Saving Sophie (Sam Carrington)

Saving Sophie 30373872
Sam Carrington
Avon/Harper Collins
2016
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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.

Saving Sophie is a fast-paced thriller, a book you can read in just about two or three sittings. It’s highly entertaining and a lot of stuff happens from the start, so there isn’t a moment of boredom. Pages flew by and I was always interested in what was happening to the characters.

The story revolves around the Finch family. Sophie is a typical seventeen year old girl, only she can’t recall anything from the previous night. She went out with her friends and one of the girls was brutally murdered, but no one knows who did it or why. Sophie feels like she was a witness of the crime, but she can’t remember anything. What exactly happened that night? And why is someone following her? Meanwhile, her mother, agoraphobic after a horrible attack, is worried that Sophie might know more than she admits. Moreover, she might have some secrets of her own…

I found this novel to be a quick and decent read, although I can’t say it will stay with me for a long time. After reading endless thrillers and mysteries, this one didn’t surprise me or fascinated me like others did. I guess I always expect to be shocked and this time I wasn’t.

I did enjoy it a lot, though, because, who wouldn’t? It’s well written and it includes plenty of action and red herrings. Also, I believe Sam Carrington writes in a very compelling way and definitely knows how to keep us hooked and wondering about the murder.

Saving Sophie is a story where everyone lies in order to protect themselves. Things could’ve been solved much quicker if all characters told the truth, but then again, then there wouldn’t be a story 😋 I have to admit both mother and daughter frustrated me for most part of the book.

The revelations at the end were a bit of a letdown, but, on the contrary, I absolutely loved the epilogue: it was creepy and satisfying. The POVs were also quite interesting, especially Karen’s and Sophie’s. The detectives, not so much.

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I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

17 thoughts on “Saving Sophie (Sam Carrington)

  1. I’m really curious about this book, I believe the mother is suffering from a certain condition, that’s why I wanted to read it in the first place. I am sorry to hear it did not entirely live up to expectations. I had the same issue with The Stepmother. If the main character hadn’t resolved to lie for so long, some things might have been easier. Loved your review! I’m a tad bit reassured I finally found an “okay” review, and not just raves!

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    1. Hi Donna, thank you 🙂 Yes, she’s agoraphobic because she was attacked. That storyline was pretty interesting and I did like the book, it’s just that it wasn’t remarkable, imo. Yes, I’ve only seen excellent reviews and I felt a bit bad, but it’s just how I felt. The same thing happened with The Primrose Path haha

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  2. Great review! The blurb reminded me a lot of All The Rage by Courtney Summers. I don’t know if you have read it but Saving Sophie sounds very similar!

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  3. Awesome review. The blurb sounds quite promising but I am sorry that the book wasn’t all that especially in terms of twists and surprises. The ending sounds weak too. I am on the fence about reading this one but will check it out if I find it.

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    1. Everyone seems to love it, so I think I’m the minority here haha Wait a bit and then decide 😃 Thank you Diana 😘

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  4. This book seems very interesting, and I’d like to give it a read! specially the synopsis.. Not being able to trust your daughter, yet not knowing if she may be the next victim sounds like an awesome premise for a thriller. Great review 🙂

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    1. Yeah, that’s what made me want to read it! I guess I expected a more explosive ending, but it’s a good book anyway! Thanks 😘

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  5. It seems like if the mother is afraid of her house, that wouldn’t lead to her being suspicious of her daughter, but of her being terrified for her daughter to leave the house (and reaffirm her phobia). The logic doesn’t add up to me!

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  6. There are things that I want very much to change, but my struggle each morning is with the willingness. I hope to focus on that in 2013. I might just have to pick up a copy of Gabby’s book tomorrow!

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