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Haven't They Grown

Narrated by: Laura Kirman
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The new stand-alone from 'one of the great unmissables of the genre - intelligent, classy and with a wonderfully gothic imagination' (The Times) - with a disturbingly impossible situation. 

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 12 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?

©2020 Sophie Hannah (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Sophie Hannah interesting writer

I’m not sure what I think about this book. In some areas it’s great I enjoy the characters. The story is rather convoluted. At times I really enjoyed it, but really it’s very dense very silly to in some ways. Not sure I will read any more of her books.

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  • Bastet Pybus
  • 24-01-2020

Fabulous in parts

I loved the first two thirds of this, and up until then thought this was Sophie Hannah’s best yet: really intriguing premise, and excellent mother-daughter detecting duo! The final third was good but felt like it belonged to a slightly different book. Still, overall this was a gripping listen and highly recommended.

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  • Peevso
  • 03-03-2020

Convoluted story that irritates more than it entertains!

The premise of this book sounded rather intriguing but I was sorely disappointed. The story twists and turns, creating a plot so ridiculous and unbelievable,it is frustrating to listen to.
The irritating and unlikable characters tried my patience constantly and were made worse by the terrible voices given to them by the narrator. Unfortunately, the narrators “expressive” voice added to my annoyance with the constant change in tone (scratchy or nasal) and volume and I was surprised to hear an error and correction included in the audio as well!
Overall, I do not recommend this book unless you enjoy shrieking “What?!”, “Oh come on!”, “That is ridiculous!” And other less polite phrases, at your listening device at regular intervals!

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  • Liz
  • 19-02-2020

Truly absurd!

I have enjoyed all of Sophie Hannah previous books but will think carefully about bothering with the next one. This is not a psychological thriller but a long-drawn-out, extremely repetitive and totally unlikely tale. Of course novels by their nature do not have to depict wholly credible situations but this one asks for its readers to embrace ‘Suspended Reality’ but not in a good way and to care for a cast of totally disagreeable characters. The only one it is possible to have vague sympathy for is poor Dom, the narrator’s husband. The sudden interlude at the school is frankly bizarre, for a few seconds I thought my device had switched to a different book!!! I think it was there to demonstrate to the reader (if one didn’t have the message by then!!!) what a determined person Beth is and that she will stand up for fairness and justice! Honesty...., it doesn’t work, it is just patronising to the reader. Sorry Sophie Hannah, this one is a total damp squid!!!

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  • Dolly
  • 12-02-2020

long

I found this book really long and drawn out. always thinking it was going to get better. But it didn't . So far fetched.

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  • Jeanspink
  • 12-02-2020

too far fetched!

it was ok. a little too far fetched, but enjoyed listening to it on a long car journey.

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  • Jamie L
  • 04-02-2020

Paranoia to the extreme

Very slow pace and excruciating dull in parts. A story of extreme obsessiveness and a very nosy person. Could be more interesting and faster.

Clever in the end. Dull and monotonous narrator - great to fall asleep to.

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  • Angela W.
  • 02-04-2020

very improbable.

I waited until the end to see if it would improve. But there were too many twists. The narrator was good. Thats the only reason i kept listening.

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  • Susan Adams
  • 29-03-2020

Wow! Couldn't stop listening!!

Excellent thriller!! Everything I need a thriller to be, WOW!!! Thank you, Sophie - awesome!!

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  • Ms AC Blundy-Mortimer
  • 28-03-2020

'The Braids' said 4000 times gets really weird

I really love Sophie Hannah, but something's gone a bit wrong. I think she's been told that she's really good at complex plotting so she concentrates pretty much wholly on that and loses the characterisation, warmth and humour that a lot of her books have (especially the police force ones with Charlie and Proust). Everyone in this is a bit flat and it's all focused on the untangling of the plot which, as so often in books with a complex mystery, is a bit of an unlikely let down in the end. That would be fine if the humour she's so good at was in evidence, but it isn't. Also, and this is a ridiculously minor point, there is such endless repetition of the family's name 'The Braids' that is becomes actually weird. Mostly people don't refer to people like this, Mr Braid, Mrs Braid, The Braids, that it feels tired and odd. Maybe it's intentional but I didn't get it.

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  • D. Waterworth
  • 24-03-2020

Disappointing ending

I found I have little patience for Beth and the end was so Hollywood predictable, I was left extremely disappointed despite being drawn into the story. The way Beth deals with the ending is totally unrealistic. I read this ahead of it being my book club suggestion then decided I wouldn't recommend it, fine if you choose to but wasn't prepared to subject my club to it.