The Carrier

The Carrier

Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780670785865
  • 480 Pages
  • G.P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Adult


The latest in Sophie Hannah’s internationally bestselling Zailer & Waterhouse series, named by The Sunday Times as one of the 50 Best Thrillers of the Last Five Years

When Gaby’s plane is delayed, she’s forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: Lauren, who is terrified of her. But why is she scared of Gaby in particular? Lauren won’t explain. Instead, she blurts out something about an innocent man going to prison for murder. Gaby soon suspects that Lauren’s presence on her flight isn’t a coincidence, because the murder victim is Francine Breary, the wife of the only man Gaby has ever truly loved.

Tim Breary has confessed. He’s even provided the police with evidence. The only thing he hasn’t given them is a motive. He claims to have no idea why he murdered his wife…


Praise for The Carrier:
“Hannah’s psychologically dense police procedurals probe at their characters to reveal their inner lives and intentions as few others do, and this—her eighth featuring Waterhouse and his wife, Charlie Zailer—shows her proficiency by taking interior examinations to new levels. Winner of the 2013 British National Book Awards’ Crime Thriller of the Year, this is another example of Hannah’s mastery of psychological suspense.” – Booklist (starred review)

“Hannah bores down deep into her tiny cast’s secret lives, then still deeper…Fans will love the endlessly knotty complications.” – Kirkus Reviews

“The genius of Hannah’s domestic thrillers – along with the twistiest plots known to woman – is that she creates ordinary people whose psychological quirks make them as monstrous as any serial killer.” –  The Guardian   

“Well executed twists and turns . . . Hannah is a gifted writer” –  Scotland on Sunday

“Contemporary in its intent and setting, the novel is also a pleasingly old-fashioned ‘locked room’ mystery, with Hannah referencing Agatha Christie a number of times. All told, it’s a very satisfying addition to Hannah’s canon.” –  Irish Times   

“This complex plot demands and rewards attention, thanks to a fantastic cast and some superior, atmospheric prose . . . Thrilling.” –  South China Morning Post   

“The queen of the ingenious plot twist” –  Good Housekeeping   

“Brilliant” –  The Bookseller   

“[Hannah] confirms in this, her eighth novel, her fluent writing skills, taste for complicated layers and deft hand with character, not to mention a knack for producing compelling openings . . . [THE CARRIER] is the kind of puzzle Agatha Christie might have created. Delicate, with ever-increasing dread, it is a mature work – full of confidence and intrigue.” –  Daily Mail   

“Absorbing, intricate . . . Here the rewarding bonuses are poetry’s role in the plot and a playful reworking of the Agatha Christie formula . . . THE CARRIER is a vicarage whodunit as well as a psychological thriller.” –  The Sunday Times  

“It is brilliantly constructed, and it had me, screaming, on the edge of my chair.” –  Reader’s Digest


A Zailer & Waterhouse Mystery
Sophie Hannah
Sophie Hannah
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