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Little Face (Flipback) [Hardcover]

Sophie Hannah
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15 Sep 2011 Flipback (Book 11)

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

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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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (15 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444730452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444730456
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 12 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,184,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 27 countries. In 2013, her novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards. Sophie has also published five collections of poetry. Her fifth, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 T S Eliot Award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK. Sophie lives with her husband and children in Cambridge, where she is a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College. She has recently written a new novel starring Hercule Poirot, approved by the Agatha Christie estate and due to be published in September 2014. This new Poirot novel has already sold to more than 30 countries. Sophie's website is www.sophiehannah.com, and you can follow her on Twitter at @sophiehannahcb1.

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Fliss Benson is a TV producer struggling to deal with a personal tragedy in her own life. She receives at work an anonymous card which consists of 16 numbers arranged in four rows of four. These numbers mean absolutely nothing to her. At the same time, she is handed a particularly unwelcome assignment: she has to work on a documentary about cot death and three mothers accused (wrongly, it seems) of murder: Helen Yardley, Sarah Jaggard and Rachel Hines. The controversial Dr Judith Duffy, who was responsible for the arraignment of the women after the death of their children, is now under investigation for misconduct, and the women have been set free. Fliss Benson’s reluctance to work on the film springs from a particularly personal issue -- involving both cot death and the suicide of someone very close to her.

This is the arresting premise of Sophie Hannah’s A Room Swept White, and it's further proof (if proof were needed) that since her remarkable debut with Little Face, Hannah seems almost unable to put a foot wrong in the arena of the psychological thriller. The scenario here darkens when one of the three women, Helen Yardley, is found dead at her home. On the body is a card with the same layout of numbers arranged in four rows of four that Fliss Benson had been sent. She is soon faced with both intimidating moral dilemmas and physical danger. Par for the course, in fact, for a Sophie Hannah heroine. Apart from the sheer storytelling skill which is the sine qua non of Hannah's work, one of the most impressive aspects of her books is a subtlety with which she is able to address a variety of moral arguments -- such as the massively divisive issue of cot death in this book. In these areas, the tabloid press is always looking for villains, be they child-killing mothers or heartless social workers. Hannah is well aware that such moral issues are never clear cut, and the fact that she is able to address such subtleties in the context of a page-turning thriller is a mark of her skills. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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)

'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)

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)

Fascinating and original . . . beautifully written . . . outstandingly chilling (Spectator on LITTLE FACE)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment 26 Sep 2011
By Jennifer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
When TV producer Fliss Benson receives an anonymous card at work containing sixteen numbers arranged in rows of four, it means absolutely nothing to her and she has no idea what to make of it.

On the same day, Fliss discovers she is going to be working on a documentary about miscarriages of justice involving mothers wrongly accused of murder, when their babies suffered cot-death. The documentary is to focus on three women: Helen Yardley, Sarah Jaggard and Rachel Hines who are all now free, whilst Dr Judith Duffy who was involved in child protection, is under investigation for misconduct after trying her best to ensure all three women would be sent to prison for life.

For reasons only known to herself, this is not a project Fliss wants to be working on, but then Helen Yardley is found dead at her home and in her pocket is a card just like the one Fliss received, with sixteen numbers on it arranged in rows of four...

A couple of years ago I read one of Sophie Hannah's first novels, 'Little Face' and thoroughly enjoyed it. I then equally enjoyed subsequent novels 'Hurting Distance' and 'The Point of Rescue' and thought I had found a new author to enjoy. However, despite looking forward to reading the next novel from Sophie Hannah, entitled 'The Other Half Lives' I found I was left disappointed, as it was very poor compared to the previous novels.
So when 'A Room Swept White' was published last year, I hoped that this book would see a return to form for Sophie Hannah, but unfortunately I found that once again I did not enjoy the book.

Although the blurb on the back of the book sounded interesting and something I would enjoy, I found that right from the first page, 'A Room Swept White' was a very difficult book to get into.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Confused Characters 2 May 2011
I found this book almost unreadable, and in particular the characters of Ray and Angus Hines to be ridiculous.
The narrative meanders on, with police you would never want to investigate a crime you had suffered from, the murders, or rather the explanation we are supposed to credit, make little sense.
The behaviour of the policeman Proust would, one hopes, not be tolerated by his fellow officers.
The journalist Natrass is another absurd character.
Do not read this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, I agree with the more negative reviews 23 Oct 2010
I keep giving Sophie Hannah the benefit of the doubt, but yet again, I was left disappointed. I had taken this book on holiday, and so I had more time than usual to settle down to a good read, and to start off with it felt like a real page-turner. But the confusion of the second half of the book left me so confused, that although I stuck with it to the end, I felt completely let down. I won't mention any of the detail, as I wouldn't want to spoil it for those who do enjoy it, but there were so many gaping holes and unexplained twists that I was really only stumbling through the final chapters. Sorry Sophie, it looks like I have a downer on you - not so, I enjoyed your first novels, but this seems like a great story idea allowed to run amok.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good pyschological thriller 25 Aug 2010
The strength of this book, for me, was the subject matter. I love a good pyschological thriller anyway but you'd have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by cot deaths and cases involving the deaths of babies which are at the centre of this book. It's topical, relevant and current. And it made me think and ask myself questions that I had perhaps not asked myself before - A Room Swept White is a very clever book that looks at this whole issue without taking sides.

The story is told in both first person (from the view point of Fliss Benson, a TV producer who is pretty low down the pecking order) and also the third person so the reader is privvy to all the goings on in the case. The book starts with the murder of Helen Yardley who was aquitted a few years ago of killing her two babies and spent 9 years in jail for their murder. She teamed up with a TV producer / Journalist called Laurie Natriss and together they formed JIPAC (Justice for Innocent Parents and Carers) and subsequently set about securing the releases of other women who had also been convicted of killing their own babies or those in their care. The morning after Helen's murder, Fliss Benson is suddenly promoted and asked to carry on making the documentary about the released women, and Laurie Natrass leaves the company. That same morning Fliss received in the post a small white card with 16 numbers on it, which means nothing to her until she finds out that Helen has the same card left on her body by the murderer. What follows is a quest to not only find Helen Yardley's killer before he strikes again but also to get to the truth about whether she did or didn't kill her two boys.

What let this book down for me were most of the characters.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing... 4 Aug 2010
By lyns
I was really looking forward to reading this book - I thought the storyline sounded really interesting and it started well. However, it soon went downhill. I didn't particularly like any of the characters and found some of the 'twists' hard to believe. I felt the story didn't really go anywhere and lots of characters were introduced and ended up being pretty pointless. The ending was also disappointing. This was the first Sophie Hannah book I have read and, unfortunately, it hasn't made me want to read any more of them.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Because I had enjoyed other books by this author
I stuck with this book to the bitter end! Why? Because I had enjoyed other books by this author. I couldn't believe this author could produce such a totally irritating... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carole Walker
2.0 out of 5 stars Bought from Oxfam but going in the bin
I supect Sophie Hannah is getting a bit fed up with writing psychological thrilelrs but that's what her publisher wants so that's what she's writing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pip
1.0 out of 5 stars A good plot searching for characters
A really story idea wasted by Sophie Hannah. The characters, particularly Fliss, were just silly and well deserved of their ridiculous names . Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bookworm
3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As I Would Have Liked
I enjoy Sophie Hannah's books and this was the only one I had left to read and, as it was earlier in the series than this year's rather awful 'The Carrier', I was expecting a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by MS L BROWN
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and Frustrating
Can a novel work in the first person present tense? It doesn't work in this one and is incredibly annoying. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kindle_lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing.
So we come to "A Room Swept White" my favourite of the Simon Waterhouse series and possibly the one that bends your brain the most. Fliss Benson receives a card. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Liz Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
A lovely book, characters plausable, settings realistic - my first Sophie Hannah book but it wont be the last. Looking to the next one.
Published 14 months ago by Irenee
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best but still compelling
I have enjoyed all of Sophie Hannah's books to varying degrees, and while I'll admit that this is not her finest work, it is still a good read that keeps you guessing. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nichola Thorpe
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read
Once again Sophie Hannah has the reader enthralled and one is holding ones breath, wondering what will happen next and how it possible could end.
Published 15 months ago by N. L. Burnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Another excellent psychological thriller by Sophie Hannah. I've ordered two more! This story is a reminder of cases in real,life but with its own twists and turns.
Published 17 months ago by Bluestocking
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