27.9.16

BOOK REVIEW: Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington

 A teenage girl is missing. Is you 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 in 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. 

Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 300

Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington is a gripping psychological thriller. Karen's daughter Sophie is brought home by police just after 10pm on a night out. Appearing drunk, she is very disorientated and has no recollection of how she became separated from her friends. The next day, Sophie still has no memory of the night before and now her friend Amy has not returned home. Karen knows there is more to the situation and deep down she knows that Sophie is in danger.
This book is very clever; the author plays on so many of your fears; your child being harmed; losing your memory; being followed, the list goes on. Added into this is the fact that Sophie's mum Karen suffers from Agoraphobia, she is completely terrified of leaving her own home. Her family have come to tolerate her problem but how can Karen help Sophie if she can't even get out of her own front door?
I felt that the book was well plotted and the author maintains a good pace. I read it in just over one day and the chapters are the perfect length for you to think 'I'll read just one more!'. There were a few plot lines that left me with questions almost as though there were some loose ends when the book finished.
Adding in Karen's condition gave the book a different feel to others in the genre. Normally a character will do some investigating on their own and then run off and save the victim but it was clear from the beginning that it wouldn't be so easy for Karen.
Saving Sophie will capture you from the first page. I highly recommend it plus it's only 99p to download on Kindle at the moment so you can't go wrong!

Many thanks to Helena from Harper Collins for sending me a copy of this book to review. 

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