Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah. Read April 2014.

“Some secrets are so dark you keep them even from yourself”
The seventh in the Spilling CID series, this is a cleverly written psychological thriller that kept me enthralled from beginning to end. I’m glad I was able to read it over a couple of days, because if I’d had to keep putting it aside and returning to it I might have lost the thread of the complex links between events and characters.
Amber is a highly intelligent character but her behaviour is full of contradictions. For example, anyone who has suffered from insomnia for any length of time will understand the desperation to find a way to sleep again, but some of Amber’s habits appear designed to keep sleep at bay.
As the plot develops, the author examines the relationships between Amber’s extended family and friends – a collection of toxic relationships that the participants believe appear normal on the surface.
These relationships form the background to the police investigation into three crimes and we also learn more about the main recurring characters in the series, leaving me looking forward to the next instalment.
Highly recommended.

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