“Plenty of time. You can take in a lot in a hundred and twenty seconds, and that’s all I came here to do: have a good look,” (Hannah 1).
Beth Leeson and Flora Braid aren’t friends anymore and haven’t spoken to one another in twelve years, but that doesn’t stop Beth from wanting to check up on her former friend when dropping her son off to his football game which just conveniently happens to be near where Flora and her husband now live. Beth ends up seeing Flora, older as expected, but her two children Thomas and Emily look the exact same age they were twelve years ago. Beth heard Flora call the children by their names so it must be them, but how could Flora’s children not age in twelve years?
I really enjoyed Perfect Little Children, even though it was much different than most thrillers I’ve read. It was refreshing for our protagonist Beth to be a mother with a healthy marriage and good relationship with her children and for the mystery of Flora and her children to not affect her marriage or children’s lives in any negative way. It was also refreshing that none of Beth’s family treated her like she was crazy when she claimed that Flora’s children hadn’t aged. It would have been easy for Hannah to go with the “mad woman” trope and have everyone in Beth’s life disregard her, have her marriage on the brink of breaking over it and her children avoiding her and I loved that that didn’t happen. You don’t realize how many tropes popular thrillers use until you read a book that refuses to conform to them.
That being said, I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style. It wasn’t bad but it didn’t necessarily keep me hooked, and the ending and reveal was incredibly dramatic and felt like something out of a Lifetime thriller but it was still fitting. Overall Perfect Little Children is a refreshing thriller and a must-read for anyone tired of the angst, darkness, and endless twists that take over so many thrillers this day, Hannah’s given the genre a fresh start that it so desperately needed.
Publication: January 23rd 2020
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 329 pages
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤
“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? ”