Review: Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington


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Release date: August 12, 2016

Publisher: Avon Books UK

Genre: Psychological Thriller/Mystery 

Goodreads blurb: 

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.
A taut psychological thriller, perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and I Let You Go. 

Review: 

This book has been getting a ton of positive hype on social media, so naturally my nosy self was dying to read it! While the storyline itself was excellent, I had so many problems with the Finch family that I found I couldn’t quite lose myself in the story as much as I would have liked to.

It begins with Sophie being escorted home by the police after a night out with a group of friends. She’s out of her mind drunk and when she wakes up the next morning she can’t recall much of anything from the night before. Her mother, Karen is understandably upset and shaken. It’s been two years since she was involved in a terrifying ordeal that’s left her agoraphobic. When it becomes apparent that both Sophie and Karen are in danger, the two frantically try and piece together what really happened that night.

Let’s start with what worked for me.The premise of this book really grabbed my attention, and the cover art didn’t hurt either. I’m a sucker for a good cover and this one is striking. Like I said earlier, the storyline worked for me as did the pacing. The chapters are short, rapid and told from Karen, Sophie and DI Wade’s POV. I always appreciate this approach, especially in a thriller where you know some, if not all of the narrators are unreliable.  The plotting was well crafted and the tension was palpable. Carrington spoon feeds the reader with exactly the right amount of information to keep you engaged and flipping the pages quickly. I had anxiety right along with Karen as she stressed and worried about Sophie. The ending was a bit of a shock and I quite liked the epilogue.

As for what annoyed me, well the entire Finch family! Knowing the danger Sophie was in, I had a really hard time understanding why the hell Karen wouldn’t reveal all she knew to the police. Sophie was just as bad as her mother as they plotted and schemed together but were so hesitant to get help from DI Wade. Speaking of DI Wade, I would’ve liked to hear more from her as her chapters were short and infrequent and she seemed like a sharp and interesting character, she just wasn’t fleshed out at all. The afterward did make mention of her appearance in Carrington’s next novel though. Mike Finch was so irritating. He was so unsympathetic in regards to Karen’s agoraphobia that he just seemed like an insensitive jerk. With the altogether unlikability of this family and the mind blowing amount of secrets they were all keeping from each other, I really couldn’t warm up to any of them.

I’m starting to think that maybe I’ve just read way too many really well executed psychological thrillers so it’s rare that I’m blown away anymore. While there were certain aspects of Saving Sophie that I liked, I had just as many overall issues. I will say that I would be interested in seeing what Carrington writes next and that I can definitely see the appeal for some people.

Overall rating: 3/5

Thanks to Avon Books UK and Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

4 thoughts on “Review: Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington

  1. Annie says:

    “I’m starting to think that maybe I’ve just read way too many really well executed psychological thrillers so it’s rare that I’m blown away anymore. ” MY THOUGHTS.

    But then today I finished Behind closed doors and was so amazed!

    I enjoyed this one, but like you, I wasn’t that impressed. It was entertaining but nothing special in my opinion!

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