Book: Kind of Cruel
Author: Sophie Hannah
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (Hachette Aust)
SOPHIE HANNAH's latest thriller is a gripping psychological story that delves into the secrets we hide from each other - and from ourselves.
The story moves between real time and the past with great ease and the revelations about "who and why" at the end are satisfying.
Amber Hewerdine is an insomniac, who in desperation visits a hynotherapist.
She has been struggling to come to terms with the fact she cannot piece together what happened on a night when her best friend was killed in a fire, believed to be arson.
But under hypnosis she utters, "kind, cruel, kind of cruel" - words that mean nothing to her.
She thinks she's seen them written on the notepad in the waiting room but the police know the words were written on a pad in a room where Katharine Allen, a woman Amber has never met, was murdered.
With few clues to the murder, the police arrest Amber.
As Amber tries to find where she saw the words, the story of her life is revealed and a fascinating psychological story unfolds.
It is not only Amber's story but the story of her family and police officers Charlie and Simon.
Kind of Cruel is crime writer Sophie Hannah's seventh novel.