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Portrait photograph of author Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah’s Hurting Distance is a riveting novel about obsessive love, psychological torture and the darkest chambers of the human heart. Naomi is having a passionate affair with Robert, a married man. When he disappears she is convinced something terrible has happened but his wife claims otherwise. Hannah’s taut, stylish writing ratchets up the tension like a tourniquet!

Sophie Hannah burst onto the thriller scene last year with her critically acclaimed debut novel Little Face which sold 90,000 copies and was Amazon’s top seller. As an award winning short story writer and poet, she is studied at school and degree level across the UK and has been a fellow at both Cambridge and Oxford. She now lives in Yorkshire with a young family. Not bad for 33!

'This is a far better-written book than any genre label might suggest.'

'Hannah’s second novel is a beautifully written chiller-thriller. It grips from start to finish – a grip which held me against my will because the sustained atmosphere of mild hysteria is hard to take. I couldn’t put it down.'
Literary Review

'This is psychological suspense fiction at its very best.'
Yorkshire Post

Portrait photograph of author Jessica Mann

Jessica Mann’s latest novel, The Mystery Writer, is an intriguing novel which emerged out of the writing of her previous non-fiction book, Out of Harm’s Way about wartime child evacuees. Jessica herself is the protagonist in this original piece of writing where fact becomes fiction, the past interweaves with the present and three plot lines cleverly converge.

Jessica Mann has published 18 novels, two non-fiction books, many articles and reviews and has appeared on television and radio programmes including Question Time, Any Questions, and Round Britain Quiz. She has been on the board of English PEN, The Crime Writers’ Association and as Honorary Secretary of the Detection Club. She lives in Cornwall.

'Literate and meticulously plotted, as can be expected from this stylish writer, with a story that grips from the very beginning. Absorbing reading.'
Sunday Telegraph

'Utterly compelling, The Mystery Writer is a tantalising read that both haunts and intrigues.'

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