Category: Fiction / General
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 7 August 2008
Number of pages: 464
Sally is watching the news with her husband when she hears a name she ought not to recognise: Mark Bretherick. Last year, a work trip Sally had planned was cancelled at the last minute. Desperate for a break from her busy life juggling work and a young family, Sally didnt tell her husband that the trip had fallen through. Instead, she booked a week off work and treated herself to a secret holiday. All she wanted was a bit of peace some time to herself but it didnt work out that way. Because Sally met a man Mark Bretherick. All the details are the same: where he lives, his job, his wife Geraldine and daughter Lucy. Except that the man on the news is a man Sally has never seen before. And Geraldine and Lucy Bretherick are both dead ...
What the papers say:
'Once again, Hannah's distinctive mix of first and third-person narratives creates a bewitchingly elaborate plot - the theme of parents' ambivalence towards their children gives it real emotional substance' -- The Sunday Times Sophie Hannah just gets better and better, with experience adding rocket fuel to her already high-octane yarns ... Brilliantly cunning and entirely unpredictable. -- Guardian 'The tension is screwed ever tighter until the final shocking outcome' -- Barry Forshaw, Daily Express 'Hannah is an expert in creepy scenarios and plot twists that keep you guessing until the last page. The tension doesn't slacken for a second.' -- Grazia 'For those who demand emotional intelligence and literary verve from their thrillers, Sophie Hannah is the writer of choice. THE POINT OF RESCUE, her third, combines a creepily irresistible page-turner with an exploration of motherhood's taboos.' -- Guardian 'Sophie Hannah's ingenious, almost surreal mysteries are so intricately constructed that it's impossible to guess how they will end ... A compelling and disquieting story, told with the author's usual panache.' -- Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph Every so often a writer comes along whose freshness and originality blows the competition out of the water. .Genuinely gripping, full of the unseen and yet fitting twists and turns that make good quality crime fiction such a pleasure -- Yorkshire Post 'I've just discovered this wonderful writer. Her book captures you from the first line and you carry on reading even if you fear the worst is going to happen. This is as page-turning as it is beautifully written.' -- Katie Fforde writing in, Gloss 'Given the quality of crime fiction around it is no surprise that the genre is now the most popular in Britain. One relatively new writer establishing herself at the top of the tree is Sophie Hannah, whose three novels are characterised by their terrifyingly creepy plots. . Hannah is excellent at conveying the bewilderment that bubbles up as seemingly related events unfold. This is an original and cleverly-plotted novel with terrific characterisation. It's intricate threads will take you down blind alleys without you ever guessing the outcome.' -- Daily Express Hannah doesn't allow the tension to slacken for a second in this addictive, brilliantly chilling thriller. -- Marie Claire Book of the Month 'Brilliantly creepy' -- Red Magazine '[Hannah] left me desperate to know what would happen, and I kept turning those pages, even though reading it at times was a little exhausting. The Point of Rescue is a huge, complicated, jigsaw-puzzle of a novel. But, as the final piece slotted into place, there was one thing I was sure of: the effort was worthwhile.' -- www.vulpeslibris. com 'Hannah has established herself as a writer of offbeat thrillers that skilfully play on contemporary anxieties about motherhood and marriage... What keeps one reading is the creepy plausibility the author brings to her portrayal of a mind unhinged by the demands of parenthood.' -- The Times I'm surprised I had any nails left by the end of this addictive thriller. -- Eve 'Hannah constructs a thriller that twists and turns satisfyingly through a series of ever-more surprising revelations.' -- The Sunday Times This disturbing tale is a cut above the average crime thriller, with an intelligent and inventive plot that raises questions about identity, guilt and the taboo of unfulfilling motherhood. -- Psychologies A great read and an involving thriller -- She 'Newest star of psychological suspense genre' -- Bookseller 'Tension, thy name is Sophie Hannah. In The Point of Rescue, murder, false identity and infidelity are the tools Hannah deploys to create a plausible but edge-of-your-seat read.' -- Independent 'Hannah's gift for creating real, three-dimensional characters and placing them in extraordinary situations results in a thriller so entertaining you might consider sharing it with everyone one you know... But I suspect, instead you'll keep it to yourself and read it again and again.' -- Daily Record 'Engrossing thriller' -- Guardian (pb review) For those who demand emotional intelligence and literary verve from their thrillers, Sophie Hannah is the writer of choice. THE POINT OF RESCUE, her third, combines a creepily irresistible page-turner with an exploration of motherhood's taboos. -- Justine Jordan, Guardian Hannah is an expert in creepy scenarios and plot twists that keep you guessing until the last page. The tension doesn't slacken for a second. -- Grazia 'utterly enthralling ' -- leftroom.co.uk (blog) 'an original and entertaining read' -- The Bookling (blog) Hannah has established herself as a writer of offbeat thrillers that skilfully play on contemporary anxieties about motherhood and marriage. What keeps one reading is the creepy plausibility the author brings to her portrayal of a mind unhinged by the demands of parenthood. -- Christine Koning The Times Hannah constructs a thriller that twists and turns satisfyingly through a series of ever-more surprising revelations. -- The Sunday Times 'And, as for the resolution...Sophie Hannah's mind must be something of a modern marvel: she plots with such incredible intricacy and foresight that when the ends all tied themselves together so neatly, I gasped with the cleverness of it all. I'd hesitate to describe this book as light reading: take it to the beach by all means, but it's not one you'll be able to enjoy under the influence of a cocktail. It's a book that needs - and luckily deserves - to be read twice... The Point of Rescue is a huge, complicated, jigsaw-puzzle of a novel. But, as the final piece slotted into place, there was one thing I was sure of: the effort was worthwhile' -- vulpes libris (online) 'The Point of Rescue is Sophie Hannah's third psychological thriller and simply confirms what was obvious from the previous two - she is a more than talented author. Those who know her work as a poet will not be surprised by her ability to write with sensitivity and a real ear for the rhythms of the language, what becomes apparent in these three books, however, is her equally formidable ability to plot and to create and sustain realistic characters.' -- review from librarything.com 'Tension, thy name is Sophie Hannah. In THE POINT OF RESCUE, murder, false identity and infidelity are thet tools Hannah deploys to create a plausible but edge-of-your-seat read.' -- Independent 'The new, queen-in-waiting of psychological crime.' -- Maxim Jakubowki 'Hannah's terrain is the domestic world, the world of families and the secrets they maintain, and she illuminates with unflinching honesty the pressures and challenges that face working mothers. Her characterisation is first-rate and there is much to be enjoyed in the tetchy interaction of the police team. The sinuous plot contains a jaw-dropping revelation and some neat final twists' -- Cath Staincliffe, Tangled Web 'As with her previous novels, Sophie Hannah brings a fresh approach to the mystery novel. Her novels look like puzzles, where pieces are held by different characters, police investigators and people involved in the mystery. If the truth might seem a bit far fetched, the story is gripping from the start, and the characters are well drawn and believable. An intricate story and a fascinating exploration of the dark side of motherhood' -- discussing-books.com 'Statistics show that more and more women are committing acts of "family annihilation". In THE POINT OF RESCUE Sophie Hannah tackles this distressing subject with sensitivity, while spinning a cracking story.' -- Daily Telegraph 'Statistics show that more and more women are committing acts of "family annihilation". In THE POINT OF RESCUE Sophie Hannah tackles this distressing subject with sensitvity, while spinning a cracking story.' -- Daily Telegraph 'Paced like a ticking time bomb with flawlessly distinct characterization, this is a fiercely fresh and un-putdownable read' -- Publishers Weekly (called THE WRONG MOTHER in USA)
Sophie Hannah is a best-selling, award-winning poet. Her latest collection, First of the Last Chances, was chosen for the Poetry Book Society's Next Generation promotion in June 2004. She regularly performs her poetry to live audiences nationwide and abroad, and recently won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her psychological suspense story The Octopus Nest. Little Face is her first psychological crime novel. Sophie lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and two children.
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