The Couple at the Table by Sophie Hannah #blogtour #bookreview #thecoupleatthetable @JennyPlatt90

SIX COUPLES. ONE LUXURY RESORT. AND THE PERFECT MURDER . . .
You’re on your honeymoon at an exclusive couples-only resort.
You receive a note warning you to ‘Beware of the couple at the table nearest to yours’. At dinner that night, five other couples are present, and none of their tables is any nearer or further away than any of the others. It’s as if someone has set the scene in order to make the warning note meaningless – but why would anyone do that?
You have no idea.
You also don’t know that you’re about to be murdered, or that once you’re dead, all the evidence will suggest that no one there that night could possibly have committed the crime. So who might be trying to warn you? And who might be about to commit the perfect impossible murder?

I’ve been a huge Sophie Hannah fan ever since Little Face, the first book in the Culver Valley series. So I was thrilled to find that this latest book by one of my favourite authors is another Simon Waterhouse and Charlie Zailer book! But don’t worry if you haven’t read any others in the series and this can be read a stand-alone novel. And not only do Simon and Charlie play a part in the mystery, we also get to meet other previous players and it was so good to return to their lives and personal dramas but without them overpowering the practically impossible mystery at the heart of The Couple at the Table.

What I love about Sophie Hannah’s writing is that she makes the impossible possible! She’s the one author that always outsmarts me as I never guess her twists or endings! And so once again I went into The Couple at The Table with an open mind which was just as well as this is a mystery with no possible solution! In an exclusive resort a woman receives and anonymous note telling her to “Beware of the couple at the table nearest to yours”. But that night, all the tables are equidistant from her so who is she to be careful of but more importantly…why?! Well, we find out quite quickly that she did have something to fear but when she is killed and no one there could possibly have been involved it’s up to Simon and Charlie to investigate further.

This was a twisty thriller, full of red herrings to throw the reader off the scent of what was really going on. I thought I had guessed but as usual I was way off! But I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! Some intriguing and very unlikeable characters mean that you don’t always have a lot of sympathy for them but that’s life isn’t it?! And Sophie Hannah has a talent for twisting every storyline until the reader is exasperated with themselves for missing all the clues. Lovely to have another addition to this series, and although it’s not one of my favourites, it was still a great read.

SOPHIE HANNAH is an internationally bestselling crime fiction writer. Her psychological thriller The Carrier won the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year in 2013. Sophie is the author of the bestselling Poirot continuation mysteries. The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives have been adapted for television as Case Sensitive, starring Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd. Sophie is also a bestselling poet who has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE and A-level. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She lives in Cambridge with her family.

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