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Today is my stop on the blog tour for Haven’t They Grown by Sophie Hannah! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops!
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 that her former 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 Braid for twelve years.
But she can't resist. She parks outside Flora's house and 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 - just as Beth would have expected. It's the children that are the problem. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily Braid 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 - Beth 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?
What drew me to Haven’t They Grown was the absolute impossibility of the situation that Beth Leeson finds herself in on that morning dropping her son off to football practice. How on Earth can two children be exactly the same age as they were 12 years ago? Alongside Beth, I puzzled over this for almost the entirety of the book. Each new piece of information had my mind whirring with new theories and possibilities but I still couldn’t manage to explain that vital question. I wondered how Hannah was going to pull it off, but having read and enjoyed previous books of hers, I knew that somehow she would.
As Beth came closer to finding the answer to the mysteries of the Braid family, I felt the tension subtly build and eventually realised that I wouldn’t be able to stop reading until all was revealed. While I must say that at times I did find certain scenes a little dragged out for my liking, I later came to realise that this actually contributed to the building of that tension and in a way, the frustration I felt was representative of the way that Beth felt throughout the book, so this was actually something which helped me to connect with her more. I’d say that the ending was definitely worth the wait and the build up. It offered plenty of excitement, tension and satisfaction to say the least.
As I’ve always said, humour is something I really love to see, especially in a book of this genre and Haven’t They Grown had plenty of it. This often arose from Beth’s interaction with her family and I must say that I think Beth’s relationship with her family was one of my favourite parts of the book.
Overall, I’m giving Haven’t They Grown 4 out of 5. It’s impossible, chilling and cleverly written. If there’s one thing Haven’t They Grown illustrates, it’s that Sophie Hannah is at the top of her game.
This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review
About the Author
Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling crime fiction writer, translated into 49 languages and published in 51 countries. Her psychological thriller The Carrier won the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year in 2013. Sophie is the author of the bestselling Poirot continuation mysteries. The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives have been adapted for television as Case Sensitive, starring Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd. Sophie is also a bestselling poet who has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE and A-level. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She lives in Cambridge with her family.
N.B - apologies for the delay in posting, I had scheduled the review to post on the correct day and not realised that it hadn’t done so.
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