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review 2018-06-16 18:00
Głosy wszędzie
Chór sierot - Sophie Hannah

  Razem z żoną wiele książek kupiliśmy na licznych standach w sklepach typu Tesco, MediaMarkt czy Biedronka. Właśnie jedną z takich książek jest Chór sierot, który trafił do nas w lipcu 2017 roku. Nie znaliśmy wcześniej tej autorki ani tego tytułu, jednak przyciągnął nas opis.
 
  Jak się okazało później Sophie Hannah jest bardzo poczytną autorką w Wielkiej Brytanii. Napisała kilkanaście książek oraz została wybrana przez spadkobierców Agathy Christie, by napisać kolejne powieści z Herkulesem Poirotem w roli głównej.
 
  Jednak "Chór sierot" to zupełnie inna historia. Opis książki wskazywał na thriller podchodzący pod horror. Książka opowiada o Louis Beeston oraz jej mężu i synu, którzy mieszkają w Cambridge. Syn Louise trafia do prestiżowego chóru w Cambridge i trafia do Internatu szkoły, zostawiając rodziców samych w domu. Wówczas zaczynają się kłopoty Louise z bardzo głośnym sąsiadem, który co weekend urządza w swoim domu imprezę, nie dając kobiecie spać. Po pewnym czasie kobieta jest pewna, że sąsiad w perfidny sposób hałasuje muzyką chóralną, aby jeszcze bardziej uprzykrzyć jej życie. Któż z nas nie miał takiej sytuacji w swoim życiu.
 
  Wówczas bohaterka wynosi się z Cambridge, jednak nie uwalnia się od słyszanej muzyki chóralnej. Kobieta myśli, że sąsiad podążył za nią, aby nadal ją nękać i zewsząd spodziewa się ataku, nawet stamtąd skąd on nie może nadejść. W pewnym momencie poznajemy prawdę, ale ja Wam nie powiem jaka ona jest.
 
  Książkę początkowo czyta się bardzo źle, jednak z dalszym rozwojem akcji wciąga coraz bardziej i rzeczywiście zaczyna przerażać. Zawartość "Chóru sierot" pokazuje, że Sophie Hannah jest dobrą pisarką, która została wieloma nagrodami m.in. nagrodą Daphne du Maurier czy National Book Award.
 
  Oczywiście poniższą książkę chciałbym Wam polecić. Ja sam kiedyś sięgnę po inne książki autorstwa Sophie Hannah.
 
Ocena: 8/10

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review 2018-03-06 00:00
Closed Casket
Closed Casket - Sophie Hannah,Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot has been invited to the newly independent Ireland, as a guest of the aristocratic Lady Playford to her country estate Lillieoak. We're told the story of Closed Casket, by Inspector Edward Catchpole of Scotland Yard, a friend and colleague of Poirot’s.

It's Oct. 1929, and both Poirot and Catchpole are both wondering why they've both been invited to stay as guests. Everything becomes clear on their first night why they're guests, when Lady Playford’s secretary, Joseph Scotcher, is found murdered sometime after dinner. So begins the classic, Manor House style mystery.

Throughout the book we get to know the rest of the characters. Poirot and his ‘little grey cells’ are intrigued by what has happened and investigates further, which annoys Irish Police Inspector who'e been sent to investigate the murder.

At the Coroner’s Inquest Poirot recognizes that what they've been told and what's been said in court isn't necessarily the truth. The suspects have their quirks and secrets that they don't want to come out, just like the victim did.

Closed Casket does not disappoint, and Agatha Christie herself would find herself delighted with this story. All of Poirot's nuances are here, from his gate, his OCD, and how he likes to express himself in both French and English.
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review 2018-02-27 00:00
The Monogram Murders
The Monogram Murders - Agatha Christie,Sophie Hannah Poirot has taken up temporary residence in a London boarding house to take a break from his new found fame. While eating in a neighborhood cafe one night Poirot meets a young woman who makes some questionable statements before dashing into the night. Upon returning to his room Poirot's fellow boarder, a young police officer whom he's become acquainted with is shaken up by a case he's working on. Three people were found murdered in a nearby hotel, the three deaths, although identical in nature seem to have nothing in common except being murdered on same day and in that hotel. Intrigued by the crimes Poirot joins the investigation which leads to a country village where the victims have something or someone in common.

This is a story worthy of Agatha Christie's Poirot It incorporates many of the Christie's favorite plot themes - village scandals, tragedies caused by gossip, red herrings and false alibis - to give Poirot's little grey cells a challenge. This story could do with some trimming down. Some scenes seem to drag on too long, some descriptions are way more detailed than they need to be leaving the reader wanting to skim the long sections so they can get to the good parts.
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review 2017-06-03 13:53
Did You See Melody? - Sophie Hannah

Cara isn't pleased with her family's reaction to some news, so on a whim takes herself off to a very fancy, very expensive hotel/spa complex in Arizona, where she sees something she shouldn't have. This is a strange book where most of the characters behave oddly and are quite bizarre - would anyone go as far as Cara did just to think? Would the rest of them act like they did, no one being who they seemed to be? I did like the descriptions of the spa, but there were too many pages devoted to it and it did get a bit tedious when Bonnie Juno appeared - all those pages of transcript to get through. I enjoyed the last quarter, especially that twist. Could there be a follow up? Time will tell!

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review 2017-05-09 15:02
Mystery story about a murdered/missing girl - engaging and fascinating.
Did You See Melody? - Sophie Hannah

 

 

Cara abandons her family to go to a five-star Arizona resort to try to sort out her present predicament. There she stumbles upon a tale of a murdered girl, Melody of the title. Has she seen the girl - alive and well? Without giving too much away, the story involves kidnapping and the threat of violence.

 

The plot moves along well with character development at all stages. Definitely a thriller, this novel is an eye-opener as I have not read any of Sophie Hannah's work before. I found the book to be original, engaging and well-written but, on finishing it, I found the plot a bit too convoluted and hard to believe.

 

 

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