Little Face

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What to expect

One of the Sunday Times 100 Best Crime Novels and Thrillers Since 1945

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…

(P)2007 ISIS Publishing Ltd

Critics Review

  • 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

    Spectator

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