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Little Face (Spilling CID #1)

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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  5,727 ratings  ·  604 reviews
Little Face is a wonderful work, a brilliant use of mirrors and the writer's magic. Chilling, tantalizing, and ultimately fair and deeply satisfying.”—Barbara D’Amato, author of Death of a Thousand Cuts

“Hannah adapts to crime fiction with arresting aplomb: Her characters are vivid, the novel’s challenging double narrative is handled with flair, and its denouement is inge
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Soho Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Alice I think it's complicate to rate a book, it's very personal. I'm used to rate mine according to how much I enjoyed the reading, even though I always…moreI think it's complicate to rate a book, it's very personal. I'm used to rate mine according to how much I enjoyed the reading, even though I always pay attention to how good is the writing and the plot. But I'm surprise to see Hanna has bad reviews. I love Agatha Christie (read about 60 of her books so far) and I loved "The Monogram Murders". It was the only book I read so far by Sophie Hannah, and I think she made a great plot, and used the same style I'm used to in Christie's books. She made a very good job, and it was not a easy one.
I'm still searching for another Hanna's book. If you want a recommendation on a Christie's book, here's some of my favorite:
"The Thirteen Problems" (Miss Marple, #2) and "Three Blind Mice and Other Stories" are two collections of short stories that I enjoyed a lot.
I also liked the plot on "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" and enjoyed reading "Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple, #13)".(less)
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Blair
I bought this because a review quoted on the jacket of Lucie Whitehouse's superb The Bed I Made compared that book to Sophie Hannah's writing. First things first - the comparison is way off the mark. Hannah's writing is good, and I can see certain similarities in style, but she hasn't a fraction of Whitehouse's talent. While compelling and in parts intriguing, this was one of the strangest, most confusing and ultimately frustrating books I've ever read.

I don't normally describe plots in my revie
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Jackie
Jun 14, 2008 Jackie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery and psychological thriller fans
If you like crime drama and psychological suspsense, don't miss this book. This is a magical onion kind of book--the surface is nothing like the center and there are hundreds of layers making it up. The complexity of the plot will take awhile to hit you, but when it does, you won't be able to put the book down. I literally finished the last 20 pages walking around my apartment because I was too exhausted to stay awake if I sat down but I HAD to see how things wrapped up. The premise: new mother ...more
Tea Jovanović
psihološki triler... guta se u dahu... nažalost samo je jedna njena knjiga prevedena na srpski...
Shawn
I feel bad giving this book only two stars, because the writing was actually good enough to deserve more than that. By the end, however, it started feeling like a bad made-for-TV movie. I could picture Melissa Gilbert tearing up and trying to conjure a quivering lip in the lead role!
What was the point with the husband, by the way? Mild-mannered, "love-of-my-life"...? Is it just Me? Or, how do you turn him into this horrible, sadistic villain, replete with evil cackle and murderous stare, and the
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Katharina

This will probably include SPOILERS so stop reading now if that bothers you.

I'm torn about this book. I think my actual rating was about 3.5 stars. I couldn't put it down, which pleased me because I came across it by accident, and I'm often disappointed with kindle books I know nothing about. I found the author's narration style interesting: alternating first-person Alice narration with third-person police narration. At first, I was confused by this, but it grew on me.

Ok. Problems with the st
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Mary JL
Nov 22, 2009 Mary JL rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Desperate and patient mystery fans only
Recommended to Mary JL by: Given as a gift
Shelves: mystery-horror
Well the premise sounded good--Alice Fancourt returns home after a few hours out of the house and claims the baby in the nursery is not hers. No one believes her, not even the police....

The book jacket was loaded with rave reviews..."international bestseller" and "translated into nine languages" so I started reading with high hopes.

Well, that will teach me to believe in publisher's hype. I should know better by now.

This book has too MUCH psycho-babble. Every character is overdrawn; and I found n
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Batsap
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Alex
There are two reasons why I didn't like this book. One, within two chapters I was able to correctly guess one of the major plot points. Second, the resolution (really the entire final 100 pages) is full of implausibilities that could induce an eye-roll. There is even that clunky cliche of a scene in which someone in peril confesses their motivation to a crime, laying it out in such detail that no stone is unturned.

Worst of all, this book breaks one of the cardinal rules of the mystery genre. I
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Nancy Oakes

I was expecting a lot more out of this one considering the teasing and tantalizing blurbs on the back of the book.

The story is told via the use of different narratives, one of them being from the point of view of Alice Fancourt, who has just come home with her new baby Florence. Alice and her husband David, Florence and David's young son from a previous marriage all live at the home of David's mother, Vivienne Fancourt, where Vivienne rules the roost in her lavish house called The Elms. As the
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Yellowoasis
I was very disappointed with this book, and it was only sheer irritation that kept me going – I thought it MUST get better or reveal some amazing plot twist. I didn’t like the voice of Alice, she sounded needy and pathetic. I didn’t like the close, first person, present tense chapters with Alice as narrator, they just droned on with too much detail. None of the characters seemed believable, from the psycho mother in law to the stock sweary police officers. And all that terrible exposition in the ...more
Laura
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Wendy
Este libro me mantuvo en suspenso todo el tiempo, es un verdadero "page turner". Nos cuenta una historia donde no sabemos que es verdad y que es mentira.

Habia leido anteriormente la nueva versión de Poirot escrita por Sophie (que me encantó), pero nunca había leido otro libro de ella, con su propia voz y estilo. Me gustó mucho. Es bien entretenido e interesante, con un ritmo fluido y que te mantiente deseando saber en qué terminará la historia.

Lo recomiendo mucho, y definitivamente leeré otros
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Jenna~Ice Queen~Dreams
I am pleasantly surprised with how this book turned out. The only reason why it was not a 5 star is because the main female character was absolutely GUTLESS. How could she just allow herself to degraded like that?? To be honest though, I am not sure if it was just an act or what, if it was then it was brilliant. I am still going to keep it as a 4 star though.

Thank you to my friend Kittykorn for the recommendation! I definitely plan to read more from this author.
Laurel-Rain
In a nightmarish scenario, new mother Alice Fancourt goes out after her daughter's birth, leaving her two-week-old infant with her husband, David. Returning two hours later, she swears that the baby in the crib is not her child. Despite how terrified and hysterical she is, her husband insists that she is wrong.

Thus begins a convoluted and complicated investigation, with two police detectives, Simon Waterhouse and Charlie Zailer, finding themselves at odds with one another over what is true and w
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Caitlin
I really like Sophie Hannah's third book, The Wrong Mother, so I was looking forward to reading this one (her first) and was sorely disappointed. This book was so disappointing that it made me wonder if I should rethink how much I liked The Wrong Mother.

Hannah alternates chapters between first-person narrative of the protagonist and third-person narrative of the cops. In The Wrong Mother this works really well, but in this book it feels too much like a device (which, of course, it is in both boo
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Neide Parafitas
Alice foi mãe há apenas 2 semanas mas em vez de experimentar as delícias da maternidade, está a viver um terrível pesadelo! Segundo a própria, a filha foi raptada!

Alice contacta a polícia e explica que se ausentou por 2 horas apenas e que quando chegou a casa se deparou com um bebé que não é o seu a dormir no berço da sua filha! Mas como fazer a polícia acreditar nisto quando o próprio pai afirma que o bebé que se encontra no berço foi sempre o seu bebé e que Alice só pode estar louca em conside
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Aoibhínn
2.5 Stars

After reading some great reviews of the series, I decided to give this series a try and picked up Little Face, the first book in the series. This book was a bit of a let down. After reading the synopsis on the back of this book, I was looking forward to a good read and the mystery it was going to tell. What a disappointment!

The book was just merely okay, but I had a lot of issues with this book. First off, it left lots of unanswered questions. What was up with Alice's husband's abusive
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Kamilla
I don't know if I should give this book 5 stars or just 1. It is the kind of book that is brilliantly written, expertly woven, while conjurs awful feelings in the reader. I didn't like any of the characters, I could not sympathise with any of them, not even Alice, whose baby disappeared. Everyone seemed to be emotionally weak, with no balls to stand up for themselves - even Simon, the detective. Then, there was avivianne, the overbearing grandmother, who controlled every aspect of her family's l ...more
Ian Mapp
Lot to admire in this debut novel.

Alice, a new mother, comes back from the gym and raise the alarm that the baby in the cot is not hers. Cue the investigation.

We have a domineering family with husband Peter and Matriach Vivienne. Peters last wive was mudered and Peter does everything that his mother dictates.

Cue a sympathetic policeman, Simon Waterford and stretched relationships with his female sargeant, Chalie and big boss, Proust.

The book is told in a series of alternating chapters - one set
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Joanne Sheppard
The premise of Little Face by Sophie Hannah is an intriguing one that can hardly fail to grip the reader from the start: Alice Fancourt returns from her first outing alone since the birth of her daughter Florence, now two weeks old, and returns to find that the baby in the nursery is not hers. But her husband David seems insistent that nothing is wrong, and the police, faced with no evidence whatsoever that any crime has been committed, are seemingly unable to help her.

Is Alice, trapped in a hug
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Katy
I admit that I didn't have terrifically high hopes for this novel being phenomenal. The plot is like something out of a 1940s cheap pulp novel. It's definitely an airplane read, not anything aspiring to be great literature. But I was nonetheless taken aback by how repellent the novel is. What makes it so bad? Well, let's start with the characters. Put simply, they're awful. There is a strong undercurrent of male chauvinism and conservatism throughout the story that made me gag. And while I initi ...more
Polly Werran
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Jennie
Sophie Hannah has a gift for making me very, very angry. Little Face is a psychological thriller about a new mother who returns home to a baby she claims isn't hers, and who subsequently disappears with the baby. Told in alternating points of view (which, based on the only other book of hers that I've read, seems to be her gimmick), we see through the mother's eyes the week leading up to her disappearance, and a 3rd-person account of the investigation by detectives.

Hannah's gift really shows dur
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Michelle
I am still not entirely sure why I didn't enjoy this story. It was okay, I didn't want to ditch it at any point, but that was about the extent of it. At first, it was a little disjointed and I'm not sure the time change/pov changes were completely successful. Then, once I got the hang of those I honestly wasn't sure that I liked any of the characters at all. It all just seemed to be kind of a jumble of mysteries with no one really to root for. I may check out the second book sometime in the futu ...more
Erika
Yes, there were some holes in the plot. Yes, some things came together a little too neatly. Along the way, though, was a wonderful story and great writing and crazy characters. I think the unreliable narrator, instead of confusing the book, was a big part of the wonderful.

Is the baby kidnapped and swapped for another baby? Did the husband kill his ex wife and now gunning for wife number two? Is Alice actually mad and the baby is the correct baby and she doesn't know how crazy she is? Will the S
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Miz
This book can be summed up as follows - a storyline that kept me thinking when I wasn't reading the novel (an abduction of a child to be replaced by another child from her cot - woozers!); short but boring chapters interspersed in the plot; and the most disappointing outcome since Gone Girl.
Terri
I enjoy the mysteries at the center of most of the Zailer and Waterhouse books. Most focus on what it means to be a woman in the context of a family. A recurring theme is that we do not know the people we love as well as we think we do. In each book, inexplicable events and behavior from those around the female protagonist create a sense that she may simply be losing her mind. The resolution of the mystery is always at least a little over-the-top, even borderline absurd ... fun, but not really b ...more
Green Gables
This was a very suspenseful read and had me guessing until the very end. This was a four star for the first 90% of the book and turned into a three star for the less than satisfactory conclusion. My issues with the book :

spoilers ahead


1. If the entire kidnapping plot was planned by Alice, how can the author reconcile the first person narrative where the readers knew Alice's thoughts and utter despair over not knowing what has happened to her daughter? This isn't a movie where there may be clues
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Maia
Surprisingly, I found this--Hannah's first thriller--to be the best so far of all I've read (every one that came after, except the current one). Still not convincing enough for 4 stars, though.

This is the novel that introduces metaphysically 'strange' but brilliantly acute detective Simon (though I've been less than impressed by the author's explanations of such strangeness) and his intense but warped relationship with his boss, Charlie--a very annoying woman who doesn't seem to get any less ann
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Sarah
Having read most of Sophie Hannah's other crime thrillers in the wrong order, I finally got around to her first. The narrative formula is essentially the same as all the others, something you will either love (as I do), be completely sick of; or be enthralled by if this is the first you've read. So how does it compare to the others?

Plot development and twists - Pretty good but not her best.

Development of cop characters - Disappointing. I was hoping for exciting insights and scenes where the char
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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 Sensiti ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Spilling CID (9 books)
  • Hurting Distance (Spilling CID, #2)
  • The Wrong Mother (Spilling CID, #3)
  • The Other Half Lives (Spilling CID, #4)
  • A Room Swept White (Spilling CID, #5)
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