The Carrier

The Carrier The latest in Sophie Hannah s internationally bestselling Zailer Waterhouse series When Gaby s plane is delayed she s forced to share a hotel room with a stranger Lauren who is terrified of her But

  • Title: The Carrier
  • Author: Sophie Hannah
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  • Page: 196
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  • The latest in Sophie Hannah s internationally bestselling Zailer Waterhouse series 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 suspectsThe latest in Sophie Hannah s internationally bestselling Zailer Waterhouse series 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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    About Author

    1. Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 27 countries In 2013, her latest novel, The Carrier, won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards Two of Sophie s crime novels, The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives, have been adapted for television and appeared on ITV1 under the series title Case Sensitive in 2011 and 2012 In 2004, Sophie won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her suspense story The Octopus Nest, which is now published in her first collection of short stories, The Fantastic Book of Everybody s Secrets Sophie has also published five collections of poetry Her fifth, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 T S Eliot Award Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A level and degree level across the UK From 1997 to 1999 she was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge, and between 1999 and 2001 she was a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford She is forty one and lives with her husband and children in Cambridge, where she is a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College She is currently working on a new challenge for the little grey cells of Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie s famous detective.

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    1. Oh, Sophie Over the course of seven books and seven fiendishly complicated cases investigated by the Spilling police force we have had some ups and downs There have been fabulous stories, and even when there have been flaws they have been balanced by good things that have stopped the lows being too low.Until now There are good things in The Carrier, but they were weighed down by things that weren t so good, and things that just didn t work.The premise was, as always, far fetched and brilliant W [...]


    2. Warning if you want to read a Sophie Hannah book, DO NOT choose this one first I am usually gripped by Hannah s books, she s a fluent and engaging author, her books are well plotted and the twist is difficult to work out until very late on The Carrier began promisingly but I fully got the feeling the author got bored or distracted whilst writing it The logic behind Francine s death is something I still don t understand, and the reasons why all the characters got tangled up in this web of lies st [...]


    3. I like Sophie Hannah s books I always know when I pick one up that all my spare time will be devoted to it, her writing is very compelling But I don t always like her characters or her characterisation She tends to tell rather than show For instance, and I ve complained about this before, Giles Proust is set up as some kind of tyrannical monster but I see no evidence in his actual behaviour on screen of his being anything other than a cranky, slightly sarcastic man You d think for a writer as ta [...]


    4. A disappointment In previous books Hannah has often made irritating errors, especially in relation to police procedurals However, on the whole I have found her novels thoughtful, well plotted and with well rounded and largely sympathetic characters with the exception of the irritating detective couple I struggled with this from the beginning The relationships of the main protagonists were senseless, the characters one dimensional and the plot infeasible especially the ridiculous dream interpreta [...]


    5. Why do I never learn The next time I decide to spend my hard earned cash on a Sophie Hannah book I want someone to give me a slap A proper, big, roundhouse slap to the head and when I ve picked myself up off the floor, to lead me gently away and say in a sad tone, Celina Celina do you never learn Can t you see how this is going to end or not end, as is always the case Did the steaming pile of horse manure that was Kind of Cruel teach you nothing You know the plot is going to be a labyrinthian pi [...]


    6. I ve read two of Sophie Hannah s earlier psychological thrillers in the Spilling CID series and enjoyed both but sadly this one is not one of her best I was way of out date with the lives of the police detectives and in particular with that of Charlie Zailer and Simon Waterhouse, which only added to the frustration and I would therefore recommend that the series is best read in order, I believe this book is number 8 I don t know how to review this book I don t like giving negative reviews as I d [...]



    7. I am not sure if this was actually not as good as her previous novels or if I am just wearying of the torturously complicated plots and uniformly dysfunctional relationships.


    8. This was our book club choice for September and another new author for me The blurb sounded promising so we were all keen to get reading.Each chapter is dated and with that brings a different person s view, I m usually a fan of books set out like this but I don t think it really added anything.I didn t really get the relationship between Tim, Kerry and Dan and why they were so devoted to him, it was all a bit odd Ohd the letters to Francine which are interspersed are actually really cruel which [...]


    9. As usual for Ms Hannah, I found this book to be extremely intriguing and very well written Having read an odd review I expected to be reading mostly poetry, but in fact the poetry used was relevant to the plot and indeed, moved things along apace without being at all intrusive All the old favourite characters were back, and still managed amidst the mayhem of their own personal lives, to solve the mystery.Tim Breary has confessed to the murder of his wife, Francine, however all is not as it appea [...]


    10. This review may contain some spoilers The first of which is that it is an oddly terrible book I have never believed that you need to like or be able to relate to a character in a novel to enjoy it to the fullest, but you do need to find their actions feasible in whatever stretched reality the author chooses to construct Characters like Patrick Bateman are fantastical misallocations of reality, but appear all too credible With an authors skill their choices make sense albeit in a warped world.In [...]


    11. This is not edge of the seat and its author is not phenomenal by any means Nevertheless, it s middle class crime in the same vein as Susan Hill s Serrailler and PD James Dalgleish novels All the characters live in suitably aga ed detached houses, with names like Dan, Gaby and Tim The obligatory chav characters Lauren, Wayne and Jason, obviously are replete with foul mouths and tattoos do the menial work, whilst Tim and co spout poetry and sit around on the proceeds of Gaby s marvelous technolog [...]


    12. Tension, thy name is Sophie Hannah The GuardianAlthough this comment was printed on the back cover of the edition I was reading, after finishing this book I m afraid I can t agree with it in the slightest I ve read other books by Sophie Hannah and enjoyed them very much However, with this book, Hannah seems to fail to live up to my expectations of her.The entire book just felt like a repeat of the blurb Tim Breary admitting to a murder he may well have committed, Gaby Struthers and the police no [...]


    13. I was tempted a few times to discard this book but persevered because I liked Sophie Hannah s other books This was a 2 1 2 star book for me I bumped it up to 3 but then lowered it to 2 after writing the review reminded me how little I liked it The ending, though tidy made me wonder why it took almost 500 pages to get there.The story revolves around a man, Tim, who confesses to killings his disabled wife but won t give a reason There is another woman, Gaby, who is or maybe isn t part of a triangl [...]


    14. Not an edge of your seat novel and certainly not phenomenal The potential for a great story was there but the ideas were half baked and there were so many threads of the story that were mentioned then not explored at all There were no explanations offered for the often bizarre behaviour by the characters and it just appeared as if the author couldn t be bothered So as a reader, I would suggest not to bother either.


    15. This would have worked effectively as a short story I had no empathy with any of the characters which made it difficult to plough through far too many pages I haven t read any of Ms Hannah s earlier books so was not familiar with the police characters and I found their stories to be uninteresting and distracting The only faintly likeable character neglected his wife and newborn premature twins to conduct an affair with a silly woman on the periphery of events The outcome was quite satisfactory [...]


    16. I usually really enjoy Sophie Hannah s suspense novels and go into them knowing that for the first third or so, nothing is going to make sense This one, however, never reached the point where everything starts to come together and the rest is fast paced and you can t wait to find out what happens next Once our trusty Culver Valley CID detectives began to unravel the web of lies and motives woven by the suspects, the whole thing became a big convoluted mess that relied on people thinking and doin [...]


    17. I read the first book in this series and liked it enough to want to read , but my library didn t have any So when this book came in, I was interested to read it even though I knew I d missed all the books in between I definitely felt that lack of knowledge regarding all the CID characters lives but I was still able to enjoy the main story And enjoy it I did, it was weird and gripping and tense all the way through But then at the end, it just totally fell flat The motive, the solution, the outcom [...]


    18. Interesting and well written, but a little scattered The beginning was good, but then it kind of drags on and some of the characters aren t very clear or believable The ending is disappointing also It is, however, suspenseful, some parts than others, but enough that I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened.


    19. El ltimo libro de Sophie Hannah ha sido una decepci n Con lo que me gustan los libros de la autora se me hizo bastante pesado de leer contandoteunlibro


    20. Poor, lazy effort.The whole story is told in letters which the writers never intended to be read by the recipient, so they are completely pointless except as an easy way for Sophie Hannah to spoonfeed information to her readers.I m so disappointed Similar to The Orphan Choir, Hannah s latest terrible book, the reader gleans facts due to one or of the characters writing unnecessary information down for nonsensical reasons in The Orphan Choir the main character chronicles her life history on a no [...]


    21. What a confusing tale And before I go any further I ll just say CARE CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS When I started this book I didn t realise it was Book 8 in a series though it wouldn t have stopped me reading it as often than not I read out of order That said in this case I think some background knowledge would have helped as I found the relationships personal professional.een the police officers very confusing I didn t understand the dynamics between Proust Simon at all, in fact Proust in general re [...]


    22. I picked this up having heard good things about the author and by having been taken in by the hype on the cover sleeve As described by one of the main characters I was decidedly in the middle of my seat for the whole 419 pages the astute will note that this denotes the opposite of being on the edge of my seat which is what I had misleadingly been promised I couldn t identify with any one of the characters why would not only one grown, supposedly intellectually superior man put up with Francine [...]


    23. I think Sophie s the bee s knees with the plotting of her earlier novels but there comes a time when one needs to separate the tuna from the herrings.It is just incredibly tiring to work one s head around all her dialogue and trying not to be tripped over by the red herrings.It s one thing to lay the trap but at the end of the day, it s a novel and when one just can t get into the characters plots, it fails, despite whatever brilliant scheme is dreamed up.I am going to give Sophie s book a rest [...]


    24. Although I generally enjoy Ms Hannah s books, the psychological underpinnings of this one strained credulity Does anyone really believe that human beings would choose to act the way these characters do And given that Francine s so called abuse is mainly filtered through Tim, I kept hoping that it would all turn out to be gaslighting on his part, that it never happened or didn t happen as he portrayed it And, frankly, TWO withholding men, damaged by their mothers yet brilliant and inspiring utter [...]


    25. This is the first Sophie Hannah book that I ve read and it will be the last There were way too many unnecessary characters in this book and it was way too long I forced myself to finish it as was hoping the ending would be explosive Boy was I wrong Tim is a pathetic, unlikeable character which makes it totally unbelievable that Gaby, Dan and Kerry would worship him in the way that they do It didn t seem to me that Francine was all that horrendous, she just sounded like a bit of a cow I can t und [...]


    26. The only book I have read of Sophie s was The point of rescue which I read quite a few years ago and enjoyed I came across the carrier at a second hand book store and wish I had left it there Confusing,messy and sloppy storylines And I skim read the last half of the book which always makes me grumpy that I felt like I had to do that


    27. Avvertenze provoca stati comatosi e abbioccanti.Mantenere l attenzione capitolo dopo capitolo stata un impresa titanica Ma ad un certo punto ho gettato la spugna e me so fatta na bella dormita


    28. I went through several opinions of this long, meandering novel as I was reading it I didn t particularly warm to the first third practically all the characters were unlikeable and hard to relate to, the story was difficult to piece together, and there was an apparent backstory regarding the continuing characters that was almost impossible to discern But the second third perked me up a very intriguing scenario finally became clearer, and the characters started behaving like actual human beings i [...]


    29. Forse questo vale per gli altri,ma io non ucciderei mai per questa ragione, anzi, per nessuna ragione.Metterei in discussione qualsiasi movente e alla fine lo farei a pezzi.Io sarei capace di uccidere solo nel modo in cui ho ucciso Francine senza una ragione, perch esattamente cos che successo, l ho fatto e basta.L ho fatto e basta , ribad in tono pacato.Se mi dicessero di leggere altri romanzi di Sophie Hannan al momento sono pi che convinta che mi rifiuterei categoricamenteMa innanzitutto devo [...]


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