Publication: 27th January 2022 – Hodder & Stoughton
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
Good morning and welcome on my stop for the blog tour of The Couple At The Table, the new gripping novel by Sophie Hannah.
Once again, Sophie Hannah kept me completely engrossed with a slow-burning, suspenseful, and thrilling novel with Agatha Christie vibes and a locked-room mystery. The victim had received warning notes before her death and all the possible suspects have strong alibis, so who could have killed her? In all the scenarios I created in my head, I never expected that solution.
The set of the murder is Tevendon Estate, a luxury hotel only for couples. Staying there are six couples, including the victim who is on her honeymoon. She received notes warning her against the couple staying at the nearby table, but, at dinner, all the tables are equally distant. Her husband couldn’t have killed her, the five other couples and the estate manager all have alibis, and no one else entered the resort. Months later, the murder is still unsolved, but DC Simon Warehouse can’t give it up. One of the guests, Lucy, is also obsessed with the murder and writes letters to the anonymous killer…
I can’t say I really liked any of the characters, I found them a bit insane, and Lucy’s obsession becomes a little annoying. I love how the story is structured, going back and forth between the present, during the still ongoing investigation, and the past, at the time of the murder, leaving hints and clues here and there that kept me glued to the pages. The Couple At The Table is a must-read, another fantastic story from the master of crime.
A huge thank you to Jenny and Hodder & Stoughton for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a proof of the novel.
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.