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Sophie Hannah - a game for all the family

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Noeuf Tue 12-Jan-16 14:24:43

Now I know,why it was only £3 - one of those books where nothing would happen like that.

Clarella Tue 12-Jan-16 14:32:30


Hygge Tue 12-Jan-16 14:45:53

All of her books are books where nothing would happen like that.

I haven't read this one because I've promised myself I'm not going to get sucked into her books any more.

They always sound really good, then you read them and they are bizarre and really not worth it.

Noeuf Tue 12-Jan-16 15:03:16

Don't read it. The dialogue is shit, the storyline is shit - it depends on every single character yet acting in a way that no normal.human being would act.

I paid a pound for one of her books. Even that was overpricedgrin

Noeuf Tue 12-Jan-16 19:17:47

Ha! Some of them are okay though, I remember when she wrote her first book and it was a welcome change from chicklit

Tbh it was probably just changing from chit lit <cringe> to something different that made it seem ok grin

Noeuf Tue 12-Jan-16 19:44:47

Yeah that's probably true. I remember a memoire stage at around the same time....

Hygge Tue 12-Jan-16 23:15:41

I remember thinking the first one, about the baby, was okay. But each one after went further downhill and into the realms of the bizarre.

That one about the shadow and the handbag, the one where the people made a whole big production about the number of their house, the one with the locked rooming the rented house those are the ones I hated the most, but the rest are just as terrible.

Noeuf Wed 13-Jan-16 17:26:17

Oh yes, actually I'm not sure why I'm surprised. This one is utterly dreadful. I've just finished it and I cannot believe it got published.

Scoopmuckdizzy Wed 13-Jan-16 18:19:49

I enjoyed some of her earlier ones but the last few have been terrible. I didn't even bother with looking at this one.

StealthPolarBear Wed 13-Jan-16 18:23:49

Yes I agree ( although I know I'll still read this onr)
It's like a really good Agatha Christie but without the decent conclusion

simpson Wed 13-Jan-16 18:26:57

I was desperate to read this book (on the kindle) after looking at the blurb (before it had been released).

Luckily I found it in the library so did not have to shell out £££ and could not agree more. I was very disappointed with it sad

ShatnersBassoon Wed 13-Jan-16 18:31:04

Oh bugger, I bought it in the supermarket yesterday because it was cheaper than a magazine. I haven't read anything else by her and thought it sounded interesting.

Noeuf Wed 13-Jan-16 19:05:20

Oh well at least it was cheap....

Noeuf Wed 13-Jan-16 19:06:48

I quite like her police series actually. I just have no clue as this got published. None of the plotline hangs on anything more than a threat and it depends on all.the characters indulging each other's bizarre suggestions.

BrianButterfield Sat 16-Jan-16 18:23:57

I just read this based on this thread as I was so curious and I have honestly enjoyed other books of hers.

Well, what a barge of lard. I mean, really, WTF? It was so bizarre, convoluted and I couldn't see why people just went along with things without saying "now hang on a moment..."

Plus the "feeling" about the house with the dogs is never explained, so it all kind of hinges on this being true. As if you'd just put someone up that you'd sold a dog to the week before as well! And, I might add, I have read a LOT of Year 9 writing - I mean, a LOT, and despite the efforts to make it teenagery neither Ellen nor George's writing was remotely plausible, even allowing for some dramatic effect.

saltedcaramelhotchoc Sat 16-Jan-16 19:40:40

I loved her first books but recently have been increasingly irritated by her convoluted and utterly insane plots and I think she needs an editor with a sharper hand!

Noeuf Sat 16-Jan-16 19:42:18

Brian, that made me laugh.I've tried books that got good reviews on here before! Agree with both, wonder what sales are like.

StealthPolarBear Sat 16-Jan-16 19:47:28

Ok I bought it

Noeuf Sat 16-Jan-16 20:01:53

Argh stealth, could we not save you?

thedevilinside Sat 16-Jan-16 22:18:32

First book, I have read from her, and it will be the last, awful

BrianButterfield Sat 16-Jan-16 22:29:23

She has done better than that. Although I get so fed up with the police ones with all the back stories between the detectives I don't care about and can never remember from one book to the next.

Also her characters have odd names, but Ruth Rendell always did that too.

ApplebyMennym Sat 16-Jan-16 22:50:38

Barge of lard 😁😁 I'm going to read it soon, borrowing from my mum. I will withhold judgement!

Noeuf Sat 16-Jan-16 22:51:35

Her early ones were good but I wonder if that's because the genre was new then?

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