Sunday 11 September 2016

Saving Sophie - Sam Carrington

A teenage girl is missing. Is your daughter involved, or is she next?
Your daughter is in danger. But can you trust her?
When Karen Finch’s seventeen-year-old daughter Sophie arrives home after a night out, drunk and accompanied by police officers, no one is smiling the morning after. But Sophie remembers nothing about how she got into such a state.
Twelve hours later, Sophie’s friend Amy has still not returned home. Then the body of a young woman is found.
Karen is sure that Sophie knows more than she is letting on. But Karen has her own demons to fight. She struggles to go beyond her own door without a panic attack.
As she becomes convinced that Sophie is not only involved but also in danger, Karen must confront her own anxieties to stop whoever killed one young girl moving on to another – Sophie.
What did I think?

I noticed a lot of bloggers tweeting about Saving Sophie as it climbed up the Amazon chart, so I nipped over to NetGalley to get a copy for myself.  It's well worth a read if you have a spare few hours, as you won't be able to put it down - I certainly couldn't and read it over two nights.

Sophie is brought home by police after a night out with her friends.  She is extremely drunk and incoherent, mumbling something about her friend Amy.  The next day, Sophie can't remember very much at all about her night out, which wouldn't be such a big deal if one of her friends hadn't gone missing.  When the body of a young girl is found, Sophie's memories could hold the key to piecing together events from that night.  Then Sophie starts to receive photographs from an unknown email address - somebody knows what happened that night but Sophie can't remember, so if she shows the photos to the police she could end up incriminating herself.

Karen, Sophie's mum, is agoraphobic - she's afraid to leave the house after she was attacked a few years ago.  Alongside the police investigation, she contacts Sophie's friends and trawls through Facebook photographs to try to find out what happened after Sophie's friends allegedly put her in a taxi when she'd had a bit too much to drink.  Sophie's friends don't seem terribly helpful and are acting suspiciously - what or who are they hiding?

With short chapters, some of them showing creepy emails between an unknown sender and recipient, I absolutely rocketed through this book.  It's so fast paced and I had everyone under suspicion, so I couldn't wait to find out what had happened and how it would all end.  As the conclusion approached, I was on the edge of my seat and if I ever wanted to know how far a mother would go to protect her daughter, Sam Carrington certainly showed this in a spectacular way.

Saving Sophie is an edge of your seat read and an outstanding debut from Sam Carrington.  It's fast paced, gripping and impossible to put down.

I received this e-book from the publisher, HarperCollins Avon, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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