Woman with a Secret
By: Sophie Hannah
Writing a review for this next book has been quite challenging, because it is like no other in its category. Sophie Hannah is taking the structure of your typical murder mystery novel and turning it on its head. In her latest novel, Woman with a Secret, Hannah delivers a murder so perplexing, everyone is grasping at straws, from the detectives, to the suspects, right up until the very end. She has crafted a story so wonderfully complex and ensnaring, with a cast of unique characters that are progressively fleshed out as they work to solve a high profile murder; a murder like no one has ever seen. Her style of writing, entirely her own, Hannah’s novel is a breath of fresh air and an enjoyable read. In such a popular genre, this is quite a feat! From secret emails, to a past full of lies, to a murderer who suffocates his victim with a knife rather than stabbing him, there is way too much to go over in an online review of this book.
In Woman with a Secret a murder is committed, but it is no typical crime scene. Full of clues, and a mysterious phrase painted in red on the wall, the crime scene has detectives stumped. The only way to figure out who did this, is to find this woman, and uncover her secret. Desperate to keep both her past and her secret undiscovered, Nicki Clements desperately tries to figure out how she is involved, and whom the murderer might really be. The only problem is that the detectives and even her family will not let her secret go. Nicki is forced to lie more and more as she tries to disentangle herself from the investigation, only to get herself further and further into trouble. Hannah’s plot in Woman with a Secret is intricate and multi-layered, it makes this crime novel so interesting, it totally draws you in. This is what it might feel like if you could experience what Bert and the children did when they hopped into the chalk drawing with Mary Poppins. I’m hesitant to give away too many details about this book because you truly do need to read it for yourself. Its perfect for Fall day, so make yourself a pot of tea, grab yourself a copy, and enjoy the leap.