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Little Face (Spilling CID #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  8,142 Ratings  ·  803 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 ing
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Soho Press (first published 2006)
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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
Tea Jovanović
psihološki triler... guta se u dahu... nažalost samo je jedna njena knjiga prevedena na srpski...
May 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012

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
Mary JL
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Jan 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, sophie-hannah
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Chrissa Vasileiou
Το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο είναι αρκετά ιδιαίτερο. Διαπραγματεύεται ένα θέμα που είναι ο εφιάλτης για όλες τις μητέρες -και για όσες δεν είμαστε, μπορώ να πω. Η εξαφάνιση ενός παιδιού αποτελεί την πιο φρικτή σκέψη του καθενός από εμάς και νομίζω πως άπαντες νιώθουμε ένα σφίξιμο όταν ακούμε για τέτοια περιστατικά. Από την άλλη, μπορεί να αποτελέσει μια θαυμάσια λογοτεχνική αφορμή για τη δημιουργία μιας συναρπαστικής ιστορίας. Αυτό είναι το καλό με τα βιβλία, ότι τα δεινά παραμένουν στις σελίδες τους ...more
Emir Ibañez
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un thriller psicológico... más psicológico que thriller.

Esta historia se caracteriza por su prosa y sus personajes. El argumento es poco relevante aquí.
No me encontraba con personajes tan bien caracterizados psicológicamente desde Gillian Flynn. Sobretodo cuando estoy hablando de personajes bastante perturbados o con un alguna patología tóxica.
Este libro abarca temas como la depresión post-parto, la depresión, la manipulación y las relaciones tóxicas. Es un libro bastante denso de leer porque, s
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, 2012
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
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
Jun 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this back in 2012. I really didn't like the characters and the plot :( I think this was a DNF for me.
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Maria Stefanou
Έχουν περάσει μόνο λίγες ώρες από την ολοκλήρωση της ανάγνωσης του συγκεκριμένου μυθιστορήματος και είναι αλήθεια ότι μου προκάλεσε πολλά και έντονα συναισθήματα μ’ εκείνα του θυμού να επικρατούν και να ξεπερνούν με διαφορά τα υπόλοιπα. Και μάλιστα θα έλεγα ότι είμαι θυμωμένη επειδή νιώθω ότι εξαπατήθηκα στον ίστατο βαθμό!
Διαβάζοντας το οπισθόφυλλο, θα περίμενε κανείς να υπάρχει σασπένς, αγωνία, ίσως και λίγος τρόμος αλλά προσωπικά, δεν συνάντησα κανένα από αυτά τα χαρακτηριστικά στο συγκεκριμέν
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
Cenhner Scott
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La novela parte de una premisa polémica: que todos los bebés NO son iguales. Para que la novela tenga sentido y sea llevadera uno tiene que abrazar la idea de que esas masas fofas, chillonas y babeantes llamadas bebés pueden identificarse uno del otro.
Es difícil, pero es el disparador de la novela. Alice se va un día de la casa un rato y cuando vuelve ve que la beba que está en el moisés no es su beba porque, obvio, mírala, es distinta. Cuesta creer eso, pero sigamos leyendo y vamos a ver que u
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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
Polly Werran
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Neide Parafitas
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, leituras-2013
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
Was a great letdown on comparison with other books by the same author. I respect Hannah as a proficient weaver of intricate webs of psychological mysteries, but this story was so haphazard, so incongruous, and consisted of a major hole or two. Completed it only to know the ending, which seemed bizarre and incomplete. The last quarter taxed my brains by flitting from one idea to another, and rapid change of scenes.
Gist of the book - a distraught mother who thinks her neonate daughter's been subs
May 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Μαμάδες, μα κυρίως νέες μαμάδες που έχω μικράκια να κοιμούνται στην κούνια τους κι εσείς χαζεύετε τα ροδαλά τους μαγουλάκια, απομακρυνθείτε από τις οθόνες σας και από το βιβλίο αυτό, ειδικά αν δεν έχει περάσει η περίοδος της λοχείας σας. Σε διαφορετική περίπτωση, εγώ και το site μου δεν φέρουμε καμία απολύτως ευθύνη για τη δοκιμασία στην οποία θα υποβάλετε στον εαυτό σας, αλλά και το νευρικό σας σύστημα. Γιατί, "Το μωρό στην κούνια" μπορεί να μην έχει την αγριότητα που έχουν άλλα ψυχολογικά ή α ...more
This is a story about a bunch of people having serius issues with their state of mind. There are, a crazy grandmother, an insane mother, an imbecile father a sex phobic male cop, a sex maniac female cop, some drug addict criminals, and a plot full of holes. so why three stars? Because i couldn't put it down. i had to know what happened. And when i found out i couldn't go back and not read it. But i think i shouldn't have!
Sep 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
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
Joanne Sheppard
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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