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Little Face

Sophie Hannah

17 Reviews

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Flipback, Fiction, Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

Published for the first time in flipback - the new, portable, stylish format that's taken Europe by storm.

Flipbacks were invented in Holland by a Bible publisher. Known as Dwarsliggers in Holland, they were launched in 2009 and have been a huge success. Over 100 titles are now available in Dutch and over a million copies are now in print. Flipbacks have just been launched in Spain, France

'It's every mother's nightmare...' An extraordinary psychological suspense novel from bestselling Sophie Hannah.

She's only been gone two hours. Her husband David was meant to be looking after their two-week-old daughter. But when Alice Fancourt walks into the nursery, her terrifying ordeal begins, for Alice insists the baby in the cot is a stranger she's never seen before. With an increasingly hostile and menacing David swearing she must either be mad or lying, how can Alice make the police believe her before it's too late?

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Praise for Little Face

  • Fascinating and original . . . beautifully written . . . outstandingly chilling - Spectator on LITTLE FACE

  • This utterly gripping thriller should establish [Hannah] as one of the great unmissables of the genre - intelligent, classy and with a wonderfully Gothic imagination - The Times on THE OTHER HALF LIVES

  • A remarkable novel, and an adventure to read . . . A first-class whodunit that will keep you reading long into the night. - Scotsman on A ROOM SWEPT WHITE

  • This book's triumph is that it is not just a perfectly executed psychological thriller, but a pertinent meditation on society itself. - Guardian on A ROOM SWEPT WHITE

  • Sophie Hannah's comic fiction produces reams of entertaining moral sophistry. Her novels sparkle. - Independent

  • This taut psychological thriller is full of heart-thumping suspense. - Sainsbury's Magazine

  • 'Sophie Hannah is nothing if not flexible. An awardwinning poet, she has also published short stories and can now add accomplished "thriller writer" to her list of achievements. On first impression, however, the plot of Little Face may appear borrowed: an unhinged mother gives birth to a darling child only to find, after the initial bonding, that someone has switched babies. That's the nightmare of Alice Fancourt, who returns home after her first outing in two weeks to find the door open, her husband David napping and someone else's child in the nursery. When a controlling mother-in-law and a suspicious policeman enter the plot,

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  • 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. - Andrew Taylor, Spectator

  • She ranks among the best recent practitioners of light verse, sharing with Ewart fluency and a good ear, emulating Wendy Cope in her sly wit and blending an eye for the absurdities in human behaviour with compassion. - Alan Brownjohn, The Sunday Times

  • Sophie Hannah is a real star. - P J Kavanagh in the Daily Telegraph

  • The language and atmosphere are high-quality stuff, and the portrait of a woman in the throes of post-natal depression will be a revelation to some, to others a reminder. - Literary Review

  • I could barely put this book down . . . definitely worth a read. - Birmingham Post

  • The phrase 'psychological thriller' could have been invented for this gripping novel...Little Face is not simply a crime novel. It is a thorough and deep exploration of the dynamics of an on-the-surface happy family, revealing the seething secrets beneath...An accomplished thriller that will appe

  • 'Sophie Hannah is nothing if not flexible. An awardwinning poet, she has also published short stories and can now add accomplished "thriller writer" to her list of achievements. On first impression, however, the plot of Little Face may appear borrowed: an unhinged mother gives birth to a darling child only to find, after the initial bonding, that someone has switched babies. That's the nightmare of Alice Fancourt, who returns home after her first outing in two weeks to find the door open, her husband David napping and someone else's child in the nursery. When a controlling mother-in-law and a suspicious policeman enter the plot, readers will realise something is afoot. Adding to the tension are fears surrounding the death of David's first wife, and

  • 'Sophie Hannah is nothing if not flexible. An awardwinning poet, she has also published short stories and can now add accomplished "thriller writer" to her list of achievements. On first impression, however, the plot of Little Face may appear borrowed: an unhinged mother gives birth to a darling child only to find, after the initial bonding, that someone has switched babies. That's the nightmare of Alice Fancourt, who returns home after her first outing in two weeks to find the door open, her husband David napping and someone else's child in the nursery. When a controlling mother-in-law and a suspicious policeman enter the plot, readers will realise something is afoot. Adding to the tension are fears surrounding the death of David's first wife, and the discovery of a family "tradition" of estranged children. But just when readers think the plot offers no surprises, Hannah wrong-foots th

  • A chilling thriller. I was left thinking about the book for days, and that's usually a good sign. - Guardian

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Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling crime fiction writer. Her crime novels have been translated into 34 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. In 2014 and 2016, Sophie published The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket, the first new Hercule Poirot mysteries since Agatha Christie's death, both of which were national and international bestsellers. Sophie's novels 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 throughout the UK. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, two children and dog.