Lasting Damage, By Sophie Hannah

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It's 1.15 am and Connie Bowskill should be asleep. Instead she creeps out of her marital bed and logs onto a property website. Clicking on the Virtual Tour button, she's soon snooping around an expensive house in Cambridge, complete with decking and floating kitchen islands.

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Going from the kitchen to the sitting-room she stumbles upon a shocking scene: a woman lying face down in a lake of blood. In horror, Connie wakes her husband but when he sits down at the computer he sees only a stain-free beige carpet.

Hannah's latest psychological thriller combines quirky police procedural with shrewdly observed domestic deceit. Told with confidence and panache, Hannah challenges the reader to work out who the paranoiac of the piece really is.

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