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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 her ex-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 for twelve years. She doesn't
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by William Morrow
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is So Wild!

THIS IS SOOOO CRAZY! IF YOU LOVE YOUR BRAIN AND NOT TO GET EXPLODED SO EASILY BE CAUTIOUS AS YOU READ THIS BOOK! This is nassstyyy and I enjoy it wholeheartedly!

I found my fictional soul mate: obsessive character reader, has no limits and never cares when somebody warns her to stop, a quiet young version Of Miss Marple and a little mature version of Nancy Drew, keeps digging and digging till she finds the truth!

Yes! I’m talking about DEAR BETH (our absolutely nuts, extremely
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Ceecee
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-5 stars

Well, if you like twisty and twistier then this is your book! Beth and Dom have grown apart from Flora and Lewis Brain and haven’t seen them for 12 years. On a whim, Beth decided to go to Newnham House, the last address she has for them. She parks up, sees Flora drive up to the secure gates of the large house, she gets out of the car with two children who she calls Thomas and Emily. What? The Thomas and Emily Beth knew should now be 17 and 15, so what on earth is going on? To describe
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Miriam Smith
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’d yet to read a Sophie Hannah book, even after they’d come highly recommended by fellow readers. I was therefore very excited to be given the opportunity to read her latest novel “Haven’t They Grown” (also under the title “Perfect Little Children”).
“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 her ex-best friend Flora, lives near the football ground, that doesn't mean she has to drive past her house and try to
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is So Wild!

THIS IS SOOOO CRAZY! IF YOU LOVE YOUR BRAIN AND NOT TO GET EXPLODED SO EASILY BE CAUTIOUS AS YOU READ THIS BOOK! This is nassstyyy and I enjoy it wholeheartedly!

I found my fictional soul mate: obsessive character reader, has no limits and never cares when somebody warns her to stop, a quiet young version Of Miss Marple and a little mature version of Nancy Drew, keeps digging and digging till she finds the truth!

Yes! I’m talking about DEAR BETH (our absolutely nuts, extremely
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Mandy White
Haven’t They Grown is one crazy story! And I really enjoyed it. I read this in a day whilst on holidays, struggling to put it down. I just needed to know what was going to happen next and how it was all going to play out. Every time you think you know what is the outcome will be it throws you another curve ball. Keeps life interesting! Yes the story is out there and at times a little unrealistic but that is why we read sometimes, for an escape from reality.

I have enjoyed quite a few Sophie
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Liz Barnsley
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh I ADORED this - twistier than you could hope for, a complex involving plot, a seemingly impossible mystery, with each passing page you get more and more addicted, whilst scratching your head in bemusement until Sophie Hannah unravels it all for you and it all makes sense.

Clever clever. Also one of my favourite teenage characters in Zannah- a breath of fresh air.

Full review to follow for the tour but definitely highly recommend.
Roman Clodia
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a standalone and the Poirot novels it's nice to see Hannah going back to one of her 'impossible' mysteries though, sadly, she doesn't bring back her Culver Valley cops. She certainly hasn't lost her touch for wildly convoluted plots and actually delivers a denoument that is as twisted and cruel as we have hoped.

That said, Beth can be an irritating narrator with her repetitive inner dialogue (yes, we're keeping up with the story, thanks!), her endless domestic minutiae (ok, fine to tell us
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Terry
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The protagonist Beth, hasn't seen her ex best friend in quite a while, so out of curiosity she decides to drive by their house one day. She catches a peek of her ex friend and children getting into their car and at first glance things look normal. Beth does a hard double take though because the kids are the exact same age as they were when she saw them last, years earlier!

From here this book twists and turns, and messes with your mind until the very end. Never boring and great characterizations
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Sid Nuncius
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Haven’t They Grown. It’s pretty far-fetched in places, but Sophie Hannah always writes very well and has produced another intriguing, readable mystery.

The story is told in the first person by Beth Leeson, a mother of two teenagers in Cambridgeshire. The set-up is excellent: she sees a friend from whom she has been estranged for 12 years with her two children who still look five and three years old – as they did twelve years ago. We get Beth’s dogged attempts to solve the mystery,
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Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf
3.5 STARS.

Thank you so much to William Morrow Books for this gorgeous finished copy of PERFECT LITTLE CHILDREN! Ever since I read the synopsis of this book, I was dying to read it The premise of this book is unlike anything I’ve ever read before and I was so excited to finally read this one, but it definitely fell a little flat for me.

What I did really enjoy about this book was how easy and light of a read it was. I always love taking a break from my super heavy and gory reads, so this one was
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Dennis
Jan 13, 2020 marked it as dnf
Sady, I’m going to have to DNF this book. I’m finding it rather unbelievable that someone would go this far to finding out a possible mishap with a former friend from a decade prior.
Rachel Hall
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ultimately entertaining but slow to start and a highly convoluted and very twisted tale!

Having previously only read a stand-alone by Sophie Hannah I didn’t fully appreciate her reputation for convoluted plots and taking seemingly impossible scenarios and ironing the contradictions out. I was aware of the authors pedigree however and came to Haven’t They Grown with rather high expectations and therefore when the story was slow to expand on the initial premise of a contradictory sighting by
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Laura
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Haven’t They Grown is an intriguing, twisty novel that kept me guessing and presents a seemingly impossible conundrum – how can two children not have grown any older, despite many years having passed since being last seen at the exact age they still appear to be now? Beth sets out to investigate…

I really liked the characters within this novel, from Beth and her husband to their sparky, confident daughter Zannah – she’s a really likable, engaging character who I
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Alexa
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
What a weird ride! I picked up this book for two reasons 1) Sophie Hannah took over for Agatha Christie/Poirot and was wrapped up in the whole Dan Mallory thing (she emerged as the Hero of that piece) and 2) the description had a bizarre, speculative bent to it and I HAD to read to find out what was going on.

To that end, this book didn't meet my expectations on some level, though that's also OK... I'm not sure I would have liked a book that did what I thought Perfect Little Children might.
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Alison Hardtmann
Sophie Hannah starts her thrillers with something so bizarre and inexplicable and works forward from there. When it works, the result is a novel that is a lot of fun, even if it might not hold up to a close examination. When it doesn't, the reader is left with an incoherent mess. Perfect Little Children is one with a particularly improbable beginning, and while it never really became believable, it was a novel that I was always eager to get back to.

Beth and her best friend parted under
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Sheri
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophie Hannah’s books are always hotly anticipated, by me anyway, and always set up incredibly intriguing, apparently inexplicable situations which generally become even more inexplicable and intriguing until the truth is finally unravelled. Here, the premise is two young children - Thomas and Emily, the children of protagonist Beth’s former best friend Flora - who apparently haven’t grown or changed at all in twelve years. Impossible, clearly, assuming science-fictional explanations are ruled ...more
Tracy Fenton
Haven't They Grown by Sophie Hannah is a standalone mystery/thriller and from the blurb one I thought would keep me guessing throughout.

Beth is a happily married mother of two teenage children running her own successful massage business from home.

On a whim whilst taking her son to an away football match she decides to take a detour and check out her ex-best friend's house. However what she sees defies logic and is completely impossible. Flora Baird pulls up outside her house and gets out of her
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Karen
Review to follow for blog tour but I really enjoyed this one
Jannelies
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, thriller
Sophie Hanna’s first psychological thriller Little Face came out in 2006 and I’ve been a fan of her ever since. Not that I like every book she’s written equally, but I’m always curious to see what she’s thought up.
Beth Leeson is a nice ordinary woman, married to a nice ordinary man, Dominique and their children are quite likable too, especially Zannah, the 16-year old daughter. How they came to be friends with boring Flora and her absolutely horrible husband Lewis, I don’t understand. Apparently
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Donna Maguire
My review will be live on my blog on 23rd January 2020 - publication day!

As soon as I read the blurb for this book I was intrigued and I started reading and was hooked by the first few chapters – this is a book that makes you think, you question what you know is right, or should be and the author takes you on a well woven tale until everything unravelled and I had a fair few OMG and whoa moments on the way!

I thought that the characterisation in the book was superb, I loved some, hated and
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Brianas_best_reads
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review

Thank you so much William Morrow for sending me a finished copy of “Perfect Little Children” to read and review! You can grab a copy on 2/4/20.

“Twelve years have passed...so why don’t Thomas and Emily look a day older?”

Wow was this book good! I think what I loved most is that there was no hesitation. The book opens up and dives straight into the main plot from the very beginning. You didn’t have to wait until midway through the book for the action to happen. I was hooked from chapter
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Jannelies
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come.
PacaLipstick Gramma
I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.

Wow! I finished this within 24 hours. It was that good.

The synopsis of the book is intriguing, and you have a heard time wrapping your brain around how two children couldn't have grown in twelve years. Before reading the book your brain goes through all the scenarios. In the first several pages, every possibility you have gone through has been addressed.

And you keep turning the pages because you just need to find out, "just what in the heck is going
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Callie Hill
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haven’t They Grown is a compulsive first-person narrative with a premise that is as mind-blowingly weird as it is un-putdownable. Twelve years ago Beth and her best-friend, Flora, were both young mums, each with a boy and a girl aged three and five. They’d been friends since Uni and told each other everything, so when Flora kept her third pregnancy a secret, Beth was both hurt and angry, leading to a rift in their friendship. In the present day, Beth accidentally on purpose takes the wrong ...more
Gillian Moore
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beth and Flora were best friends at University but something happened to end their friendship. Ten years later, Beth happens to be in the area that Flora and her family had moved to all those years ago. When her curiosity gets the better of her, Beth decides to drive down the road in hope of a glimpse of her former best friend. But what Beth sees rocks her world completely. Flora is there, looking almost the same but clearly having aged the ten years since they’ve last spoke. Then there is ...more
Javier
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As soon as I read the blurb for "Perfect Little Children" I got intrigued. The premise was so unusual that I couldn't begin to guess how it would unfold. With such an original starting point, this book could have gone terribly wrong, but nothing further from the truth. The author weaves such an intricately plot that you NEED to keep on reading to try to make some sense of what is happening, making Beth's character and her dogged pursuit of the truth completely relatable. One of the things I ...more
Robin
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s a classic French novel called Le Grand Meaulnes, which is basically in two parts. The first is about a runaway schoolboy who stumbles into a marvelous, fairy tale experience in an isolated, ancient mansion in the countryside. The second half is the prosaic, logical explanation of this seemingly magic occurrence and the resulting quotidian grind of real life. In a way it’s satisfying to know what really happened, but in another way you want to rip the book in two and throw the ending out ...more
Thebooktrail

Aah when you think nothing really happens in an English village...Sophie Hannah proves otherwise. In a little Cambridgeshire village, a mother takes her boy to the football. Passes a friends house who she hasn't seen for years and has a nosy. Turns out the children are still the same age as they were all those years ago. How? And so starts a very strange but unique novel by the clever twisty hands of Sophie hannah.

Aargh it's actually hard to write much more without giving it away. Ok so you have
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Dawn
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beth and her husband, Dom, were friends with Flora and Lewis. Now that friendship is broken and they haven’t seen each other in twelve years. Beth takes her son to football and sees Flora with two children who are identical to the children she remembers from 12 years previously. Why are they not any older? Beth starts to investigate why the children haven’t aged and what’s happened to their friendship.

This was a bit of an odd read, it was good but strange. I enjoyed it all the same but felt the
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Dawn Frazier
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I would give this 3 1/2 stars, it was a good suspsense novel, I liked the characters. Lots of twists and turns, although I did find myself wanting to get to the end so I could finally see what was going on. I did guess a little before I got to the end. Some of the book was a bit repetitious for me, Beth is completely obssessed with what is going on with her ex-friend and her husband. I wish there would have been a bit more of a storyline. All in all, a good book.
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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 ...more