Haven’t They Grown by Sophie Hannah
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on 23rd January 2020 in Hardback & eBook
My first book tour of 2020 – and it’s a good one. We all know that I’m a big fan of thrillers and psychological fiction – I don’t half harp on about the fact so the fact that my first tour of 2020 is a thriller means that the year is definitely off to a good start. I’ve never read a Sophie Hannah book, which apparently is a bit of a travesty as she seems to have a lot of books that would be right up my street. Picking up Haven’t They Grown has definitely rectified the fact – and I’ll be grabbing more of her books in the coming year.
Haven’t They Grown focuses itself on Beth and her family. We learn that Beth had a falling out with one of her closest friends, 12 years before the story starts, and finds herself dropping off her son at a football match nearby to where they lived prior to their disagreement. She’s naturally curious – who wouldn’t be?- and parks up outside their house for a few minutes. When Flora gets out of the car, there’s no mistaking her at all – neither is there any mistaking her two children Thomas and Emily. Which is a bit of a weird one, considering she hasn’t seen them in 12 years and they don’t appear to have aged whatsoever. Beth is curious and digs deeper and deeper into the strange curiosities surrounding Flora and her family – putting herself and the ones she loves in serious, serious danger in the process.
I really enjoyed the story and read it in two sittings – refusing point blank to put it down until I’d got to the end. I enjoyed the characterisation and found myself to be a massive fan of Beth’s daughter Suzanna. Beth herself irked me at times – particularly when things took a turn for the creepy and put her own husband and children at risk – but it was all part and parcel of the story. Sophie Hannah’s writing kept me gripped on the tale and there wasn’t a point where I found myself dragging myself through the pages – Haven’t They Grown was a definitely page turner, for lack of a better phrase, and one that I definitely recommend if you’re a fan of thrillers just like me.