Sometimes love must kill before it can die.

Three years ago, something terrible happened to Naomi Jenkins – so terrible that she never told anybody.

Now Naomi has another secret – the man she has fallen passionately in love with, unhappily married Robert Haworth. When Robert vanishes without trace, Naomi knows he must have come to harm. But the police are less convinced, particularly when Robert’s wife insists he is not missing.

In desperation, Naomi has a crazy idea. If she can’t persuade the police that Robert is in danger, perhaps she can convince them that he is a danger to others. Then they will have to look for him – urgently. Naomi knows how to describe in detail the actions of a psychopath. All she needs to do is dig up her own troubled past . . .

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“Sophie Hannah’s Little Face startled the British thriller market a year ago, and her new book is another superbly creepy foray in the genre.  The plots are brilliant – I couldn’t see through this one at all.”

Hurting Distance confirms Sophie Hannah as a rivetingly original arrival in crime fiction.”
Sunday Times

“Hannah’s second novel is a beautifully written chiller-thriller about the after-effect of rape. It grips from start to finish. . . I couldn’t put it down.”
Literary Review

“This is a far better-written book than any genre label might suggest.  Hannah is a respected poet and uses the fascinating motif of the sundial not only to provide the reader with clues but to underline perceptions of life, time and death.  It’s also significant that she won a Daphne du Maurier award.  Her powerful subjects of obsession with the past, and fear in the present, testify that she has made a transition to the narrative world of that iconic writer.”

“In the world of psychological thrillers, it is rare to come across a novel that conforms absolutely to the rules of the genre at the same time as being genuinely original, satisfyingly unpredictable and totally enthralling. This is what Sophie Hannah has achieved with Hurting Distance, and she’s done it with considerable style. The twisting tale of obsessive love – and its twin, obsessive hatred – hums with tension as the appalling depth of deliberate and planned betrayal becomes apparent. This is psychological suspense at its very best.”
Yorkshire Post

A superbly creepy, twisty thriller about obsessive love, psychological torture, and the darkest chambers of the human heart.”
The Times

“The terror created by Hannah will continue to lurk on the edges of your sub-conscious long after you’ve put this book down.”
News of the World

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