Sophie Hannah is the author of seven novels and is also an award-winning poet. Her new Hercule Poirot mystery, the first to be sanctioned by the Agatha Christie estate, will be published in September 2014. She lives in Cambridge, England, with her husband and two children.
Brilliantly executed psychological suspense” (Booklist, starred review) from the bestselling author of The Wrong Mother
With Kind of Cruel, Sophie Hannah made a splash with her first hardcover publication in the U.S. Acclaimed by reviewers, booksellers, and mystery lovers alike, this latest page-turner featuring the now-married detectives Charlotte Charlie” Zailer and Simon Waterhouse will enthrall even more of Hannah’s ever-growing readership in paperback.
Amber Hewerdine suffers from chronic insomnia. As a last resort, she visits a hypnotherapist, doubtful that anything will really change. Under hypnosis, Amber hears herself saying, Kind, cruel, kind of cruel.” The words awaken a vague memory, but she dismisses the whole episode as nonsense. Two hours later, however, Amber is arrested for the brutal murder of a woman she’s never heard of, and the only way she can clear her name is by remembering exactly where she’s seen those words. Waterhouse is once again on the case, but as the investigation continues, domestic bliss proves elusive when Zailer ends up being a witness.