Queen of psychological crime Sophie Hannah returns with a chilling new Culver Valley crime novel.
A killer that the police are calling "Billy Dead Mates" is murdering pairs of best friends one by one. Before they die, each victim is given a small white book....
For months detectives have failed to catch Billy or work out what the white books mean. And then a woman, scared by what she's seen on the news, comes forward. Stand-up comedian Kim Tribbeck has one of Billy's peculiar little books. A stranger gave it to her at a gig she did a year ago. Was he Billy, and does he want to kill her? Kim has no friends and trusts no one. How - and why - could she possibly be Billy Dead Mates' next target?
©2016 Sophie Hannah (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
This audiobook is going to require at least another listening before I can make up my mind whether I enjoyed it or not - up until halfway through I found the number of characters (particularly in the police) and the story hard to follow. One of the downsides of audiobooks is you can't flick back a page or two to remind you who's who. During the second half once I figured things out - I enjoyed the story and the narration. The writing was descriptive and making the lead character quite un-likeable was an interesting choice. The plot left a lot of unanswered questions.Such as what happened with Kim's ex-husband and what the point of the sub plot with Charlie and her sister was, or what happened to Sondra.
I'd read another book by the author, but perhaps not audio book
I found this book because I really enjoyed Julia Barrie's narration of I Let You Go.
I love history, crime and thrillers, biographies and almost anything by the BBC.
The story is told from a first person narrator the stand up comic Kim and third person narration for the police team leading the investigation. The first person narration is actually the supposed reading of a book Kim has written about her brush with the law and a murder mystery in which she should have been a victim. Books are at the heart of this tale and the killer's motive is closely linked to books too. The motive for the killings is perhaps one of the most ridiculous I have ever read and the police work is so far from any semblance of reality that suspension of disbelief is stretched to the utmost limit.
However the reason why I listened to this book straight through was the humour - there are passages which had me in stitches especially Kim's sex-mad lover who verges on the autistic. Her description of life with her husband is highly amusing and various scenes involving the police characters are also very funny.
The sub plot of Charley trailing her sister is also beyond credibility but also entertaining especially when Kim gets involved in this saga.
As a murder mystery I could not honestly rate this book very highly but as a tale of human foibles and eccentricities it does a great job of entertainment. The narrator was very good.
Yes, because I follow the Culver Valley series. I don't want to miss anything about the various characters.
Yes, if they were Sophie Hannah fans and had read other Culver Valley books.
It's pretty good.
Yes, but I wish it hadn't been so long-winded. Once one knew who the villain was, there was too much left to listen to.
I hope the next one is as good as the ones before this one.
Artist and Writer
I find this whole series strange, but completely gripping. I have to try and ration my helpings so I don't finish the same day I start!
Beautifully read and really interesting plot until about three quarters of the way through when it just got silly. Really disappointing.
I have rarely "read" a more boring book and I gave it my best giving up 5 hours from the end ...perhaps the unnecessarily complicated and verbose structure required two narrators to bring it to life and reduce the boredom of long passages where the author pontificates (no other word for it really) about "feminism".
Please don't mislead people by calling it a " detective story" and there is nothing "thrilling" about it at all.
I absolutely savoured all of this book. Didn't realise it was part of a series. I will have to check out all the others now.
Wonderfully read too.
It lumbered along and kept treating the characters as idiots.
It did not live up to the synopsis
The quality of the material she had to work with
It' s always a treat when there' s a new Sophie Hannah book. The stories are different and keep you guessing until the end. I like the quirky characters of Charlie and Simon and the humour that is woven into the story. This story is quite unlikely, but still I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.
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