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The dead lie down
Sophie Hannah
Adult Fiction HANNAH

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Det. Sgt. Charlotte "Charlie" Zailer and Det. Constable Simon Waterhouse face one of their strangest cases yet in this superb thriller from Hannah (The Wrong Mother). Ruth Bussey, who suffered a violent attack years earlier, arrives at the police station in the English town of Spilling and explains that her boyfriend, painter Aidan Seed, confessed to murdering a woman named Mary Trelease. Charlie and Simon-who recently got engaged, despite their bizarre relationship-are reluctant to take Ruth seriously, especially after they learn that Mary, a reclusive painter, is alive and well. Ruth's insistence, bordering on the obsessive, prompts the detectives to start digging into Mary's history. The pair soon discover disturbing links to Aidan and the art world. When an actual murder is committed, Charlie and Simon must sort out what's real and what's imagined. A master of intricate plotting, Hannah seamlessly melds the police procedural with a gothic-inspired whodunit. 5-city author tour. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Ruth Bussey stops DS Charlotte Zailer in the police station's parking lot and tells her an unusual story. Her boyfriend, Aidan, thinks that he killed a woman named Mary Trelease. But Ruth has met Mary and knows that she is alive. Zailer and DC Simon Waterhouse take statements from Ruth, Aidan, and Mary on the supposition that they think something is going to happen. Set amid London's art scene, Hannah's latest psychological thriller (after The Wrong Mother and Little Face) gets bogged down with long conversations between the investigating officers, as they muse about what would cause someone to claim to have committed a murder that had not occurred. Verdict The plot is too uninteresting and the behavior of the characters too unnatural to engage readers. The author's fans are likely to be disappointed.-Linda Oliver, Colorado Springs (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Charlotte "Charlie" Zailer
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Engaged to Simon.
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Simon Waterhouse
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Ruth Bussey
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Her boyfriend confessed to murdering a woman she knows is alive.



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