By Sophie Hannah
A creepy, fast moving mental mystery from the writer of The fallacious Mother and The different Woman’s House
It’s each mother’s worst nightmare. while Alice Fancourt leaves her baby daughter at domestic along with her husband for the 1st time, she comes domestic to a scary discovery: her baby has been swapped with one other child. In close to hysterics, Alice rushes to name the police, yet quickly discovers that not anyone, now not even her husband David, believes her. while the police arrive, Detective Simon Waterhouse is interested in the beautiful Alice yet doubts her tale and suspects that she is struggling with postpartum melancholy. in the meantime, David is turning out to be more and more adverse and Alice starts off to worry that her baby’s disappearance should be associated with his first wife’s premature loss of life. Can Alice persuade the police prior to it’s too late?
The first ebook in Sophie Hannah’s acclaimed Zailer and Waterhouse sequence demonstrated her as a brand new grasp of mental suspense. For enthusiasts of Tana French and Tess Gerritsen, Little Face is a chilling examine the lengths to which a mom will visit safeguard her baby.
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He came across he may possibly rarely swallow. This time it'd be extra severe than a Reg nine. He’d been a idiot to fail to remember – besides the fact that in brief, in spite of the fact that understandably – that he used to be no longer this type of one who bought away with issues. these creepy bastards from the interior self-discipline Unit had most likely already emptied his locker. He felt a churning in his intestine. 1/2 his brain was once busy rehearsing his defence whereas the opposite part fought to suppress the urge to run, to take off. In Simon’s myth it'll no longer be a cowardly flight. it'd be gradual, dignified, disillusioned. He pictured himself turning into smaller and smaller till he was once a line, a dot, not anything. The attract of the grand gesture, the silent departure. Charlie will be left thinking about how, accurately, she’d allow him down after which, as soon as she’d labored it out, wishing she’d listened to him. a few wish. Simon’s departures from all his past jobs have been frenzied, chaotic, with a soundtrack of shouted threats, of fists and toes smashing opposed to doorways and desks. He questioned what percentage new starts off an individual was once entitled to, what number occasions you'll say it was once the opposite person’s fault and really think it. ‘What? what's it? ’ he requested Charlie, skipping the pleasantries. He felt hole, as though an individual had taken a wide scoop out of him. ‘Have a fag. ’ She opened her packet of Marlboro lighting and thrust it at his face. ‘Just inform me. ’ ‘I will, if you’ll retain calm. ’ ‘For fuck’s sake! What’s occurred? ’ Simon knew he couldn’t cover his panic from Charlie, which made him even angrier. ‘Would you care to amend your tone, detective? ’ She pulled rank at any time when it appropriate her. One minute she was once Simon’s good friend and confidante, the following she was once reminding him of her stronger prestige. heat and coldness have been modes she may possibly turn on or off at a second’s realize. Simon felt like a creature squirming on a small glass slide. He used to be the problem upon which Charlie used to be accomplishing a long term scan, attempting substantially diverse techniques in fast succession: being concerned, flirty, far away. results of scan: topic completely burdened and uncomfortable. it'd be more straightforward to paintings for a guy. for 2 years, Simon had armed himself, privately, with the concept that he might request a move to a different sergeant’s staff. He had by no means obtained so far as doing it, wanting the concept that he can make the switch at any time greater than he wanted the switch itself. Charlie used to be a good skipper. She taken care of his pursuits. Simon knew why, and was firm to not believe to blame; her purposes have been her enterprise and will be no trouble of his. used to be it superstitious to think that the minute he now not had her security, he could urgently desire it? ‘I’m sorry,’ he acknowledged. ‘Sorry. Please, simply inform me. ’ ‘David Fancourt is in interview room 2 with Proust. ’ ‘What? Why? ’ Simon’s mind's eye wrestled with the jarring photo of Inspector Giles Proust nose to nose with a civilian. an exact individual, one that hadn’t been diminished to a reputation in a sergeant’s record, tidied right into a typeface. In Simon’s event, strange intended undesirable.