My thoughts…

Twelve Years Have Passed…
The Children Don’t Look a Day Older…

Reading the cover of this book had me immediately hooked. I needed to know how Sophie Hannah was going to pull this one off and wrap the book up. Because without going down a Sci Fi route – how could she?! And she didn’t disappoint. I had my suspicions but it was beyond the halfway point before she confirmed exactly what was happening and how exactly the cover of the book could even be a realistic consideration.

Sophie Hannah is the master of taking impossible situations and ironing them out so that by the end of a book, they are entirely probable. I love her style because of this – and I love that my mind is active and busy the whole way through a book. I read this book in a day – that’s how gripping it was!

About the book…

All Beth has to do is drive her son to his Under-14s away match, watch him play, and bring him home.

Just because she knows her ex-best friend lives near the football ground, that doesn’t mean she has to drive past her house and try to catch a glimpse of her. Why would Beth do that, and risk dredging up painful memories? She hasn’t seen Flora for twelve years. She doesn’t want to see her today, or ever again.

But she can’t resist. She parks outside the open gates of Newnham House, watches from across the road as Flora and her children Thomas and Emily step out of the car. Except… There’s something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older. As Beth would have expected. It’s the children. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then.

They are still five and three. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt – Hilary hears Flora call them by their names – but they haven’t changed at all.

They are no taller, no older… Why haven’t they grown?
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publication: 23rd January 2020 (Hardback UK)

About the author…

Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 27 countries. In 2013, her latest novel, The Carrier, won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards. Two of Sophie’s 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. In 2004, Sophie won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her suspense story The Octopus Nest, which is now published in her first collection of short stories, The Fantastic Book of Everybody’s Secrets.

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