6.4.10

Book Review: Little Face by Sophie Hannah

Little Face by Sophie Hannah is a pure psychological thriller. Alice Fancourt leaves Florence, her two week old daughter in the care of her husband David and goes out for the afternoon. On returning, Alice is distraught and insists that the baby in the nursery is not Florence and that someone must have swapped her child. Alice's situation becomes more desperate when the police are called as David is sure that the baby is Florence and that his wife is either lying or has literally gone mad.
Sophie Hannah has created brilliant characters in this book, she presents all of their flaws, making them particularly believable. My thoughts on Alice Fancourt twisted and turned as I read as did Simon Waterhouse's. He is the detective working on the case but Sophie Hannah shrouds him in mystery too so that the reader becomes highly suspicious of nearly all the characters.
The concept of the book is great and it is a far cry from your average whodunnit. I have the second Sophie Hannah book, The Other Half Lives which I am pleased about as I know that it has some of the same characters. The author ties up most of the loose ends but there are still a few tantalising questions left unanswered, leaving you thinking about the book long after you have finished it.

17 comments:

Rhiana said...

I've got this book on the shelf. I've never read anything by Sophie Hannah but I'm always hearing such good things I think I should!

Dot said...

Rhiana- You should give her a go, I thought it was excellent, I'm looking forward to reading the next one!

Mrs. B. said...

I just bought this book today. Can't wait to read it now after reading your review. I wonder if it would make a good book club read?

Dot said...

Mrs B- Hope you enjoy it! It probably would make a good book club read as there are quite a few loose ends at the end that could be discussed.

Charlie said...

I read about the next in the series just yesterday so it's ironic and a nice surprise that you've reviewed the first. It definitely sounds interesting!

Dot said...

Charlie- I have the second in the series waiting to be read, I really enjoyed the first one!

Hannah Stoneham said...

Sound svery interesting and well written - thank you indeed for sharing the recommendation!

Hannah

Dot said...

Hannah- pleased that it sounds of interest, I have heard many good things about the second in the series too.

farmlanebooks said...

I loved this one and have just finished Hurting Distance which I enjoyed too. I think Hurting Distance is the second in the series, but you have me doubting myself now - I'll have to go and check!

Dot said...

farmlanebooks- no I think you're right! I really enjoyed this, pleased to hear that the next one is good too!

savidgereads said...

Oh I am so pleased that you liked this, despite having not read one of her books for ages (that will be changing thanks to your reminder) she is one of my favourite writers which is partly why I am holding off reading her all in one go. I think this is a series everyone should read.

Christie said...

I've added this to my tbr list - it sounds great!

Dot said...

Simon- I really enjoyed it, I had convinced myself that The Other Half Lives was the second one which I already have but I now know that it is Hurting Distance, just ordered it to read next!

Christie- Hope that you enjoy it!

Mystica said...

This sounds such a good thriller.

Dot said...

Mystica- It was really good and there's a whole series- just ordered the second one!

Sandra said...

I recently read this book, my first by Hannah, and enjoyed it very much too. I've just acquired The Wrong Mother from the library and look forward to reading it.

Dot said...

Sandra- This was my first Sophie Hannah book too, I thought it was really gripping stuff!

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