Book Review : The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah

June 3, 2014 Book review 9 ★★★★

My initial thought when I closed this book was well that was a complete head-wreck but it all made perfect sense when revealed. If you like being tricked and confused by books as I do, then you need to meet the twisty Sophie Hannah.

Book Review : The Telling Error by Sophie HannahThe Telling Error by Sophie Hannah
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on 2014-04-24
Genres: Crime, Psychological, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Stuck in a traffic jam, Nicki Clements sees a face she hoped never to see again. It's definitely him, the same police officer, stopping each car on Elmhirst Road. Keen to avoid him, Nicki does a U-turn and makes a panicky escape. Or so she thinks.

The next day, Nicki is pulled in for questioning in connection with the murder of Damon Blundy, controversial newspaper columnist and resident of Elmhirst Road. Nicki can't answer any of the questions detectives fire at her. She has no idea why the killer used a knife in such a peculiar way, or why 'HE IS NO LESS DEAD' was painted on Blundy's study wall.

And she can't explain why she avoided Elmhirst Road that day without revealing the secret that could ruin her life. Because although Nicki is not guilty of murder, she is far from innocent . . .

First Life of Telling Error:

“Hello, females”.

My thoughts on The Telling Error:

From the very first line, this book is so puzzling. It is a personal add on a dating website that is one of the strangest things you’ll ever read. It sets out the murder scene for you and is looking for a reader of the add to make contact and solve the mystery? I had no idea for the longest time who wrote this and why but when it was revealed I was hopping with excitement. Of course that’s who wrote it!

I have read all the books in this series and I love them. You don’t need to read them in sequence but I’d recommend that you do as you will appreciate the tangled dynamics between the police force by doing it that way. Two of the detectives Simon and Charlie (who are now married) have the most complex relationship I have ever come across. Their love is genuine but very unique and I have loved watching this peculiar romance develop. If I was Charlie, I would have killed Simon by now and her acceptance of all his eccentricities show me just how deep her love for him is. And for all Simons odd ways, I love him.

I’d recommend the series just for those two characters alone. However, there is a lot more to these books than a quirky romance. Sophie Hannah’s writing is such a treat. She examines the ordinary but with such unique phrasing that my highlighter has to work overtime to keep up with me. Whether it’s dialogue, a wry observation or a character trait; I get suckered in and find myself thinking about it all long after I have put the book down.

And the mystery is mysterious! Just as it should be. Little clues are scatted but as I don’t have the brain of Simon, I never really see them. And I’m always wondering what the hell Simon is doing when he goes off on little tangents to solve the cases. Only to smile with appreciation when one and one finally make two. Overall I feel I can’t do this book justice with a review. Just download a sample for yourself and you’ll see what I mean about the fab writing style. Then sit down with lots of coffee and give your brain a workout and see if it can solve the mystery before Simon.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read The Telling Error?

If you like psychological thrillers; then you need to add not just this book but the whole series to your to-read list. Pronto! You are missing out until you do.

Thanks to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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9 Responses to “Book Review : The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah”

    • trish

      It’s no 9 in the series and it’s one of my favourite crime series. The writing is fab as is the tangled relationships between the police detectives. I’d recommend you give them a try if you ever have time!

    • trish

      Yes, it’s number 9. I do think most series would have lost my interest by now but there is just something about this one that keeps me intrigued. Sorry it didn’t work out so well for you but at least you were kept guessing 🙂

  1. Lark

    I keep hearing about this author! I definitely need to check her out. I love good plot-twists and psychological thrillers that keep you guessing. Thanks for reviewing this book. I’m going to have to go to the library and check out a stack of Hannah books to read this summer. 🙂
    Lark recently posted…Minaret by Leila Aboulela

    • trish

      Do, do! The first Sophie Hannah book I read had me hooked and our local bookshop had no more books by her. I loved her so much that I drove 90 minutes just to buy them! Obviously, it was pre kindle days 🙂 LOL

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