The new standalone from the 'Queen of psychological suspense' - with a disturbingly impossible situation. '[One] of the great unmissables of the genre - intelligent, classy and with a wonderfully gothic imagination' The Times
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 twelve 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?
Praise for Sophie Hannah - :
Do not think you have worked out where the plot is going and how it is going to end. Hannah is masterly at leading the reader down the wrong path and here she excels once again - Sunday Express
Another massively intriguing premise from Hannah, with plot threads that spin out in all kinds of unusual and surprising directions . . . A hugely confident, beautifully written and bold mystery - Heat
The genius of Hannah's domestic thrillers - along with the twistiest plots known to woman - is that she creates ordinary people whose psychological quirks make them as monstrous as any serial killer - Guardian
A leading writer of psychological suspense . . . her books are so distinctive that they deserve to be placed in a separate sub-genre of their own . . . As ever, Hannah excels - Spectator
The twisting plot is not only enthralling but uniquely challenging - Daily Express
It is brilliantly constructed, and it had me, screaming, on the edge of my chair - Readers Digest
A beguiling and intricate standalone crime thriller - Daily Mail
Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling crime fiction writer, translated into 49 languages and published in 51 countries. Her psychological thriller The Carrier won the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year in 2013. Sophie is the author of the bestselling Poirot continuation mysteries. The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives have been adapted for television as Case Sensitive, starring Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd. Sophie is also a bestselling poet who has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE and A-level. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She lives in Cambridge with her family.