HURTING DISTANCE by SOPHIE HANNAH.
FIRST SENTENCE: This is not my story.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: (Part ll, chapter 21, Page 288) 'Unusual name, isn't it? Sarge? What's-'
MY THOUGHTS: Naomi Jenkins and Robert Haworth are in love. They conduct their extra-marital affair every Thursday, between 4pm and 7pm, from Room 11 in the Traveltel Hotel at Rawndsley East Services. But one day, Robert doesn't show up.... has something sinister happened to him? Or has he just ended things with Naomi suddenly?
With her second novel, Sophie Hannah has spun a dark, creepy and thrilling tale. Her first psychological thriller, Little Face, was a best seller and I feel that Hurting Distance is better still. The characters are tormented, brutal and shadowy, plus the storyline improves as the narrative goes on. Initially, I felt that the scenario was pretty unbelievable - but as it developed, I became immersed in the plot. When reading Little Face, at times I struggled to identify with the lead character. I was concerned that the same thing was happening leading up to the first major twist, but I soon realised that the characters and plotline was stronger this time round.
Hannah does a very special thing when she writes: she ensures that the reader feels constant and ever-changing emotion when thinking about the characters. I ran through a full range of reactions with the main character, Naomi Jenkins: I hated, pitied, and then sympathised with her at different points within the book. That in my humble opinion, means that the author has done her job properly.
LITERACY LABELS: Chilling, deep, memorable.