Kind Of Cruel by Sophie HannahKind Of Cruel by Sophie Hannah

Kind Of Cruel

bySophie Hannah

Paperback | August 6, 2013

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Amber Hewerdine has been suffering from chronic insomnia ever since her best friend's tragic death. 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 before.

Married detectives Charlotte "Charlie" Zailer and Simon Waterhouse are once again on the case, as the investigation unexpectedly reveals a shocking insight into Simon's psyche, in anothe gripping page-turner from the author of Lasting Damage.

Sophie Hannah is the author of seven internationally bestselling psychological thrillers published in twenty countries. The Other Half Lives was shortlisted for the 2010 Independent Bookseller’s Book of the Year Award. Little Face and Hurting Distance were longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, and L...
Title:Kind Of CruelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.3 × 5.28 × 0.97 inPublished:August 6, 2013Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143177370

ISBN - 13:9780143177371

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from I liked, didn't love ** POSSIBLE SPOILERS** I really like Sophie Hannah's books, but I kept getting confused thinking, "No, it can't be that character who did it... That's too obvious!" That was a little bit of a let down, but it was fun to read, I often didn't want to put it down, and even had my heart racing a couple times !
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Oh So Cruel and Unbearable After the first 100 pages the plot was thickening and it was quite entertaining to read about the main character Amber who came across as a sassy outspoken gal. However, she soon becomes boring along with the other main characters. As we plod through the rest of the book those same words ‘kind of cruel’ were repeated and repeated until they became unbearable. The story simply seemed to be about why ‘kind of cruel’ was written on a piece of paper. Although I did finish the book it wasn’t necessary as my interest in what ‘kind of cruel’ meant had disappeared. The plot and characters never improved and the ending was mediocre.
Date published: 2014-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from read advance copy I won an advance copy of this book as part of the free reads program on It was a great book once I figured out which character was speaking in italics, as they almost like chapters themselves, but I do have to admit that it took me most of the book to figure out who it was but it was a great read none the less.
Date published: 2013-07-31

Editorial Reviews

"An exploration of memory and the way trauma lives on in the present. Cool, calculating and utterly chilling, Kind of Cruel is another compulsive book from Hannah, to be gulped down with all the lights on and someone to grab when the sense of menace grows too great." - The Observer (UK)"[Hannah] has outdone herself with Kind of Cruel. . . . Her trademark precision-layered structure creates a multi-dimensional maze that holds at its centre a revelation which is truly hair-raising, even by Hannah's standards." - Independent on Sunday (UK)"An audacious puzzle of a novel that is impossible to second guess. There are clues on virtually every page but only when you reach the final chapter does it become apparent how they slot together. . . . Crime novels are often dismissed in literary circles for not being literary enough. Yet Kind of Cruel is exactly the intelligent, reflective and stunningly written novel that has 'literary' critics swooning and judging panels lining up to reward. The fact that it has a police investigation at its heart is a plus, not a minus, and makes for one hell of a journey." - Sunday Express (UK)