Sunday 18 May 2014

Review: The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah

The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah
Hodder & Staughton
Release date:
24 April 2014
*** and a half
Back cover blurb:  Controversial newspaper columnist Damon Blundy has been murdered, and a woman who has never met him – housewife and mother Nicki Clements – is brought in for questioning. Nicki can’t answer any of the baffling questions detectives fire at her. She has no idea why a killer might use a knife in such an unusual way – a way that involves no stabbing or spilling of blood.  She doesn’t know what ‘HE IS NO LESS DEAD’ means, or why the murderer painted it on the wall of Damon Blundy’s study. And she can’t explain why she was so close to the crime scene – not without revealing the secret that could ruin her life. Because, although Nicki is not guilty of murder, she is far from innocent…

The Telling Error is another of those novels that has been on my 'to be read' list for ages and I was kindly granted authorisation by the publishers via netgalley whilst I was in Canada, and have literally only just gotten around to reading it.

The Telling Error is a complex story featuring the murder of controversial (and unpopular) newspaper columnist Damon Blundy. Nicki Clements is driving to her son's school to deliver his forgotten P.E. Kit when she sees the Police stopping vehicles in Elmhirst Lane where Blundy lived. Rather than waiting for instructions, Nicki does a u-turn to avoid the police. 

Unfortunately for her Nicki has to make several trips to the school that day, so when the Police view the CCTV footage from that day looking for clues and see a women behaving bizarrely, she becomes one of their prime suspects.

Of course, Nicki didn't kill Damon Blundy, but she can't answer the questions that the Police are throwing at her for fear that she will land herself in real trouble - with her family. For Nicki is deeply embroiled in an online relationship with a man that she has never met.

As the investigation in to Damon's murder gathers pace, detectives are told that Nicki Clements was having an affair with Damon Blundy. Was he really her online lover, or is someone trying to frame Nicki?
I really enjoyed the Telling Error, right up until the end. Whilst others may enjoy the uncertainty for Nicki following the uncovering and ending of her online affair, I didn't, and would like to know what happens next... but maybe Hannah has this in mind for a future novel.
The Telling Error is available from Amazon online and all good book shops.

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Thank you to the publishers who approved by request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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