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Review: Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah

Summary from Goodreads:

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 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 and her children Thomas and Emily step out of the car. Except… There’s something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older. As Beth would have expected. It’s the children. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then.

They are still five and three. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt – Hilary hears Flora call them by their names – but they haven’t changed at all.

They are no taller, no older… Why haven’t they grown?


I picked up this thriller randomly from the library because of the cover. It is my first Sophie Hannah novel and won’t be my last!

I flew through this intriguing thriller in no time because the plot was so compelling. The main storyline, where our main character Beth sees her estranged friend and her children after twelve years but the children have not aged since she last saw them. The main mystery hooked me and kept me reading until the reveal at the end.

I liked the main twist at the end and how the thriller concluded. I’m a fan of Sophie Hannah’s writing style, she made it easy to connect with the main character and her family.

However, I did feel that the last few chapters did have some info-dumping that made it hard to follow everything that was being revealed. Despite that, it was a great read!

I recommend checking out this well-written and unique thriller.


4 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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