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The new stand-alone from 'one of the great unmissables of the genre - intelligent, classy and with a wonderfully gothic imagination' (The Times) - with a disturbingly impossible situation. 

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 that her former 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 Braid for 12 years.   

But she can't resist. She parks outside Flora's house and 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 - just as Beth would have expected. It's the children that are the problem. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily Braid 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 - Beth 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?

©2020 Sophie Hannah (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Fabulous in parts

I loved the first two thirds of this, and up until then thought this was Sophie Hannah’s best yet: really intriguing premise, and excellent mother-daughter detecting duo! The final third was good but felt like it belonged to a slightly different book. Still, overall this was a gripping listen and highly recommended.

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Truly absurd!

I have enjoyed all of Sophie Hannah previous books but will think carefully about bothering with the next one. This is not a psychological thriller but a long-drawn-out, extremely repetitive and totally unlikely tale. Of course novels by their nature do not have to depict wholly credible situations but this one asks for its readers to embrace ‘Suspended Reality’ but not in a good way and to care for a cast of totally disagreeable characters. The only one it is possible to have vague sympathy for is poor Dom, the narrator’s husband. The sudden interlude at the school is frankly bizarre, for a few seconds I thought my device had switched to a different book!!! I think it was there to demonstrate to the reader (if one didn’t have the message by then!!!) what a determined person Beth is and that she will stand up for fairness and justice! Honesty...., it doesn’t work, it is just patronising to the reader. Sorry Sophie Hannah, this one is a total damp squid!!!

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Convoluted story that irritates more than it entertains!

The premise of this book sounded rather intriguing but I was sorely disappointed. The story twists and turns, creating a plot so ridiculous and unbelievable,it is frustrating to listen to. The irritating and unlikable characters tried my patience constantly and were made worse by the terrible voices given to them by the narrator. Unfortunately, the narrators “expressive” voice added to my annoyance with the constant change in tone (scratchy or nasal) and volume and I was surprised to hear an error and correction included in the audio as well! Overall, I do not recommend this book unless you enjoy shrieking “What?!”, “Oh come on!”, “That is ridiculous!” And other less polite phrases, at your listening device at regular intervals!

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why oh why did I keep listening?

struggled to finish. Awful, boring, unbelievable. Such a shame. Nothing else to say about this.

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long

I found this book really long and drawn out. always thinking it was going to get better. But it didn't . So far fetched.

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very improbable.

I waited until the end to see if it would improve. But there were too many twists. The narrator was good. Thats the only reason i kept listening.

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too far fetched!

it was ok. a little too far fetched, but enjoyed listening to it on a long car journey.

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Paranoia to the extreme

Very slow pace and excruciating dull in parts. A story of extreme obsessiveness and a very nosy person. Could be more interesting and faster. Clever in the end. Dull and monotonous narrator - great to fall asleep to.

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Far fetched, drawn out, unnecessarily complicated

Took a lot of commitment to get to the punch line which was disappointing to say the least.

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Falls short of the mark

This had everything it needed to be a great psychological thriller but it fell short by a long way. I think one of the main problems was that it kept on and on referring to things which had happened in the past but there was rarely any new information. If the reader perseveres the last chapter is almost gripping 🤪