Lasting Damage by Sophie Hannah. Read April 2014.

“Your eyes tell you one thing…your husband says another…which do you trust?”
It’s quite a while since I read the previous instalment in Sophie Hannah’s Spilling CID series, but the recurring characters are so well developed that starting Lasting Damage felt like going to a slightly uncomfortable works reunion.
The plot of this story is so clever it made me want to applaud. The only way I could have guessed what was going on would have been to call in Jonathan Creek to read over my shoulder.
Family dynamics are stretched and examined to the nth degree. I think we could all recognise at least some of the characters in our own families and I might be looking at those family members differently from now on.
The reader gains some knowledge earlier than the police, always a good feeling, and there are some disturbing and upsetting mental images conjured up as the story develops.
A first rate psychological thriller that I highly recommend.



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