She's only been gone two hours. Her husband, David, was meant to be looking after their two-week-old daughter. But when Alice Fancourt walks into the nursery, her terrifying ordeal begins, for Alice insists the baby in the cot is a stranger she's never seen before. With an increasingly hostile and menacing David swearing she must either be mad or lying, how can Alice make the police believe her before it's too late?
©2006 Sophie Hannah (P)2007 ISIS Publishing Ltd
I gave up with this one - and I don't often do that. I got about half way through and decided to flick to the end, heard what was coming and couldn't be bothered to finish the rest of it which was a shame as the premise was quite interesting. I became irritated beyond words with Alice - yup, can see why she was a holistic therapist. The police procedure appeared shonky at best. My only regret is that I didn't listen to it earlier then I could have returned it.
"Load of codswallop"
A totally annoying listen. The main character Alice is completely unbelievable - almost absurd. the narration is sub standard and the male and female voices did not sound very different. I listened to the end on the off chance it would resolve anything but it didnt:-(
"Another tense thriller"
I wouldn't listen again- too many other books to listen to. And I know what happened now- The thrill is listening and trying to work out the mystery...
Simon Waterhouse in his arrogance!
Vivienne was expressed so coldly - very skilfully I thought. All the characters are well read with no confusion about who is who.
Some aspects turned my stomach- She writes so powerfully about a woman in a vulnerable position.
I have just bought the next book!
More believable characters lest predictable plot
No this was the weakest part of the audiobook. She was totally miscast
The relationship between Charlie and Simon
My first encounter with a Sophie Hannah book - good listen but a little strange and lacking plot.
"Well paced until the final chapter"
I felt the narration was strong (despite other negative reviews) my problem was the weak and somewhat forced ending, too many small & unbelievable twists that rendered the main plot academic. Shame as I have enjoyed all Hannah's other books.
was put off initially by a ghastly Americanisation (it's an accelerator, not gas pedal) but it was a good listen, if not a tad predictable.
"Not sure I like it but need to know what happens"
Would def try another by this author but am finding the narration very irritating. The emphasis is very often on the wrong word and the tone of narration is too "school-marm" for me.
Not finished it yet - so far I don't have one
better voices - narrator is trying too hard to bring emotion to the reading and its very off putting
doubt it but then I don't go to the pictures very often
"Zzzzzzzzz.... So boring"
No, I would not. This is the most disappointing thing I have read in a long time.
I listened to the 'Monogram Murders' recently and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I would try another.
The lack of differences between the voices. The male and female voices sounds identical.
Alice! Very, very, annoying character. I just wanted to slap her all the way through.
I found this book tedious and boring. I held out and persevered, although I almost turned it off a dozen times. I had hoped it would improve, but sadly it didn't, and it just became more annoying and unbelievable. I was disillusioned by the end.
"Twists and turns a-plenty!"
The interesting twists and turns and surprises...This is a really gripping story.
David - he took me by surprise.
She does voices - I like 'voices' for different characters.
I do not want to give too much away about the story - but the bathroom scene was shocking.
A thoroughly gripping story from beginning to end.
Yes to Sophie Hannah (I've already listened to a later book of hers), but would probably avoid Charlotte Strevens unless she was reading a book I really wanted to hear.
As mentioned above, I'd already read The Point of Rescue, which is a later book that features Simon and Charlie in the police roles. In that story I found them both likeable and interesting characters - the same cannot be said for them in Little Face. So the police characters weren't engaging; what about the others? Vile, every one of them!
I was recently very impressed with Tracy-Ann Oberman as a narrator and would love to hear her reading something else. I'm afraid Charlotte Strevens' tone was very irritating to me - I felt like I was back in the 1950's hearing "Listen with Mother".
The first few chapters, when the circumstances of the situation were being laid out for the readers/listeners were very well done, but I resent the time I spent reading beyond that. As another reviewer said, I persevered to the end in the hope that a reasonable resolution/explanation would redeem this book. It didn't.
I don't often review my Audible reads - only the very best and the very worst. I appreciate that it's my personal opinion, but I wouldn't be recommending Little Face to a friend I wished to stay friends with.
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