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?
If ever a book was destined to become the No 1 summer holiday bestseller, Did You See Melody? is it. First, there is the spa itself. No travel brochure ever made a spa sound as fabulous as the Swallowtail Spa in this book. Typical American excess meets superlative American service in a 5 star + resort.
I so want to go there!
Cara Burrows has upped and left her home in Hertfordshire for this exclusive resort in Arizona, leaving behind her husband Patrick, and their children, Jess and Olly. We know she has come away to think, but what is troubling her we don’t find out until later.
When she gets there –a mix-up with her room reservation leads her to encounter a man and his teenage daughter and later gives her cause for concern. Who was the mystery man in that room and could the girl possibly be Melody Chapa whose parents are in jail for her murder?
Melody’s body was never found but despite this, her parents were convicted of her murder. The case has gripped America for years. Bonnie Juno, former criminal prosecutor and now an Oprah style figure, has followed the Melody Chapa case from the start of her disappearance and has made a name for herself on TV from the case.
As Cara finds out more about Melody’s disappearance and presumed murder, she gets drawn in further to this mystery.
I really enjoyed the writing in this book. First of all, the book takes you in directions you just didn’t expect to go. Then the characters are vivid and sometimes unexpectedly, very funny – especially Tarin Fry and her daughter Zellie. The narrative is twisty and innovative and overall the book is just the right mixture of light and shade.
Perfect summer reading.
Did You See Melody? is published by Hodder & Stoughton on 24 Aug. 2017
About Sophie Hannah @sophiehannahCB1
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.
In 2013, Sophie’s novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards. Two of her crime novels, The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives, have been adapted for television and appeared on ITV1 under the series title Case Sensitive in 2011 and 2012.
Sophie has also published two short story collections and five collections of poetry – the fifth of which, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A Level and degree level across the UK. From 1997 to 1999 she was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College Cambridge and between 1999 and 2001 she was a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. She lives with her husband, children and dog in Cambridge, where she is a Fellow Commoner of Lucy Cavendish College.