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It is so nice to read a mystery novel where you don't see the ending coming from the start but this is the case with Sophie Hannah's exciting tale. The culprit of the mysterious goings on is clearly hinted at part way through the story but it is the motive behind them that keeps you guessing. Arguably, this is because when the solution does arrive it is somewhat farfetched however, its a beautiful twist which will leave you just the right level of surprised and satisfied with the conclusion.
The story centres around Amber Hewerdine; an insomniac, who goes to a hypnotherapist as a last resort and whilst 'under' utters the words "kind, cruel, kind of cruel". She does not understand the significance of these words nor in fact remember where she has seen or heard them before but when she unwittingly reveals to a police officer what she said she finds that they are the only clue in an otherwise dead end murder case. This in itself is an ingenious idea as it leaves the reader wondering what these words mean, what relevance they have to the case and why they would come to Amber in a state of hypnosis.
In a similar fashion there are a number of seemingly unconnected unanswered questions throughout the story which not only give the reader a desire to find the answer but also to discover how they all connect.
The book is written in a largely simple style making it accessible and easy to keep turning the pages.