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Saving Sophie

Author: Sam Carrington
Published: 12 August 2016
Reviewed: 12 August 2016
5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by HarperCollins UK, Avon in return for an honest review

Saving Sophie is Sam Carrington’s début novel and having seen the hype about it on social media I was curious enough to get a copy from the publisher to review.  Thank goodness I did, this is an absolutely brilliant book, it’s a cleverly plotted, gripping psychological thriller that sucks the reader in and holds them rigid.

The prologue and first chapter ensure that the reader’s interest is piqued, and sets up the plot perfectly.  They also define what you will be doing for the rest of the day/evening…… yes, this is a book that once picked up you will struggle to put down again.  

Narrated alternately by Sophie, her mother Karen, Detective Inspector Lindsay Wade (who is investigating Amy’s disappearance), the reader really gets to  know the main characters well.  Cunningly, Sam Carrington has created characters that are multidimensional with interesting personalities and quirks – so much so that the reader can experience the impending doom, and the desperate panic felt by them but also the panic attacks suffered by Karen, the inclusion of the details about breathing was very shrewd and I will admit that it did have an affect on me.  Characterisation in general was good, they were engaging, believable and at times infuriating (aren’t most teenagers?)  Clearly Sam Carrington has experience with troublesome teens.  

The plotting is something of an art form, little hints of information peppered throughout reveal hidden secrets and surprises, yet all the while the story twists into a coil of intensity.  This is not a book where the reader can easily pre-empt the author, just how a thriller should be in my opinion.  Carrington’s writing style was enjoyable, adding in the anonymous email correspondence broke up the narration but also allowed the tension to build, moving the story along smoothly whilst reminding the reader of the dangers of the internet and those using it.  

A gripping thriller, and an unbelievable début from Sam Carrington, this book will have most readers hooked for the duration.  This is definitely an author to keep a watch on, and thankfully book two is in the pipeline.

You can buy a copy of Saving Sophie here.  

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