Hello! I’m here with another book review for you!
I’ve been sick the past few days, and the only thing keeping me sane is reading (and naps!). I recently found this book/series from a recommendation list, and I quite hooked from the synopsis alone. Domestic thriller? Yes. Missing Child? Yes. Dectectives? Yes.
Let’s get onto the review!
Little Face by Sophie Hannah
Edition: kindle, 357 pages
Publication Date: August 24th 2006 by Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 0340840323 (ISBN13: 9780340840320)
Series: Spilling CID #1
It’s every mother’s nightmare …
The first time Alice Fancourt goes out after their daughter is born, she leaves the two-week-old infant with her husband, David. When she returns only two hours later, she swears the baby in the crib is not her child. Despite her distress, David is adamant that she is wrong.
The police are called to the scene. Detective Constable Simon Waterhouse is sympathetic, but he doubts Alice’s story. His superior, Sergeant Charlie Zailer, thinks that Alice must be suffering from some sort of delusion brought on by postpartum depressions.
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?
‘ Little Face’ is the first book of a new book series by Sophie Hannah. It follows Alice Fancourt, a new mom to a beautiful little baby girl. When she leaves her two-week-old baby, alone, at home with her husband; she does not expect to come to find that the baby in their daughter’s crib is certainly not their baby. David, her husband, thinks different. He swears the baby is their daughter.
Not only are the couple conflicted, but the police are too. Detective Constable Simon Waterhouse is immediately called, and he has doubts about Alice’s story. His superior, Sergeant Charlie Zailer, concludes that Alice must be suffering from some sort of delusion brought on by postpartum depression.
With her own husband doubting her, how will Alice convince the police to find her daughter?
First of all, I really liked the premise of the book. After reading the book synopsis, I knew that this domestic suspense thriller is exactly what I want. It’s always makes for a tense book when a baby or child is involved in a thriller. The topic of post party depression delusions is very much a real thing, and I think that’s what made this fictional story realistic– and kind of scary. Because you find yourself doubting Alice, her intentions and everything about where the story is going.
This book had me ripped me during the first half– I was completely enthralled by the plot and the complexity of the theories. However, the second half was a lot slower. Honestly, it did feel a bit repetitive at times, and in my opinion, the book would’ve worked just fine if it was shorter. There were some scenes which I felt were filler scenes and added nothing to the overall plot.
The mystery surrounding the baby was the standout plot for me. Like I said, it was realistic– which makes it scarier. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and as someone who watches a lot of true crime– I would know that it’s a real possibility, unfortunately. I was so invested in the story that there were moments that made me, the reader, doubt myself as well. It’s also told in first person, so we get front row seats to Alice’s thoughts during her perspective. And although we get insight to her thoughts, there are still parts of her thoughts that remain hidden (for good reason!).
I also liked how this book was structured. The constant shift in perspective during every chapter keeps the suspense and tension up. One chapter we are watching as Alice tries to convince her husband that the baby in the crib is not their daughter, and then it switches to Detective Constable Simon Waterhouse’s perspective on the case. However, I will admit that I was far too focused on Alice’s POV and her story rather than Charlie and the police’s POVs.
A successful thriller, to me, is one that has a solid conclusion. The conclusion in this book was pretty satisfying. I’m glad all the loose ends were tied, and I can confidently say that I felt like all of my questions were answered by the end.
To conclude, I will be continuing on with the series and I cannot wait to see what future cases lie in place for Detective Constable Simon Waterhouse and Sergeant Charlie Zailer.
Have you read Little Face by Sophie Hannah or any of her other books?
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