Errm.. Excuse me- Did you see Melody?
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 not a bad read, but I can’t say it’s the best of Sophie Hannah. This is the 11th book I have read from her. I like Sophie Hannah. I loved the first 3 books in Culver Valley Series, but didn’t really like the rest. The 2 new Poirot books she wrote are not bad, but nowhere near Agatha Christie flavour. This book had the same problem with the latter Culver Valley series books or ‘A Game for All the Family’ for me. Over complicated explanations, illogical motives for the actions/crimes performed. It just doesn’t makes sense. I think Sophie Hannah is brilliant at writing uneasy, psychologically heavy scenes and plotting extremely complicated scenarios. But her protagonists, are identical. They are always female, in some sort of trouble, middle-classy white British female living a similar sort of life, although pushed out of their comfort zone, they are always good girls. I still 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. However I must say Hannah is repeating herself. I am looking forward reading something more original 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