Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, the ninth psychological thriller from Sophie Hannah is a puzzle that’s impossible to solve . . .

Knowing the secret will kill you.

All she wanted to do was take her son’s forgotten sports kit to school.

So why does Nicki Clements drive past the home of controversial newspaper columnist Damon Blundy eight times in one day? Blundy has been murdered, and the words ‘HE IS NO LESS DEAD’ daubed on his wall – in red paint, not blood. And, though Blundy was killed with a knife, he was not stabbed. Why?

Nicki, called in for questioning, doesn’t have any of the answers police are looking for. Nor can she tell them the truth, because although she is not guilty of murder, she is far from innocent. And the words on the wall are disturbingly familiar to her, if only she could remember where she has heard them before . . .

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“As arresting as Ms Hannah’s readers have come to expect.  Her plots are ingenious – she’s a writer in complete command of her material…She keeps you puzzled and intrigued right until the end.”
New York Times Book Review

“Hannah has revived the apparently exhausted detective genre by inventing a new style. You could call it every-day Gothic or ordinary extremism. But whatever label you stick on her books, they stay with you because you are likely to share or at least understand the motives of the killer.“

“There is an admirable, complicated cleverness about [Hannah’s] stories. Think Agatha Christie at her best but updated to a time of Twitter and online dating.“
Independent on Sunday

“Each of Hannah’s characters is incredibly psychologically developed, full of light and shade: a challenge to understand.  If you want a tale to keep you on your toes, give your brain a jolt, and cause a series of heart attacks, THE TELLING ERROR is for you.  Hannah proves once again that she deserves the accolade of Queen of Crime.“

“Riveting…Her best twists and solution yet,”
heat magazine

“Packed with intricate twists and turns.  Hannah is a challenging storyteller, and anything but predictable.  She shines a spotlight on the darkest of domestic scenarios.”
Irish Independent

“Difficult to put down.  Hannah is terrific on complex, tangled, forbidden or impossible relationships that result in murder.”
The Times

“A psychological thriller carried out to absolute perfection.”

“The queen of psychological crime.  Fiendishly clever.”
Sunday Express

An exceptional storyteller – this is exactly the sort of crime read that can lead to missed tube stops and sleepless nights.”


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