Thursday, October 25, 2007

Pg. 69: Sophie Hannah's "Little Face"

The current feature at the Page 69 Test: Sophie Hannah's Little Face.

About the book, from the author's website:
When Alice Fancourt returns home after having been out for the first time without her two-week-old daughter Florence, she insists that the baby she finds at home, in the care of her husband David, is not their daughter but a child she has never seen before. David denies it, claiming that the baby is Florence and that Alice has gone mad. Is she crazy, or is David lying, and if so, why would he do such a thing? And where is the real Florence? Alice has no proof, but she needs the police to believe her, and quickly. While they wait for the DNA test that will settle the matter, valuable time is being lost, and David’s behaviour towards Alice becomes increasingly threatening and sinister. Can Alice make the police listen to her before it's too late?
Among the praise for Little Face:

"This may well turn out to be the detective novel of the year. A terrifying mystery of manipulation, counter-manipulation and, finally, astounding revelation. It's a haunting story told with bewitching skill."
—Gerald Kaufman, The Scotsman

"Fascinating and original ... beautifully written ... outstandingly chilling"

"Quite brilliant"’
The Times (London)

Little Face is a wonderful work, a brilliant use of mirrors and the writer's magic. Chilling, tantalizing, and ultimately fair and deeply satisfying.”
—Barbara D'Amato, Death of a Thousand Cuts

“Hannah adapts to crime fiction with arresting aplomb: her characters are vivid, the novel’s challenging double narrative is handled with flair, and its denouement is ingenious.”
Sunday Times (London)
Read an excerpt from Little Face and learn more about the novel at Sophie Hannah's website.

Sophie Hannah is a bestselling poet and novelist who regularly performs her work both in the U.K. and abroad.

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