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Haven't They Grown de Sophie Hannah
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Haven't They Grown (original: 2020; edição: 2020)

de Sophie Hannah (Autor)

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Monogram Murders and Woman with a Secret returns with a sharp, captivating, and expertly plotted tale of psychological suspense. All Beth has to do is drive her son to his soccer game, watch him play, and then return home. Just because she knows her ex-best friend lives near the field, 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 want to see her today--or ever again. But she can't resist. She parks outside the open gates of Newnham House, watches from across the road as Flora arrives and calls to her children Thomas and Emily to get out of the car. Except . . . There's something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt, but they haven't changed at all. They are no taller, no older. Why haven't they grown? How is it possible that they haven't grown up?… (mais)
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Título:Haven't They Grown
Autores:Sophie Hannah (Autor)
Informação:Hodder & Stoughton (2020), 336 pages
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Perfect Little Children de Sophie Hannah (2020)

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I just had to read this from the time I first saw it. Had to find out how in the world this was possible. In the 12 years since Beth had seen her friend and the then 3- and 5-year-old children...they should by now be teenagers...but no... they are the exactly the same ages they were 12 years ago. To further complicate matters...the youngest child, Georgina, isn’t there at all Now tell me that doesn’t puzzle and intrigue you too. Was the family a part of a drug trial that stopped the ageing process? Are these children a part of a second family? Seems strange that if this was true that they would have the same names as their older possible siblings. Something just doesn’t add up. Could the family be living a double life in more ways than one? These all seem impossible possibilities but if you want to find out you’ll have to read the book because you wouldn’t believe it if I told you. The only thing that continues to puzzle me and I just could not wrap my head around, was why Beth felt she was entitled to have every single one of her questions answered by these people she hadn't spoken to in 12 years. Guess it’s part of the mystery. It was a really, really good story and an absorbing thriller in spite of my one question. ( )
  Carol420 | Jun 14, 2021 |
This book was seriously twisted. And I mean that in a good way. I was completely drawn in and couldn’t put it down. When Beth drives past her old friend’s home, after not talking for 12 years, as a woman, I don’t think that’s so unusual. But when Beth sees her friend and her children, well something is definitely unusual. how is it possible that the children have not aged at all? Is Beth losing her mind? Is this a joke? Will the payoff be worth reading? That one is a definite yes.
Beth is a bit crazy and it will not be shut down in her quest to find the truth. Her daughter is quite interesting as her partner... if that’s what you want to call her. This is one of those books that you just have to read and trust it will all make sense in the end. I don’t think any review can do it justice.
I haven’t read a lot from Sophie Hannah but I plan to remedy that soon.
4.5 ⭐️ ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
This book is creepy, twisty, and surprising. It id drag a bit in the middle, but I enjoyed it. ( )
  DrApple | Feb 4, 2021 |
Credit Sophie Hannah's writing style and attention to detail to make Perfect Little Children an amazing combination of unbelievable and unbelievably entertaining.
Even though it's tough to accept the premise that a working mother would have such time and energy to devote to an off-the-wall quest, I kept reading to see what was going to happen. The conclusion was certainly more believable than some I imagined while reading. Wonderful insight on what "best friends" or bullies could do.
I especially enjoyed the character of Zannah and think she deserves her own story. ( )
  MM_Jones | Jan 12, 2021 |
Seldom does a book keep me reading all the way through to the end despite the frustration I feel the entire time I am turning its pages. Sophie Hannah’s Pretty Little Children just achieved that rarity - and I still feel frustrated. So let me tell you why.

First, the book’s hook is based entirely on a single sentence that is even prominently displayed on its cover: “Twelve years have passed…so why don’t Thomas and Emily look a day older?” The sentence is expanded upon inside the book jacket, too, with only a little more character background provided to entice potential readers. I’m not much of a fan of fantasy or horror novels, but because Perfect Little Children got nice coverage in one of the year-end issues of the New York Times Book Review as one of 2020’s better novels, I thought I’d give it a chance.

To her credit, Sophie Hannah’s writing style makes for a relatively easy reading experience, so before I knew it, I was fifty or sixty pages into the novel. If I am going to abandon a book, this is the point at which I would normally do it, but I was no closer to the truth about the kids, and I was well and truly hooked by its essential question. I knew that if I abandoned it, I would wonder for weeks what the answer to the riddle on the cover was, so I read on…and on, and on without getting much closer to an answer. And that is my second complaint about Perfect Little Children. Nothing much happens, and when something does happen, it moves the reader only a minute distance toward any answers about what is going on with Thomas and Emily. All the while, Beth, the book’s main character is struggling to make anyone take her seriously, even most members of her immediate family. And then everything ends in one of those big-reveal confessionals in the book’s last couple of short chapters. I admit that the book’s ending is a clever one, but by that point I was so frustrated with its pacing, that I still wish I had never started Perfect Little Children.

Bottom Line: So little happens that it is almost impossible to share any of the plot without risking an inadvertent reveal or two in the process, so I won’t even try to do that. Perfect Little Children is billed by its publisher as an “expertly plotted tale of psychological suspense.” Let’s just say that it plods along much too slowly to generate all that much suspense. ( )
  SamSattler | Jan 8, 2021 |
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Monogram Murders and Woman with a Secret returns with a sharp, captivating, and expertly plotted tale of psychological suspense. All Beth has to do is drive her son to his soccer game, watch him play, and then return home. Just because she knows her ex-best friend lives near the field, 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 want to see her today--or ever again. But she can't resist. She parks outside the open gates of Newnham House, watches from across the road as Flora arrives and calls to her children Thomas and Emily to get out of the car. Except . . . There's something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt, but they haven't changed at all. They are no taller, no older. Why haven't they grown? How is it possible that they haven't grown up?

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