Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington
Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington is her debut novel, a psychological thriller.
First, let me thank NetGalley (and the author and publisher) for providing me with this book in return for an honest review.
Karen and Mike Finch are having some marital issues. Karen, a parole officer who has barely left the house since she was attacked two years ago, hears again and again how she is to blame for their problems. Mike is frustrated, and showing it with his ignorance. Their love for their daughter Sophie has kept them together.
When 17-year old Sophie is brought home by the police after a night out drinking with friends, her Mom is upset that Sophie doesn’t seem to remember the evening. However, when Sophie still remembers nothing the next day, Karen becomes concerned. Sophie’s friends say that she was put in a cab and sent home. So how did she end up coming home in a police car, and why did one of her friends end up missing? When another is found dead, things start to get complicated, for everyone. Sophie is receiving emails that may implicate her in that death. Her other friends are acting strange, and her Mom, stranger than ever. Who can she trust?
Karen is sure her daughter is hiding something. Karen, however, has her own secrets, and is battling her own issues. Her constant state of panic and anxiety prevents her from even visiting her best friend, the mother of the dead girl. When she realizes her own daughters life may be in danger, will she be strong enough to fight for her, or will her agoraphobia prevent her from even leaving the front door? Could her own past be coming back to haunt her and her daughter?
I really enjoyed this book. Twists and turns abound. Although a little choppy, suspense builds due to the fact that it is written from the three viewpoints (Sophie, Karen, and the police officer DI Wade), none of which share information. As well, the short chapters bring about a fast pace. The agoraphobic aspect was very well written, and although you want to shake Karen, it is more about the secrets that she is keeping than the fact that she can’t leave the house. You can understand the kids not sharing information, but Karen acts more like a child than an adult (most of the time).
Moral of the story….secrets can get someone killed.
I am wondering if her next will book will include the same detectives. It was a nice change to see that the police work was done more in the background than up front, but DI Wade seems interesting.
Worth the read!
Favorite Quotes from Saving Sophie:
“I don’t get it. Seriously. I mean, you started off afraid to be in the car on your own. Understandable. Then it progressed to not liking the car at all. Then afraid to go outside on your own, and now you’re afraid to leave the house, period.”
About the Author: Sam Carrington lives in Devon England with her husband and three children. Following the completion of a psychology degree she went to work for the prison service as an Offending Behaviour Programme Facilitator. Her experiences within this field inspired her writing. Saving Sophie is her first novel.