FINALLY!!!! I have been waiting for Sam Carrington’s new book to come out ever since I finished reading her debut, Saving Sophie! Not only did the lovely AvonBooks supply me with an ARC of ‘Bad Sister’ (massive thank you to both Avon and Sam Carrington), I now have the honour of sharing my review with you all as part of the blog tour! Can you tell I’m excited? Scroll down just a tad to read my review of Sam Carrington’s latest novel, Bad Sister:
The gripping new thriller from the bestselling author of Saving Sophie.
Stephanie is scared for her life. Her psychologist, Connie Summers, wants to help her face her fears, but Connie will never really understand her. Stephanie’s past has been wiped away for her own protection. Stephanie isn’t even her real name. But then, Dr Summers isn’t Connie’s real name either.
And that’s not all the women have in common. As Stephanie opens up about her troubled relationship with her brother, Connie is forced to confront her own dark family secrets.
When a mutilated body is dumped in plain sight, it will have devastating consequences for both women.
Who is the victim?
Who is to blame?
Who is next?
Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Bad Sister will have fans of Sue Fortin, B A Paris and Linda Green hooked till the final page.
What does TWG think?
Oh my GOD! After reading Sam Carrington’s debut novel; ‘Saving Sophie’ last year, I genuinely thought that the author had set the bar extremely high for herself. As far as I was concerned, ‘Saving Sophie’ required paper bags to be sold with every copy because of the state of my breathing afterwards. If I thought THAT book was nail-biting, you just wait to see what I think about ‘Bad Sister’.
Sam Carrington may have set the bar high with her debut novel, but I can tell you now – she has set the bar even high with this book. By ‘even higher’ I mean way, way, WAY higher.
I had had a copy of ‘Bad Sister’ a while before I finally let myself read it. I wanted to read it, yet I didn’t want to because once that ‘first time feeling’ had gone, it was never coming back. I kept off reading it until the very last-minute, purely for that very reason. I tried to savour it. I tried to read even slower than normal so that the book would last longer. But truth be told – I sucked at that big time. I didn’t savour it. I didn’t read slower. Instead, I ended up finishing it in a couple of hours. No joke. Once that book was in my hand and my eyes were fixed onto the page, I refused to move.
I’m not even going to share my take on the summary like I usually do as I don’t want to give the slightest thing away. No chance in hell.
Straight away the author had me hooked. The characters were faced with an uncertain situation and us readers arrive slap bang in the middle of it. What’s happening? Who did what? What happens now? Who’s telling the truth? It’s hard not to find yourself with multiple questions swimming around in your mind, trying to make sense of the few paragraphs you’ve just read. Believe me, I had those questions floating around my head for the duration of the novel. It didn’t seem to matter what I did to try to reach my own conclusion, I seemed to end up with even more questions than before. Oh and no, I didn’t manage to reach my own conclusion, as once again I was completely way off. I thought I had it sussed yet the storyline appeared to think otherwise.
The main character in this book is Connie. A nice enough lady but then again, do we really know her? Whilst we do follow her journey, the book also takes a detour along the way which will no doubt catch you off guard and think ‘what the…’.
If someone were to ask me what my favourite part of the book was, I honestly wouldn’t be able to come up with an answer. However, if someone were to ask me what my favourite books of 2017 are, I’d be able to reel off the list no problem, whilst also adding ‘Bad Sister’ to the list as though it had been there forever.
‘Bad Sister’ kept my pulse racing, my palms sweating, and my attention piqued for the duration of the book. Never have I ever read a book like this before – the storyline was fast paced and severely intense. So intense in fact, I constantly felt as though I was being watched. The storyline had my senses on high alert due to the character antics throughout the book. I am genuinely surprised I didn’t end up with paper cuts on my fingers due to the speed in which I was changing the pages.
You know you have read an excellent book when you sit back with the book on your lap, and a hand over your mouth in shock. Why? Because that is exactly what I did.
‘Bad Sister’ blew any expectations I had out of the water by surpassing them tenfold. I could not fault a single part of this book – not one. Everything worked. Everything flowed. There was the right amount of suspense, intensity and ‘what if’s?’. The pace of the storyline was on-point which meant that I had no time to sit twiddling my thumbs, waiting for the next bad guy to show up. For me, that is an absolutely brilliant sign. I don’t want to sit twiddling my thumbs whilst reading a psychological thriller. I want to be biting my nails down to the stumps!
‘Bad Sister’ is such a heart in mouth, spine tingling and high voltage, shocking novel which Sam Carrington has written to perfection. Very cleverly written, Sam Carrington has completely blown me away with her well thought out and well crafted storyline which kept me guessing until the very end. I thought ‘Saving Sophie’ was top-notch, but now I think that ‘Bad Sister’ is even better.
This book deserves an infinitive amount of gold stars, I’m not going to lie. The nearest I can get to that is by putting ‘Bad Sister’ on my ‘Top Books of 2017’ list, AND my ‘most favourite books EVER’ list, because that is exactly what it is.
Thanks Avon & Sam Carrington.