Haven't They Grown by Sophie Hannah

Haven't They Grown

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...


Details Haven't They Grown

TitleHaven't They Grown
Author
Release DateFeb 6th, 2020
PublisherHodder & Stoughton
LanguageEnglish
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction
Rating

Reviews Haven't They Grown

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    1970-01-01
    This is So Wild! THIS IS SOOOO CRAZY! IF YOU LOVE YOUR BRAIN AND NOT TO GET EXPLODED SO EASILY BE CAUTIOUS AS YOU READ THIS BOOK! This is nassstyyy and I enjoy it wholeheartedly! I found my fictional soul mate: obsessive character reader, has no limits and never cares when somebody warns her to stop, a quiet young version Of Miss Marple and a little mature version of Nancy Drew, keeps digging and digging till she finds the truth! Yes! I’m talki...
  • Ceecee
    1970-01-01
    4-5 stars Well, if you like twisty and twistier then this is your book! Beth and Dom have grown apart from Flora and Lewis Brain and haven’t seen them for 12 years. On a whim, Beth decided to go to Newnham House, the last address she has for them. She parks up, sees Flora drive up to the secure gates of the large house, she gets out of the car with two children who she calls Thomas and Emily. What? The Thomas and Emily Beth knew should now be 1...
  • Miriam Smith
    1970-01-01
    I’d yet to read a Sophie Hannah book, even after they’d come highly recommended by fellow readers. I was therefore very excited to be given the opportunity to read her latest novel “Haven’t They Grown” (also under the title “Perfect Little Children”). “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 Flora, lives near the football ground,...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    1970-01-01
    This is So Wild! THIS IS SOOOO CRAZY! IF YOU LOVE YOUR BRAIN AND NOT TO GET EXPLODED SO EASILY BE CAUTIOUS AS YOU READ THIS BOOK! This is nassstyyy and I enjoy it wholeheartedly! I found my fictional soul mate: obsessive character reader, has no limits and never cares when somebody warns her to stop, a quiet young version Of Miss Marple and a little mature version of Nancy Drew, keeps digging and digging till she finds the truth! Yes! I’m talki...
  • Liz Barnsley
    1970-01-01
    Oh I ADORED this - twistier than you could hope for, a complex involving plot, a seemingly impossible mystery, with each passing page you get more and more addicted, whilst scratching your head in bemusement until Sophie Hannah unravels it all for you and it all makes sense. Clever clever. Also one of my favourite teenage characters in Zannah- a breath of fresh air.Full review to follow for the tour but definitely highly recommend.
  • Roman Clodia
    1970-01-01
    After a standalone and the Poirot novels it's nice to see Hannah going back to one of her 'impossible' mysteries though, sadly, she doesn't bring back her Culver Valley cops. She certainly hasn't lost her touch for wildly convoluted plots and actually delivers a denoument that is as twisted and cruel as we have hoped.That said, Beth can be an irritating narrator with her repetitive inner dialogue (yes, we're keeping up with the story, thanks!), h...
  • Sid Nuncius
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed Haven’t They Grown. It’s pretty far-fetched in places, but Sophie Hannah always writes very well and has produced another intriguing, readable mystery.The story is told in the first person by Beth Leeson, a mother of two teenagers in Cambridgeshire. The set-up is excellent: she sees a friend from whom she has been estranged for 12 years with her two children who still look five and three years old – as they did twelve years ago. W...
  • Sheri
    1970-01-01
    Sophie Hannah’s books are always hotly anticipated, by me anyway, and always set up incredibly intriguing, apparently inexplicable situations which generally become even more inexplicable and intriguing until the truth is finally unravelled. Here, the premise is two young children - Thomas and Emily, the children of protagonist Beth’s former best friend Flora - who apparently haven’t grown or changed at all in twelve years. Impossible, clea...
  • Alexa
    1970-01-01
    What a weird ride! I picked up this book for two reasons 1) Sophie Hannah took over for Agatha Christie/Poirot and was wrapped up in the whole Dan Mallory thing (she emerged as the Hero of that piece) and 2) the description had a bizarre, speculative bent to it and I HAD to read to find out what was going on.To that end, this book didn't meet my expectations on some level, though that's also OK... I'm not sure I would have liked a book that did w...
  • Alison Hardtmann
    1970-01-01
    Sophie Hannah starts her thrillers with something so bizarre and inexplicable and works forward from there. When it works, the result is a novel that is a lot of fun, even if it might not hold up to a close examination. When it doesn't, the reader is left with an incoherent mess. Perfect Little Children is one with a particularly improbable beginning, and while it never really became believable, it was a novel that I was always eager to get back ...
  • Rachel Hall
    1970-01-01
    Ultimately entertaining but slow to start and a highly convoluted and very twisted tale!Having previously only read a stand-alone by Sophie Hannah I didn’t fully appreciate her reputation for convoluted plots and taking seemingly impossible scenarios and ironing the contradictions out. I was aware of the authors pedigree however and came to Haven’t They Grown with rather high expectations and therefore when the story was slow to expand on the...
  • Terry
    1970-01-01
    The protagonist Beth, hasn't seen her ex best friend in quite a while, so out of curiosity she decides to drive by their house one day. She catches a peek of her ex friend and children getting into their car and at first glance things look normal. Beth does a hard double take though because the kids are the exact same age as they were when she saw them last, years earlier!From here this book twists and turns, and messes with your mind until the v...
  • Tracy Fenton
    1970-01-01
    Haven't They Grown by Sophie Hannah is a standalone mystery/thriller and from the blurb one I thought would keep me guessing throughout.Beth is a happily married mother of two teenage children running her own successful massage business from home.On a whim whilst taking her son to an away football match she decides to take a detour and check out her ex-best friend's house. However what she sees defies logic and is completely impossible. Flora Bai...
  • Donna Maguire
    1970-01-01
    My review will be live on my blog on 23rd January 2020 - publication day!As soon as I read the blurb for this book I was intrigued and I started reading and was hooked by the first few chapters – this is a book that makes you think, you question what you know is right, or should be and the author takes you on a well woven tale until everything unravelled and I had a fair few OMG and whoa moments on the way!I thought that the characterisation in...
  • Jannelies
    1970-01-01
    Review to come.
  • PacaLipstick Gramma
    1970-01-01
    I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.Wow! I finished this within 24 hours. It was that good.The synopsis of the book is intriguing, and you have a heard time wrapping your brain around how two children couldn't have grown in twelve years. Before reading the book your brain goes through all the scenarios. In the first several pages, every possibility you have gone through has been addressed.And you keep turning the pages because you just n...
  • Jannelies
    1970-01-01
    Sophie Hanna’s first psychological thriller Little Face came out in 2006 and I’ve been a fan of her ever since. Not that I like every book she’s written equally, but I’m always curious to see what she’s thought up.Beth Leeson is a nice ordinary woman, married to a nice ordinary man, Dominique and their children are quite likable too, especially Zannah, the 16-year old daughter. How they came to be friends with boring Flora and her absol...
  • Javier
    1970-01-01
    As soon as I read the blurb for "Perfect Little Children" I got intrigued. The premise was so unusual that I couldn't begin to guess how it would unfold. With such an original starting point, this book could have gone terribly wrong, but nothing further from the truth. The author weaves such an intricately plot that you NEED to keep on reading to try to make some sense of what is happening, making Beth's character and her dogged pursuit of the tr...
  • Thebooktrail
    1970-01-01
    Aah when you think nothing really happens in an English village...Sophie Hannah proves otherwise. In a little Cambridgeshire village, a mother takes her boy to the football. Passes a friends house who she hasn't seen for years and has a nosy. Turns out the children are still the same age as they were all those years ago. How? And so starts a very strange but unique novel by the clever twisty hands of Sophie hannah.Aargh it's actually hard to writ...
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    Full of twists and turns, ‘Haven’t They Grown’ is a fast paced, unique story that I really enjoyed. I didn’t see the ending coming and I was kept engaged throughout. It’s 4 stars from me!My review: https://whatrebeccasread.wordpress.co...
  • Carol Dimitriou
    1970-01-01
    I won this book in a GOODREADS giveaway, and I want to thank GOODREADS and William Morrow, the publisher, for giving me the opportunity to read it before it's publication in February, 2020.I have to say that the preview on the back of the book led me to expect a very different story from what it turned out to be. I expected the book to be very creepy, which it turned out to be, but in a way that I would never have expected. I don't want to spoil ...
  • Lalitha
    1970-01-01
    Overwrought and completely implausible plot — the twists felt anticlimactic. The only interesting, and frankly, believable character in the book was Zannah, the 17-year old daughter. I wish we had seen/heard more of her story, to be honest.
  • Louise
    1970-01-01
    I spent a lot of time wondering how our main character Beth ,could see two children who hadn't aged in 12 years,and her ex best friend who was currently living in Florida.No amount of thinking was ever going to come up with this story... I was thinking genetic tampering for sure,but the real story was more twisted and creepy than that.A hugely entertaining read.
  • Catherine
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to Net Galley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.Perfect Little Children is the story of Beth and her friendship with Flora. Beth hasn't spoken to Flora in 12 years and is surprised to see her with her two children, who appear to be the exact same age as when she last saw them. I was looking forward to reading this book, as I love a good psychological suspense novel. Unfortunately for me this book just did not deliver....
  • Caroline Kerdouci
    1970-01-01
    Having been lucky enough to be given an ARC of Sophie Hannah’s new novel, I was very much looking forward to reading Haven’t they Grown. Other reviews led me to believe I wouldn’t be disappointed and the first chapter, setting the scene did draw me in so that I felt excited for how this storyline was going to develop.Beth and Dom used to be great friends with Flora and Lewis Braid until an event that is alluded to saw them move away to the ...
  • Jellichor
    1970-01-01
    As soon as I read the blurb - and then the first few chapters - on ReadersFirst, I had to find out the whys, the hows and the 'BUT WHAT THE...??!'We are introduced to Beth - married mother of 2 - who is dropping her son off at football practice... only she has detoured somewhat to the front door of an old best friend who she hasn't seen in 12 years. She's lucky in her timing as she manages to catch a glimpse of her old friend, Flora, who looks th...
  • Callie Hill
    1970-01-01
    Haven’t They Grown is a compulsive first-person narrative with a premise that is as mind-blowingly weird as it is un-putdownable. Twelve years ago Beth and her best-friend, Flora, were both young mums, each with a boy and a girl aged three and five. They’d been friends since Uni and told each other everything, so when Flora kept her third pregnancy a secret, Beth was both hurt and angry, leading to a rift in their friendship. In the present d...
  • Robin
    1970-01-01
    There’s a classic French novel called Le Grand Meaulnes, which is basically in two parts. The first is about a runaway schoolboy who stumbles into a marvelous, fairy tale experience in an isolated, ancient mansion in the countryside. The second half is the prosaic, logical explanation of this seemingly magic occurrence and the resulting quotidian grind of real life. In a way it’s satisfying to know what really happened, but in another way you...
  • Debra Oehlberg
    1970-01-01
    "I spent a lot of time wondering how our main character Beth could see two children who hadn't aged in 12 years and her ex best friend who was currently living in Florida." This quote is part of another reviewer's summary of Perfect Little Children, but it so summarizes the mental wild goose chase my brain played throughout the book. This reviewer thought genetic tampering was an explanation. I wondered if it was some kind of fantasy/ghost theme....
  • Linda Hepworth
    1970-01-01
    Beth and Flora used to be best friends, but their friendship ended abruptly twelve years ago and they’ve not spoken to each other since then. However, over the years Beth has often thought about her old friend and one day, when she is driving her son Ben to his Under-14s away match, she remembers that Flora lives very close to the football ground. Although she asks herself why she should do something which is bound to dredge up painful memories...