Woman with a Secret: A Novel by Sophie HannahWoman with a Secret: A Novel by Sophie Hannah

Woman with a Secret: A Novel

bySophie Hannah

Paperback | April 12, 2016

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Monogram Murders—in the ranks of Ruth Rendell, Deborah Crombie, Kimberly McCreight, and Tana French—makes her William Morrow debut with a dark and chilling psychological thriller in which a woman desperate to hide a devastating secret in her past is drawn into a murder investigation.

Traffic on Elmhirst Road has come to a halt. The police are stopping cars, searching for something. Nicki Clements waits patiently, until she glimpses a face she hoped she’d never see again. It’s him—and he’s the cop checking each car. Desperate to avoid him, she makes a panicky U-turn and escapes.

But Nicki’s peculiar behavior did not go unnoticed, and now the police have summoned her for questioning. A resident of Elmhirst Road has been murdered—a controversial newspaper columnist named Damon Blundy. The detectives begin peppering her with questions. Why was she seen fleeing the scene? What is her connection to the victim? Why was the knife that killed him used in such a peculiar way? Why were the words “HE IS NO LESS DEAD” painted on the wall of Blundy’s study—and what do they signify?

One simple answer could clear her. But she can’t explain why she fled Elmhirst Road that day without revealing the secret that could ruin her.

Nicki isn’t guilty of murder. But she’s far from innocent. . . . 

Sophie Hannah was born in 1971 in Manchester, England. She is a bestselling, award-winning poet. Hannah went to the University of Manchester and published her first book of poems, The Hero and the Girl Next Door, at the age of 24. In 2004 she won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her psychologica...
Title:Woman with a Secret: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:April 12, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780062388278

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was ok I wouldn't say this is a thriller but a good old fashion mystery. The last 50 pages were more "page turning" then the rest of the book but the explanation of the mystery was so complex I was quite impressed by the author's ability to come up with it! Points for that! In hindsight (and before the end) I realized every woman in the book has a secret. So who you initially think the woman with a secret is may not actually be who the title is about. Again - points! It's not your typical "who done it" as the concept of lies and truth and "is it always better to tell the truth" is a strong one throughout the book. The pace was fast enough to keep me reading and interested in the "why" and the "who". I found the murder victim's blog entries a bit distracting and at first didn't understand the relevance, which became clearer the more you read. Speaking of relevance- the use of social media and online communication was well thought out. Some authors seem to throw it in and not tie it to the story- here it's part of the story and is well thought out - points again! There are almost too many characters. I couldn't keep the detectives straight. However the number of suspects only adds to the mystery. Overall I enjoyed the book, more than I enjoyed Gone Girl and about the same as I enjoyed Girl On The Train.
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars This book started very promising. Rich vocabulary, detailed descriptions, interesting premise. However, soon it became a little tedious and boring due to absolutely unnecessary showcase of policemen and their family and friends' lives. It doesn't add anything to the plot, nor really enriches characters. This book could've been easily shortened by 100-150 pages and this would increase the suspense. The ending was very disappointing for me. It was obvious, not very believable. If that was me, I would've twisted it up a notch and made this a little more "psychological". Objectively though, this is not a bad book and I believe it will find its devoted reader.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! Very suspenseful! I would definitely recommend this book because it increases your heart rate.Page turner!
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this one! Excellent read! Very suspenseful!
Date published: 2016-06-18

Editorial Reviews

“Witty and suspenseful...moves with the speed and unpredictability of a pinball. The author portions out Nicki’s secrets in ways that both heighten tension and increase sympathy for this unusual protagonist.”