[Review] Did You See Melody? by Sophie Hannah

Did You See Melody? Book Cover Did You See Melody?
Sophie Hannah
Hodder & Stoughton
August 24th 2017
400
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Pushed to the 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?

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Did You See Melody?
by Sophie Hannah

This is my first time reading anything by Sophie Hannah, I know she has been writing new Agatha Christie’s novels, but I haven’t summoned the courage to read them yet.

However Did you See Melody? was a great book. It was a little slow to start with but once it got going I was hooked and couldn’t put it down.

Cara has arrived in the States, heading to at a 5 star spa called the Swallowtail Resort in Arizona, she is running away from her husband and 2 kids back in England to clear her head and thing for a few weeks. After her long journey and getting lost on her way to the resort,  when she finally arrives to her room in her sleepy state she discovers someone else is already in there! She catches a glimpse of a young girl and man who she presumes is her father. After apologies are made she hightails it to reception to advise of the mistake only to be met with a very flustered and over-apologetic receptionist who practically bursts into tears over the mix up.

The next day whilst in the reception she overhears someone mention the name Melody Chapa who is insistent that she is staying at the resort, after some digging Cara find out that Melody is dead and her parents are in jail for her murder. But Cara is convinced it was Melody she saw in the hotel room the night she arrived….

Set in a relaxing sun soaked place this would make a great beach read, there is a good mix of humour coming through in the form of Cara and Tarin, a fellow guest at the resort. I didn’t really foresee the ending of this story, which was great and the execution of the cast of characters involved were well done.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and cant wait to read more of Sophie Hannah’s books.

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About the author

Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 27 countries. In 2013, her latest novel, The Carrier, won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards. Two of Sophie’s crime novels, The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives, have been adapted for television and appeared on ITV1 under the series title Case Sensitive in 2011 and 2012. In 2004, Sophie won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her suspense story The Octopus Nest, which is now published in her first collection of short stories, The Fantastic Book of Everybody’s Secrets.

Sophie has also published five collections of poetry. Her fifth, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 T S Eliot Award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK. From 1997 to 1999 she was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge, and between 1999 and 2001 she was a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. She is forty-one and lives with her husband and children in Cambridge, where she is a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College. She is currently working on a new challenge for the little grey cells of Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s famous detective.

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