Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington – a review


Being a teenager is hard enough. A stalker bent on murdering you doesn’t make it any easier.

Sophie is your average teenager, trying to juggle university and work, while trying to take care of a mother with severe PTSD that has taken its toll on her marriage. Everything that Karen is convinced she has put behind her comes back to haunt her when Sophie is discovered by the police, alone and drunk in the middle of nowhere, with no recollection of how she got there. Things take an uglier turn when Sophie’s friend Erin is found murdered not far away from where she was found.

As the story progresses, Sophie starts getting flashbacks of the night Erin was killed while Karen, struggling to get rid of the horrors of her past for the sake of her daughter and best friend, tries to figure out what must have happened that fateful night. One thing is clear to both mother and daughter: whether she is involved or not, Sophie is headed towards the same end as Erin.

Saving Sophie – strengths

The book is written from the point of view of Sophie, Karen and Detective Inspector Wade. What I really loved about the book is that it’s not just a thriller. Karen’s mental condition has been thoroughly explored in a way that not only makes the reader sympathise with her but also with the people around her who are trying to come to help her out but don’t quite know how. The strain it puts on her relationship with everyone around her will leave you exasperated and feel sorry for her at the same time.

Saving Sophie – drawbacks

The understanding of other characters in Saving Sophie however, remains murky and will often make the reader want to know more about them. Most characters, that are clearly vital to the story seem no more than props to be honest, especially Mike, Karen’s husband, is reduced to a bitter middle aged man who wants nothing to do with his wife.


The build up of the story is good enough, it’s neither too fast nor too slow. It will make the reader feel anxious and excited as more and more secrets are unearthed, making it hard to put the book down. For a debut novel, Sam Carrington has penned a marvellous story.

Shout out to The Book Shook for sending me this treat along with other amazing goodies.

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