Cara Burrows flees from her family. She is ultra angry about something that’s not revealed to the reader. Wasting away a big chunk of their savings she flies away from her family drama to Arizona, miles away from her Hertfordshire home, to stay in a 5 star holiday resort. Then something really weird happens. (As it always does in Sophie Hannah novels) She is sent to a non-vacant room by mistake of the receptionist. In this room there is a teenage girl and a man. But things get even weirder. Cara discovers that the girl could be Melody Chappa- America’s most famous murder victim. Her parents are jailed, serving a life long sentence. Could this girl really be Melody? Cara is spiraled into this mystery…
I am not going to tell you more about the plot as I fear I might reveal too much. This book was a good read, offering tension and hooking the reader until the end with questions. This is the 11th book I have read from her. I REALLY like Sophie Hannah. I loved the first 3 books in Culver Valley Series, she’s writing very complex and clever plots… The 2 new Poirot books she wrote are quite good, although not as much as our dear Christie.(No one can be as good as Christie, but Hannah is very near being as good)
Have you Seen Melody had the same problem with the latter Culver Valley series books or ‘A Game for All the Family’ for me. Some over complicated explanations, illogical motives for the actions/crimes performed. I think Sophie Hannah is brilliant at writing uneasy, psychologically heavy scenes and plotting extremely complicated scenarios. But some explanations are defying logic, sometimes 🙂
Her protagonists, are mostly female, in some sort of trouble, middle-classy white British living a similar slice of life, although pushed out of their comfort zone, they are always good girls. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading Hannah’s books though, despite the insane explanations in the end her novels are always gripping and hooks you in until the end. And her writing has good quality- no one will object that I guess. Most people who give her 1 or 2 star reviews are usually unhappy about the ending.
I loved the ending of this book. I think the end chapter was the best part. Nicely done!
I would recommend this book if you like reading mystery. Did you see Melody is much better than most trashy-thrillers. I am looking forward reading something original again from her. She’s a great writer and I will definitely read her next book.
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If you liked this book, you will like A Game for All the Family, Culver Valley Series, by Sophie Hannah, also Try Not to Breathe by Holly Sethon
Thanks for your enjoyable review Ova. I actually read this book and I agree with you. The end was the best part. And I liked that there were many characters to create a deep enough story. I’m a bit surprised with the Goodreads score as I thought it was better than many mysteries out there. Keep writing 🙂 xx
thank Umut. You should read other books of Hannah!