Author(s): Sophie Hannah
Crime Fiction | No Category
What if having a best friend was the most dangerous thing you could do? A killer that the police are calling 'Billy Dead Mates' is murdering pairs of best friends, one by one. Before they die, each victim is given a small white book...For months, detectives have failed to catch Billy, or work out what the white books mean. And then a woman, scared by what she's seen on the news, comes forward. Stand-up comedian Kim Tribbeck has one of Billy's peculiar little books. A stranger gave it to her at a gig she did a year ago. Was he Billy, and does he want to kill her? Kim has no friends and trusts no one, so how - and why - could she possibly be Billy Dead Mates' next target? This is the next chilling novel from the queen of psychological crime - a literary puzzle set to unlock the dark side of the mind ...
THE NARROW BED introduces us to Sophie Hannah's possibly most entertaining character yet ... the central plot is eventually explained with Hannah's powers of outrageous cunning at full blast. Sunday Express The solution to the crimes is one of her most ingenious and also adroitly contributes to a current debate; though to say which would be to spoil the fine Agatha Christie-style denouement. Sunday Times As with previous books much of the enjoyment here is in the psychological acuity. Although she is praised for the twistiness of her plots, Hannah's real gift is in revealing the contorted and convoluted nature of the human heart: a place where honesty is not the same as decency, guilt is not the same as wrong and where truthfulness and kindness can be poles apart. Scotland on Sunday
Sophie Hannah is a bestselling crime fiction writer and poet. Her psychological thrillers - which include Little Face, Hurting Distance, Kind of Cruel, The Carrier, The Telling Error and A Game for All the Family - have received critical acclaim and have been translated into more than twenty languages. The Carrier won the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year 2013. Sophie's books have been listed for multiple other industry awards. Little Face was longlisted for the 2007 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and the IMPAC Award, Hurting Distance was longlisted for the 2008 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, and The Other Half Lives was shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award and a Barry Award. The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives have been adapted for television as Case Sensitive, starring Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd. Sophie is also the author of The Monogram Murders, the first Hercule Poirot mystery to be written and published since Agatha Christie's death and approved by her estate. Sophie's fifth collection of poetry, Pessimism for Beginners, was the Poetry Book Society's Winter Choice in 2007 and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Award, and in 2004 she won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her psychological suspense story The Octopus Nest. Sophie's poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK. From 1997 to 1999 she was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge, and between 1999 and 2001 she was a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. She is currently a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children. Visit Sophie's website, www.sophiehannah.com, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/sophiehannahCB1, and find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sophiehannahauthor.