors realize that if [...]

    24. I had a hard time with my rating for this book. In some ways I'd give it a 2, in other ways a 3 or 3.5. The story was unique and intriguing and I did have an intense desire to see how it all would end. On the other hand, some of the writing was convoluted, overdone, too loose, and ultimately could have been streamlined for a better read. With about 100 pages left, I was ready for it to be over but my interest was piqued enough to keep reading. Still can't decide if I liked the ending, but I can [...]

    25. I thought some parts of the solution were too obvious and others too convoluted, but I sure as hell enjoyed the trip. I do wish I'd realized it was part of a series, as a lot of the relationships among the cops were hard to catch up with. I will definitely read more by Hannah. I may write a more detailed review later, or not.

    26. I gave this a one star rating because doesn't give the option of no stars.I found this in a local Poundland, after finishing it I honestly feel I paid 80p too much. The quick synopsis hooked me, a woman sees a dead body on a virtual tour of a house but when she has her husband look he sees nothing out of the ordinary. It wasn't until I added it to that I discovered it was the sixth in a series, there was nothing mentioned on the cover or inlay at all, I don't think having read the previous fiv [...]

    27. Eu gostei muito desse livro, apesar das inúmeras avaliações ruins que vi sobre ele aqui no . Os primeiros capítulos não me prenderam muito e só mais pro meio que consegui pegar gosto. Depois disso me peguei pensando sobre o livro o dia inteiro, tentando entender como a autora ia resolver aquela história maluca. Uma questão que me incomodou foi a dos capítulos serem um poucos longos demais. Não te permitiam o suspiro necessário entre um e outro.Cheguei a achar que o livro era mal escri [...]

    28. I can't say that I was a fan of this one. I felt like the storyline was all over the place and it was drawn out. I wasn't very impressed with the ending either. It was a letdown.

    29. This novel begins with an intriguing glimpse of scary events to come before stepping back seven days to relative normality and immediately grabs the reader’s attention: you can’t help but wonder how we are going to get from point A to point B in just a week. I admired the author’s skill and worried just a teeny bit that the answer to that question might turn out to be a let-down.The protagonist, Connie, sees something highly gruesome while browsing a property website, and is dismissed as d [...]

    30. This book is the author’s sixth featuring detectives Charlie Zailer (a female) and Simon Waterhouse. The two are now married, although from what I can see of their relationship in just this one book, I have to wonder why. They don’t seem to know each other very well, they don’t have much in common, and aren’t even very physical. Nevertheless, they provide a bit of relief from the growing psycho-ness of the main characters, Connie and Kit Bowskill.Late at night when Connie can’t sleep, [...]

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