Book Review - Did You See Melody? by Sophie Hannah
The stunning new pageturner from the queen of psychological suspense.
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Genre: Mystery | Thriller
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 24 August 2017
"Pushed to breaking point, Cara Burrows abandons her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can't afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied - by a man and a teenage girl.
A simple mistake on the part of the hotel receptionist - but Cara's fear intensifies when she works out that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can't possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving life sentences for her murder.
Cara doesn't know what to trust: everything she's read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody?
And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life?"
Wow, what an intriguing opening! I began reading this book quite late in the evening thinking I'd read a few pages to get me started but I just couldn't put it down and ended up reading far beyond my bedtime.
Cara was someone who I felt I could relate to, she was trying to be brave and make a stand by taking herself off to Arizona without her family but it was obvious she was feeling wobbly about the situation. The trip was meant to be an escape, some time alone to give her the chance to collect her thoughts and perhaps even make some decisions but it didn't quite work out like that.
Reading about Melody's disappearance gave me chills and got my mind working overtime as I tried to piece everything together. The court case was intense but gave me a clear indication of just how big the Melody story was. At this point the storyline took a sinister turn and I found myself joining in with Cara's quest to find the truth.
Tarin was one of my favourite characters, she was an absolute whirlwind of a character who often left me with my mouth agape. She was a straight-talker who didn't always follow the rules to get the results she wanted. This in itself intrigued me because I couldn't figure out her motives.
Beautifully written, this book pulled me in and just wouldn't let go until I'd finished. Seriously gripping stuff!
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