Perfect Little Children
by Hannah, Sophie






Spying on a former best friend she has not seen in years, Beth is alarmed when she discovers that the woman's children do not appear to have aged. By the best-selling author of The Monogram Murders. 75,000 first printing.





Hannah never fails to surprise and entertain, whether with her police procedurals, her Agatha Christie mysteries, or her stand-alones. This one falls into the latter category, with its quotidian setting in which something is terribly wrong. On a whim, Beth Leeson stops by the home of her former best friend, Flora Braid, whom she hasn't seen in 12 years. There she watches Flora letting her children, Thomas and Emily, out of the car. But the children seem to be the same ages they were 12 years ago, not the teenagers they should be now. Later, Beth runs into Flora in town, and Flora runs from her. Beth must confront the guilt she feels for the way their friendship ended, but she isn't about to let go of the Braid family mystery until she gets to the bottom of it, a quest that eventually involves her traveling to Florida and facing mortal danger. Long-buried family secrets corrode the closest of family relationships, and a man's desire for physical human perfection leads to his taking unimaginable actions. A tightly wound tale of love gone awry. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





Hannah never fails to surprise and entertain, whether with her police procedurals, her Agatha Christie mysteries, or her stand-alones. This one falls into the latter category, with its quotidian setting in which something is terribly wrong. On a whim, Beth Leeson stops by the home of her former best friend, Flora Braid, whom she hasn't seen in 12 years. There she watches Flora letting her children, Thomas and Emily, out of the car. But the children seem to be the same ages they were 12 years ago, not the teenagers they should be now. Later, Beth runs into Flora in town, and Flora runs from her. Beth must confront the guilt she feels for the way their friendship ended, but she isn't about to let go of the Braid family mystery until she gets to the bottom of it, a quest that eventually involves her traveling to Florida and facing mortal danger. Long-buried family secrets corrode the closest of family relationships, and a man's desire for physical human perfection leads to his taking unimaginable actions. A tightly wound tale of love gone awry. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





A woman reunited with an estranged friend discovers that nothing about her has changed in 12 years—including the ages of her children—and can't rest until she solves the mystery. Beth Leeson has always wondered what happened to Flora Braid after their friendship fell apart. But the Braids moved away, and they lost touch. Twelve years later, Beth decides to check on her and spies Flora coaxing her two small children, Thomas and Emily, ages 5 and 3, out of their car—which is crazy, because that's how old the kids were when Beth knew them. By now they should be teenagers. And the Braids' youngest child, Georgina, isn't there at all. Beth isn't crazy. She knows what she saw. Her daughter, Zannah, serves as a precocious sounding board for her evolving, and sometimes outlandish, theories: "Even if a science genius invented a drug that stopped people aging, they wouldn't freeze their kids in time at three and five. Those are pain-in-the-arse ages. You might freeze your kids at, like, nine and eleven," Zannah says to refute the idea that Thomas and Emily were part of a genetic experiment. But the simplest explanation they can think of—that the chi ldren are Thomas and Emily's younger siblings—doesn't quite add up. Why would Flora give all her children the same names? The question then becomes, how well did Beth really know the Braids? With a combination of social media stalking and amateur detective work, Beth tracks down Flora and her husband, Lewis, in both England and Florida and discovers that her old friends are leading double lives in more ways than one. Initially, the bond between the two women seems too weak to warrant such an intense search, but as Beth considers the problems that Flora might've been dealing with years ago that she hadn't noticed, her curiosity thaws into genuine concern that turns her mission into a moral imperative. Save a friendship, save a life—a surprising lesson for an unusual and absorbing thriller. Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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