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Little Face by Sophie Hannah
  

Little Face

Part of the Culver Valley Crime Series
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One of Emily Barr's favourite books.

A thriller to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. A compulsive read that once started you can’t and won’t put down. Make sure you have n afternoon free or avery long train journey!

September 2009 Guest Editor Emily Barr on Little Face by SOPHIE HANNAH

I read this just after my daughter was born, and carried on reading all night, absolutely horrified at the story of a missing baby. Hannah’s books have a satisfyingly nasty streak and I have found every one of them utterly riveting and chilling. She is also adept at conjuring up an unexpected twist, which I know from experience is a lot less easy than it looks.

If you like Sophie Hannah you might also like to read books by Jeanette Winterson, Helen Dunmore and Mark Burnell.

Synopsis

Little Face by Sophie Hannah

Alice's baby is two weeks old when she leaves the house without her for the first time. On her eager return, she finds the front door open, her husband asleep on their bed upstairs. She rushes into their baby's room and screams. 'This isn't our baby! Where's our baby?' Her increasingly hostile husband swears she must be either mad or lying, and the DNA test is going to take a week. One week later, before the test has been taken, Alice and the baby have disappeared. Run away, abducted, murdered? The police who dismissed her baby swap story must find out, and as they do they find dark incidents in David's past - like the murder of his ex-wife...

Reviews

Quite brilliant - I was extremely impressed The Times This may well turn out to be the detective novel of the year ... A terrifying mystery of manipulation, counter-manipulation and, finally, astounding revelation - it's a haunting story told with bewitching skill. Scotsman Chilling and completely gripping - I stayed up half the night to finish it. Marie Claire The author is a poet by trade and she brings a wealth of psychological and literary subtlety to bear in this impressive novel. Smart and disarmingly unnerving Daily Mail Hannah adapts to crime fiction with arresting aplomb: her characters are vivid, the novel's challenging double narrative is handled with flair, and its denouement is ingenious The Sunday Times Women in peril flit through the pages of traditional Gothic fiction, murmuring 'Had I but known!
as they fall for the wrong man, open the wrong door or apply for the wrong job. Sophie Hannah takes the trusty formula in both hands, gives it a vigorous shake and uses it to produce something fascinating and original in her novel. Beautifully written the novel is outstandingly chilling

- terror lurks in the half understood and in anticipation. Little Face is a hugely promising debut. Sophie Hannah is an author to watch -- Andrew Taylor Spectator Hannah's whodunit milks a classic formula with subversive results. This missing-baby tale chimes with very modern anxieties. Custody issues lie at the heart of the resolution, and the increasingly perverse relationship between Alice and David is grounded in recognisable reality that serves only to make our flesh crawl more -- Emma Hagestadt Independent A suspensful and psychological thriller, the plot twists and turns right up until the very last Heat Intriguing. Hannah's depiction of relationships tested to the limit by domestic tragedy is impressive -- Simon Shaw Mail on Sunday A gripping psychological thriller Independent on Sunday Sophie Hannah is an award-winning poet and short story writer, and for this, her first novel, she has come up with a chilling thriller ... I was left thinking about the book for days Guardian


About the Author

Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is a best-selling, award-winning poet. Her latest collection, First of the Last Chances, was chosen for the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation promotion in June 2004. She regularly performs her poetry to live audiences nationwide and abroad, and recently won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her psychological suspense story The Octopus Nest. Sophie lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and two children.

Click here to read an interview with Sophie Hannah about her new Poirot novel The Monogram Murders.

Click here to read an interview with Sophie Hannah about the story behind her novels A Game for all the Family and The Narrow Bed.

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Publication date

24th August 2006

Author

Sophie Hannah

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Publisher

Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Family Drama
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Thriller / suspense
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ISBN

9780340840320

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