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Saving Sophie: A Gripping Psychological Thriller With a Brilliant Twist

Saving Sophie: A Gripping Psychological Thriller With a Brilliant Twist

Written by Sam Carrington

Narrated by Antonia Beamish


Saving Sophie: A Gripping Psychological Thriller With a Brilliant Twist

Written by Sam Carrington

Narrated by Antonia Beamish

ratings:
4/5 (30 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
Released:
Dec 15, 2016
ISBN:
9780008239916
Format:
Audiobook

Description

‘I DEVOURED THIS STORY IN ONE SITTING’ Louise Jensen, author of The SisterA teenage girl is missing. Is your daughter involved, or is she next?
Released:
Dec 15, 2016
ISBN:
9780008239916
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Sam Carrington lives in Devon with her husband and three children. She worked for the NHS for 15 years, during which time she qualified as a nurse. Following the completion of a Psychology degree she went to work for the prison service as an Offending Behaviour Facilitator. Her experiences within this field inspired her writing. She left the service to spend time with her family and to follow her dream of being a novelist.


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  • (3/5)
    Saving Sophie is from British author Sam Carrington.Karen's seventeen year old daughter Sophie is brought home by the police after a drunken night out with friends. The next day she has no memory of what happened on the night out. Which isn't good - as her friend Amy still hasn't been home either. And then a body is found.Karen is determined to protect her own daughter, but wonders if Sophie truly can't remember a thing.....as do the police.Carrington has given Karen an interesting affliction - she's agoraphobic. This severely limits what she can do from the confines of her house. It also allows the rest of her family to walk out the door on her. Her mental state plays a large part in her reactions to what is happening.What I did find (okay more than) a bit hard to swallow was Karen and Sophie's relationship. While Karen seems prepared to absolve Sophie of any wrong doing, Sophie seems just as determined to annoy and distress her mother at every turn. And I really didn't like Karen herself any better. Just as awkward and disturbing was husband Mike's treatment of Karen. Truly awful.* slight spoiler - stop now if you're going to read the book.*Why, oh why does no one take what they know to the police?! Sophie and Karen. Because they're going to find out whdunit and why on their own? *snorts* I found the depiction of the police and their eventual investigation improbable. They walk away from solid leads and don't follow up with others.I did finish the book as I wanted to see how Carrington would tie her ends together. Sadly I found that too unbelievable. Saving Sophie had a good premise as a base, but I found it lacking in execution. The actual title of the book appears as "Saving Sophie: A gripping psychological thriller with a brilliant twist." That long and detailed subtitle? Trying too hard.
  • (5/5)
    A perfect example of a true psychological thriller!Two police officers deliver your teenage daughter home one night. She is completely incoherent and was found wandering along a road. This happens to Karen, who is an agoraphobic who hasn't been able to leave her house unaided for the past two years. The following morning Karen's daughter, Sophie, is still no clearer about what exactly happened the previous night, but her friend, Amy, is missing and the police start investigating.The perspectives are mainly those of Karen and Sophie, but there are also minor chapters from the perspective of DI Lindsay Wade and her colleague DS Mack as well as emails written by somebody whose identity isn't clear.Both, Karen and Sophie, are very well characterized and although I found myself shouting at them several times, their actions and decisions remained credible considering their backgrounds and circumstances. The family dynamics between mother, daughter and the father, Mike, who remained in the background a lot of the time, were done in a very believable manner.Because of Karen's frequent panic attacks, there was a lot about breathing in this book, and quite cleverly, it affected my own heart rate several times. I finished this a little while ago and still feel I need to go for a dog walk to calm down. This really was intense, right from the explosive prologue to the utterly brilliant epilogue. I was glued to the pages for the last 30%.Initially, I was wondering why there was so much focus on Karen. But as the story progresses, Sam Carrington's meticulous plotting reveals secrets and surprises that uncover a very twisted tale and the different strands come together perfectly. There was nothing predictable about this story. Great how social media, the Internet, and our online lives were integrated into the plot. I also loved the setting in Devon with Dartmoor providing a creepy atmosphere.This is a debut novel from a writer who is clearly hugely talented. I was very pleased to see Sam Carrington is already working on her next book featuring DI Wade and DS Mack.Highly recommended if you like nail-biting psychological thrillers! Just make sure you have time set aside because you may want to finish this in one sitting.Many thanks to Harper Collins UK for my ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • (3/5)
    Karen and Mike Finch are upset and appalled when their seventeen-year-old daughter, Sophie, is brought home by the police. She was found drunk and wandering lost and confused around town. But Karen is also concerned and feels as if something is off: Sophie has no memories of most of the evening, and one of her friends, Amy, still hasn't returned home by morning. An agoraphobic thanks to an attack two years ago, the events with Sophie trigger Karen's intense anxiety. And soon, the Finch family will find themselves embroiled in a dark series of events that may threaten their own safety and sanity.

    This was a strange novel. It definitely sets up with a well-done twist that hooks you. However, it then sort of slows down a bit, and it is burdened by some very strange and unbelievable storylines. For me, I found that I really didn't like or have a lot of sympathy for anyone in the Finch family, even with all they had been through. Sophie was a rather hateful teenager, who treated her parents with complete disdain, and she showed very little rationale in her decision-making. Karen's endless musings went on too much, and she was even worse in the decision area. And Mike was just hateful and rude. Sophie and her friends just seemed clueless and really hateful in their actions (without giving away too much).

    Overall, the book was definitely engaging, and it certainly kept my attention; it was a fast read. Still, I found myself appalled by the characters' actions; people made some of the dumbest decisions and had some of the worst motivations in this novel, from the "bad guy" to the Finches to Sophie's friends. This made some of the story difficult to believe and buy. There's nothing really bad about it, I just found myself annoyed with the characters and frustrated by the story.

    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Netgalley (thank you!) in return for an unbiased review.