I’m thrilled to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Haven’t They Grown by Sophie Hannah and sharing my review today. With thanks to Jenny at Hodder for the invite to join the tour and for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
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 her ex-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 for twelve years. She doesn’t want to see her today, or ever again.
But she can’t resist. She parks outside the open gates of Newnham House, 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. As Beth would have expected. It’s the children. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily 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 – Hilary 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?
In Haven’t They Grown we meet Beth who’s curiosity gets the better of her when she decides to look up an old friend, Flora. This single decision plunges Beth into a very strange situation because after seeing her friend and her children there is a big problem. Flora’s children look exactly the same as when Beth last saw them, which was 12 years ago!
From the very beginning Haven’t They Grown easily pulled me in and held my attention completely giving me a crazy and tension filled experience. I had so many theories running around in my head and for me this made the book even more compelling! My brain was trying to come up with answers and in short getting nowhere fast. There was something completely addictive about this story, even if you aren’t a naturally curious person I’m pretty sure that this book will instantly make you one!
Beth is so determined to get to the bottom of things even if at times she put herself in some extreme situations. There were a few moments where I wanted to reach in and give her a shake but on the other hand I have to admit that I was also just as guilty of willing her on as I really needed to know what was happening! All of the characters brought something to the story from the determined Beth to her teenage daughter Zannah who helped to bring a bit of light relief to the story. Haven’t They Grown has a crazy amount of twists, its plot is complex and this all combined easily to keep me on my toes.
If I had to describe Haven’t They Grown in one word I would pick twisty! It really is a non stop story filled with secrets and lies it made me question everything and everyone! With each revelation the tension increased all heading for an explosive ending that I loved!