[PDF/EBOOK] The Carrier AUTHOR Sophie Hannah – DOC & Kindle ePUB
I like Sophie Hannah s *books I always know when I pick one up that all my spare time will *I always know when I pick one up that all my spare time will devoted to it her writing is very compelling But I don t always like her characters or her characterisation She tends to tell rather than show For instance and I ve complained about this before Giles Proust is set up as some kind of tyrannical monster but I see no evidence in his actual behaviour on screen of his being anything other than a cranky slightly sarcastic man You d think for a writer as talented as Sophie Hannah that she d be able to show of his evil ways so I don t have to rely on other character s opinions as to how bad he is Or maybe I m ust missing something But it was the same
WITH THE TIM BREARY CHARACTER WENT ON ABOUT the Tim Breary character Everyone on about he was so amazing and special and messianic but he was ust a stupid plonker Everything I read of his behaviour made me think he needed a slap upside the head and I only had the other character s word for it that he was worth all the trouble they went to But again maybe I m missing something clever and subtle here All the characters were terrible people in this they all needed to be locked out of the way somewhere It s indicative of Sophie Hannah s writing talent that I kept reading even though everyone was so infuriating Why do I never learn The next time I decide to spend my hard earned cash on a Sophie Hannah book I want someone to give me a slap A proper big roundhouse slap to the head and when I ve picked myself up off the floor to lead me gently away and say in a sad tone Celina Celina do you never learn Can t you see how this is going to end or not end as is always the case Did the steaming pile of horse manure that was Kind of Cruel teach you nothing You know the plot is going to be a labyrinthian pile of nonsense that the same unattractive characters are going to have the same annoying arguments over and over again that Hannah will write herself utterly into a corner in an attempt to marry the ridiculous motivations of her protagonists with some semblance of narrative sanity Don t you remember that you finish every book she writes running the gamut of emotions from bafflement to annoyance to teeth grinding fury WHY DO YOU NEVER LEARN All right enough facetiousness The Carrier tells the story of the investigation into Francine Breary s death Her husband has confessed to killing her this is not a spoiler but says he doesn t know why he did it That s about it for the mystery although a second murder is thrown in at the end for reasons that I cannot comprehend even now apart from possibly putting something into the story to give the reader back their will to live The big plot twist left me completely nonplussed as I assumed the characters had been doing that all along well why wouldn t you This gets an extra star for a laugh I got from one conversation between Simon and Charlie and for the uniue trick of actually making me feel a measure of sympathy for Proust at one pointThe thing is I would love to read something that Sophie Hannah writes that isn t set in blasted Spilling I reckon she could write a literary psychological thriller that knocks something like dull as carrots The Goldfish into a cocked hat But I guess these ridiculous procedurals are too profitable for her publisher to give her the chanceNow if you ll excuse me I have to go give myself a slap This review may contain some spoilers The first of which is that it is an oddly terrible book I have never believed that you need to like or be able to relate to a character in a novel to enjoy it to the fullest but you do need to find their actions feasible in whatever stretched reality the author chooses to construct Characters like Patrick Bateman are fantastical misallocations of reality but appear all too credible With an authors skill their choices make sense albeit in a warped worldIn the carrier the author rather lazily puts three to four characters at the core of the plot who are both utterly befuddling and annoying There is the high king of passive aggression called of all things Tim whose friends seem to believe he is some form of the messiah and act accordingly Tim in what the reader begins to suspect is a classic Tim move has a really mean girlfriend and instead of deciding that losing her number might be a plan marries her thereby ensuring his life is total hell One of the signs that he is making a mistake is that post agreeing to marry her he suffers from a recurring nightmare that she wants to kill him This does not lead to any second guessing of his decision His friends are even inane not only do they accept the dreadfulness they twist their lives around like pretzels to accommodate it Lastly a woman who is depicted as smart capable and in charge follows Tim honestly the Tim bit kills me around through his entire martyrdom Having characters who are inexplicable in a psychological drama is a fundamental flaw from which this novel reels around in a sl. An edge of your seat novel from the phenomenal Sophie HannahWhen her plane is delayed overnight Gaby Struthers finds herself forced to share a hotel room with a stranger a terrified young woman named Lauren Cookson but why is she scared of Ow motion car crash only punctuated by snorts of derision There are some great sparks and the author can write really well and the final twist does bring some redemption but by the eighth in the series I would have smothered the lot of them with a pillow Warning if you want to read a Sophie Hannah book DO NOT choose this one firstI am usually gripped by Hannah s books she s a fluent and engaging author her books are well plotted and the twist is difficult to work out until very late on The Carrier began promisingly but I fully got the feeling the author got bored or distracted whilst writing it The logic behind Francine s death is something I still *don t understand and the reasons why all the characters got tangled up *t understand and the reasons why all the characters got tangled up this web of lies still isn t clear Hannah s characters are always psychologically complex as everyone is and in her other books the relationships between the characters are logical Unfortunately this one was beyond the realm of my belief in Sophie Hannah and her writing I look forward to her next book though and sincerely hope the plot and characters come together much better than in this one Her worst book yet Absolutely irrelevant police side story Perseverance was not rewarding I am not sure if this was actually not as good as her previous novels or if I am ust wearying of the torturously complicated plots and uniformly dysfunctional relationships Oh SophieOver the course of seven books and seven fiendishly complicated cases investigated by the Spilling police force we have had some ups and downs There have been fabulous stories and even when there have been flaws they have been balanced by good things that have stopped the lows being too lowUntil now There are good things in The Carrier but they were weighed down by things that weren t so good and things that ust didn t workThe premise was as always far fetched and brilliantWhen her plane was delayed overnight successful businesswoman Gaby Struthers stepped in to calm a young woman an inexperienced traveller who was distressed by the situation They shared a hotel room and as they spoke Gaby realised that Lauren was scared of her She had no idea whyAnd then Lauren began to speak about an innocent man who was going to prison for a murder he didn t commit Gaby slowly realised that she was talking about the man she loved and lostTim Breary had left his wife for Gaby but something had gone horribly wrong between them and when his wife suffered a devastating stroke he went homeNow Francine was dead Tim had confessed to her murder and Lauren her carer insisted that he was innocentThat was a set up with potentialBut I struggled from the start because I couldn t find anyone to identify withUsually I find Sophie Hannah s heroines intriguing capable women faced with extraordinary situations who want to find out and who may not be entirely reliable Gaby fitted the mould but she was a little too cool a little too capable and it was a little too obvious that she wasn t telling all that she knewAnd there was no one else Everyone involved in the Breary case was holding something back and worse I didn t believe in any of them Not the characters and definitely not the relationshipsWhy did Tim marry stay with return to a ghastly manipulative woman like Francine Why did his friends Kerry and Dan turn their own lives upside down to support them What did Gaby stay in a relationship with Sean when they didn t even like each otherI have no answers What I do have is a feeling that Sophie Hannah wanted to write about abusive relationships but if that was the case she compromised that by working those stories into an ineffective crime storyThere were dialogues interrogations and letters written to a woman who would never be able to read them that were psychologically pitch perfect and utterly readable and there were moments when I was intriguedBut the plot didn t expand and grow there weren t the twists and turns that I had expected Just one dramatic event near the end of the book which was effective but a little forcedAnd the business of The Carrier was a bit of a side issue I suspect it was there to allow the author to thread her love of poetry though the story and she did it well but it felt like a distraction something else sitting where the development of the story and the characters should have beenThere were ideas that went undeveloped there were loose ends but I held on in hope until the very endThe final resolution to the story was rightBut it made me realise that there was a simpler story a story of dysfunctional relationships a story of a particular type of crime trying to get out of this rather large rather messy bookIt leaves me wondering of Sophie Hannah is bored with the kind of books she s writing and if she wants to write something different If that is the case I wish she would I loved the books she wrote before she turned to crime fiction and I even can remember being disappointed that she had go. Aby in particular Lauren won't explainInstead she blurts out something about an innocent man going to prison for a murder he didn't commit and Gaby soon suspects that Lauren's presence on her flight can't be a coincidence Because the murder.
free read The CarrierNe down that route when I first spotted Little Face And look how well moving away from crime fiction albeit of a very different kind has served Kate AtkinsonBut whatever Sophie Hannah writes next I ll give the benefit of the doubt because while the The Carrier is a disappointing book Sophie Hannah is still an interesting author A disappointment In previous books Hannah has often made irritating errors especially in relation to police procedurals However on the whole I have found her novels thoughtful well plotted and with well rounded and largely sympathetic characters with the exception of the irritating detective couple I With This From The Beginning The Relationships Of The *with this from beginning The relationships of the protagonists were senseless
characters one and the plot infeasible especially the ridiculous dream interpretation towards the end what I didn t care a ot for any of this lot Further the author s attempts at persuading us that the Simon Waterhouse character is some kind of genius or even The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies, just terribly clever fail miserably I would prefer to see less of him his wife and the cartoon sister character I ve read all of Hannah s books and thoroughly enjoyed the vast majority however after reading this I will probably think twice in the future which is a shame I ve read two of Sophie Hannah s earlier psychological thrillers in the Spilling CID series and enjoyed both but sadly this one is not one of her best I was way of out date with the lives of the police detectives and in particular with that of Charlie Zailer and Simon Waterhouse which only added to the frustration and I would therefore recommend that the series is best read in order I believe this book is number 8 I don t know how to review this book I don t like giving negative reviews as I do appreciateust how much work goes into producing one and it s not something that I could do but I really didn t enjoy this and it became a chore to read if I hadn t been reviewing it for Vine I would have abandoned it It started off well enough with businesswomen Gaby Struthers being delayed for her homeward Curve Lovers 3 journey at Dusseldorf airport and being stuck in a hotel room with a foul mouthed and aggressive young woman Lauren Cookson who makes an admission of a man accused of murder being innocent whom we subseuently find out is well known to Gaby There were some very amusing exchanges and a promising storyline and I had high hopes for the rest of the book Unfortunately into the second chapter the whole story started to go downhill Basically a man confesses to killing his wife and the police spend the next 400 pages attempting to prove he didn t do it I struggled to the end to find out who did commit the murder only to be left disappointed at the finish I won t reiterate the plot as this has already been done but one of the main problems I had with the story was understanding why Tim Breary inspired such loyal devotion from his friends Kerry and Dan Jose They conferred on him a god like status gave up their homes and their careers to accommodate him and then after his confession constantly lied to the police The reader is constantly being told both by Gaby Struthers herself and indeed by other people how clever she is and yet how did she end up with the obnoxious Sean Francine came across as a truly horrible person so why on earth did Tim marry her in the first place The only pairing I can understand is Lauren and her husband Jason the thug They were well matchedRunning alongside the Tim Breary storyline is a separate one involving some of the detectives being at odds with each other as well as infidelities with a colleague s family member There was obviously a problem between Simon Waterhouse and his boss Proust and whilst this may be a follow on from the previous book it would have been helpful to have included in this one the reason for the disagreement The book is marketed as a psychological thriller but for me there wasn t much tension or suspenseust a slow frustrating plod I think the book would have benefitted from some aggressive editing to reduce it by at least 100 pages There was a positive for me I did like the way that the back story from the viewpoints of Kerry and Dan Jose Tim s friends was done by way of a letter to Francine This did work very well as to have this narrative included any other way would have made the book even longer Its a sad thought that if new readers of Sophie Hannah buy this book and don t enjoy it they may well give up on her books altogether That would be a real shame as her earlier books are very good indeed As usual for Ms Hannah I found this book to be extremely intriguing and very well written Having read an odd review I expected to be reading mostly poetry but in fact the poetry used was relevant to the plot and indeed moved things along apace without being at all intrusive All the old favourite characters were back and still managed amidst the mayhem of their own personal live. Victim is Francine Breary the wife of the only man Gaby has ever truly lovedTim Breary has confessed and even provided the police with evidence The only thing he hasn't given them is a motive He claims to have no idea why he murdered his wif. ,the characters one