By Sophie Hannah

A creepy, fast paced mental mystery from the writer of The improper Mother and The different Woman’s House

It’s each mother’s worst nightmare. while Alice Fancourt leaves her infant daughter at domestic together with her husband for the 1st time, she comes domestic to a frightening discovery: her baby has been swapped with one other child. In close to hysterics, Alice rushes to name the police, yet quickly discovers that not anyone, now not even her husband David, believes her. whilst the police arrive, Detective Simon Waterhouse is attracted to the beautiful Alice yet doubts her tale and suspects that she is struggling with postpartum melancholy. in the meantime, David is becoming more and more opposed and Alice starts to worry that her baby’s disappearance could be associated with his first wife’s premature dying. Can Alice persuade the police sooner than it’s too late?

The first e-book in Sophie Hannah’s acclaimed Zailer and Waterhouse sequence verified her as a brand new grasp of mental suspense. For fanatics of Tana French and Tess Gerritsen, Little Face is a chilling examine the lengths to which a mom will visit defend her baby.

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And he’s the only you and your sergeant think over me,’ she acknowledged, in a tone that I took to exhibit anger. She was once very involved by means of the truth that she had now not spotted no matter if the letter used to be dated. ‘What if Little Face is Richard’s baby, David’s half-sister? ’ she acknowledged. ‘I’m definite he stated the child used to be due in September. Florence used to be born at the 12th of September! you need to do anything! ’ i attempted to provide an explanation for that the case used to be closed so far as the police have been involved, and that the easiest factor for Mrs Fancourt to do was once watch for the result of the DNA try out. I informed her that during my opinion it was once rash to imagine that the newborn on the Elms was once Richard Fancourt’s baby; there has been no facts to point this was once the case. ‘It might clarify why David’s so sort to Little Face, so approximately her, if she’s his sister’, stated Mrs Fancourt. I repeated that there has been no cause to imagine this, and reminded Mrs Fancourt that merely mins in the past she had tried to cajole me that the newborn on the Elms used to be the kid of her husband and his mistress. Mrs Fancourt grew to become offended and acknowledged, ‘I can’t win, am i able to? ’ throughout the interview, Mrs Fancourt’s demeanour in the direction of me was once intermittently adversarial, pleading and apathetic. I made a psychological notice to say my challenge for her welfare to Sergeant Zailer, with a view possibly to contacting Mrs Fancourt’s GP. 27 Thursday October 2, 2003 Vivienne, David and Little Face are within the backyard whilst I go back from my assembly with Simon. it's a cold, shiny day, and their faces are patched with mild and color, the influence of the sunlight shining throughout the leaves of the timber overhead. they continue to be completely nonetheless as I procedure, like 3 figures in a panorama portray, purely ever visible at a distance. Little Face is in her pram, wrapped in blankets, donning a yellow woolly hat. i will not aid remembering the day the 3 folks received the pram. It was once the day after i discovered out i used to be pregnant. I didn’t are looking to do whatever to tempt destiny, yet Vivienne insisted we would have liked to have a good time, so we went to the Mamas and Papas superstore in Rawndesley and spent hours studying pushchairs, prams and go back and forth structures. We have been chuffed then, we all. Vivienne even allowed David to tease her a bit while she insisted easy outdated pram used to be the one sort worthy contemplating. ‘It’s unlike you to move for the conventional choice, Mum,’ he stated, and Vivienne smiled. typically she items to all teasing, claiming that it truly is disrespect less than one other identify. ‘Where have you ever been? ’ Vivienne’s fingers grip the handles of the pram we ultimately selected. As ordinary, she obtained her manner. ‘Why didn’t you assert you have been going out? ’ ‘Just for a drive,’ I say, heading off David’s eye, pretending he's useless. Fleetingly, I want that this have been the case. I don’t imagine i'm going to ever recover from the indignities he has inflicted upon me, no longer so long as i do know that they exist in his brain in addition to in mine. Vivienne seems disillusioned. She doesn’t think me. ‘I used to be approximately to take the infant for a stroll around the gardens.

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