A Room Swept White Book

Fliss Benson is struggling with her own intensely private issues of loss and grief, when her job as a TV producer demands her to work on a drama about cot death. The story she is working on is about three women, who had babies who died, and who were convicted of murdering their children despite pleading their innocence. This is a project to which Fliss is unhappily assigned. To add to the stress, she receives a card with mysterious numbers on it from an unknown source which she pays little attention to until she discovers that one of the women who has been accused of killing her own child has been brutally murdered, and the body showed up with the same card on it. An intense psychological and moral thriller, Sophie Hannah has a rich understanding of the impossibility of moral absolutes and the conflict of conscious that uncertainty of individual motivation creates. This absorbing story is exquisitely written and fascinatingly developed into a novel that is a sure fire certainty to be adapted for the screen. Read More

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    Fliss Benson is a TV producer struggling to deal with a personal tragedy in her own life. She receives at work an anonymous card which consists of 16 numbers arranged in four rows of four. These numbers mean absolutely nothing to her. At the same time, she is handed a particularly unwelcome assignment: she has to work on a documentary about cot death and three mothers accused (wrongly, it seems) of murder: Helen Yardley, Sarah Jaggard and Rachel Hines. The controversial Dr Judith Duffy, who was responsible for the arraignment of the women after the death of their children, is now under investigation for misconduct, and the women have been set free. Fliss Benson’s reluctance to work on the film springs from a particularly personal issue -- involving both cot death and the suicide of someone very close to her.

    This is the arresting premise of Sophie Hannah’s A Room Swept White, and it's further proof (if proof were needed) that since her remarkable debut with Little Face, Hannah seems almost unable to put a foot wrong in the arena of the psychological thriller. The scenario here darkens when one of the three women, Helen Yardley, is found dead at her home. On the body is a card with the same layout of numbers arranged in four rows of four that Fliss Benson had been sent. She is soon faced with both intimidating moral dilemmas and physical danger. Par for the course, in fact, for a Sophie Hannah heroine. Apart from the sheer storytelling skill which is the sine qua non of Hannah's work, one of the most impressive aspects of her books is a subtlety with which she is able to address a variety of moral arguments -- such as the massively divisive issue of cot death in this book. In these areas, the tabloid press is always looking for villains, be they child-killing mothers or heartless social workers. Hannah is well aware that such moral issues are never clear cut, and the fact that she is able to address such subtleties in the context of a page-turning thriller is a mark of her skills. --Barry Forshaw

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    The most commercial psychological suspense novel yet from critically acclaimed Sophie Hannah

  • 0340980621
  • 9780340980620
  • Sophie Hannah
  • 18 March 2010
  • Hodder & Stoughton
  • Hardcover (Book)
  • 464

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