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?
I was ecstatic to receive a proof of Did You See Melody, as the cover is really pretty and combined with the synopsis, it sounded like my ideal summer read! From the very first page, I was completely gripped and I knew that I was in for a great story. It had me up way past my bedtime and I just couldn't put it down!
This standalone from Sophie Hannah is truly chilling and suspenseful and I can't believe I've never read anything by her before!
The characters are original and Cara is funny and relatable. I really enjoyed her narration and her inner thoughts about 'typical britishness' particularly made me smile.
The dialogue between her and the other characters felt realistic and kept up the pace of the novel which moved along smoothly.
I liked learning about the Melody Chapa case at the same time as Cara did through the articles and interviews, and I think it added an extra element of suspense.
I was kept on edge for the whole of the book and I'd never have guessed the ending.
Overall I'd give Did You See Melody 4.5 out of 5. It was chilling, gripping and packed with suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end and I'd definitely recommend adding it to your summer reading list.
Did You See Melody? published by Hodder and Stoughton on 24th August
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of crime fiction, published in 32 languages and 51 territories. In 2014, at the request of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Sophie published a new Hercule Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which was a bestseller in more than 15 countries. In September 2016 her second Poirot novel, Closed Casket, was published and became an instant Sunday Times top ten bestseller.
She lives with her husband, children and dog in Cambridge, where she is a Fellow Commoner of Lucy Cavendish College.