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the other half lives
by Sophie Hannah | Mystery & Thrillers
Registered by LindyLouMac of Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom on 1/27/2010
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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Journal Entry 1 by LindyLouMac from Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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Product Description: Amazon
Ruth Bussey knows what it means to be in the wrong - and to be wronged. She once did something she regrets, and was punished excessively for it. Now Ruth is trying to rebuild her life and has found a love she doesn't believe she deserves. Aidan Seed is a passionate, intense man who has also been damaged by his past. Desperate to connect with the woman he loves, he confides his secret: he killed a woman called Mary Trelease.

Through her shock, Ruth recognises the name. And when she's realised why it's familiar, her fear and revulsion deepen. The Mary Trelease that Ruth knows is very much alive... 

Journal Entry 2 by LindyLouMac at Viterbo, Lazio Italy on Monday, April 18, 2011

7 out of 10

Not quite as enthralling as the previous three novels I have read by Sophie Hannah, as I found it confusing and had to keep checking back to remind myself of what was happening. Thank goodness I was not reading this in eBook format, as it is much harder to flip backwards and forwards. Once again it is Sophie Hannah’s now signature format of a psychological thriller and the police officers Simon Waterhouse and Charlie Zailer from her previous novels are investigating the case. It does not matter though if you have not read her previous novels as apart from the reappearance of some of the characters in the police force the main theme of the story is unconnected. The only thing you will have missed out on is the changing relationship between Simon and Charlie, by the way the Charlie is female for those of you that might be wondering.

The mystery of this novel is really weird and certainly makes you think. The female protagonist is Ruth Bussey a young lady who has moved to a new area to try and rebuild her life, after past mistakes for which she has been punished excessively'. To her disbelief she befriends and falls in love Adrian Seed who proves to be very intense. The problems start when in an attempt to show Ruth how much he loves her he confides in her, that he once killed someone. When he tells Ruth she is stunned as she recognises the name, Mary Trelease, as that of someone she knows to be very much alive! Ruth is already struggling with her own dark secrets when Aidan unburdens himself and this announcement leaves her feeling both confused and terrified.

Ruth for reasons that will be revealed if you read the book decides to get in touch with policewoman Charlie Zailer whom she feels will be sympathetic to her dilemma. The story builds with narrative from Ruth, Charlie and Simon as this chilling tale of desperate relationships unfolds. It has so many twists and turns along the way, which is what I found a tad confusing and the reason I had to keep checking back, to get my facts straight. Nothing is clear in this novel as all the characters have a different take on reality.

I will be very surprised if this does not keep even the most avid crime fan guessing, enough said now as I do not include spoilers.

If you have not yet discovered this author for yourself, I recommend all her novels, she has converted me to reading a genre I had previously tended to avoid.

Journal Entry 3 by LindyLouMac at At my house!, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Monday, April 18, 2011

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Journal Entry 4 by Melamura at Montefiascone, Lazio Italy on Monday, July 18, 2011

7 out of 10

This is the third book by Sophie Hannah that I have read. The previous two (Hurting Distance and The Point of Rescue) were better than this one. I also found myself having to check back with the characters when I got a bit confused. I got a bit bored in the middle but I refused to give up, as I wanted to know how it ended. Would still like to read Little Face though, as this was her first novel.  

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