Sam Carrington is baaaaaack!! I could not be more excited to be sharing my review of Sam Carrington’s recently released novel, ‘One Little Lie’. Big thank you, as always, to Avon Books for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
‘I’m Alice. And my son is a murderer.’
Deborah’s son was killed four years ago.
Alice’s son is in prison for committing that crime.
Deborah would give anything to have her boy back, and Alice would do anything to right her son’s wrongs.
Driven by guilt and the need for redemption, Alice has started a support group for parents with troubled children. But as the network begins to grow, she soon finds out just how easy it is for one little lie to spiral out of control…
They call it mother’s intuition, but can you ever really know your own child?
What does TWG think?
Having devoured, loved, dreamt about, and shouted about Sam Carrington’s previous novels, I couldn’t contain my excitement when I heard that there was a third book on the horizon. Of course, Carrington unknowingly had to beat my expectations with this one which I can only assume would be a task, should she have been aware of that fact. In my eyes, Carrington shouldn’t have written two BRILLIANT novels for me to compare ‘One Little Lie’ to ;). Thankfully, and I am sure that the author will breathe a sigh of relief with this next sentence, she did not disappoint with ‘One Little Lie’ at all. Whilst I didn’t feel as though it was better than her previous novels, ‘Saving Sophie’ and ‘Bad Sister’, Carrington has still written a jaw dropping novel where this one is concerned!
Be prepared to read a story from different points of view, with each describing their own version of events each time. If you thought that you would know the truth, you have got quite a long wait ahead of you because hell, if psychologist, Connie Summers, struggled to decipher her clients hidden agenda’s, us readers would need to pick up on something very detailed.
There are a lot of characters featured in the storyline of ‘One Little Lie’, and whilst it did confuse me a little to begin with, once I got used to it I realised that every character was there for a reason. It also meant that the truth became a lot more jaded as the storyline went on because of the amount of characters that were involved in the situation, or were related to someone who was involved in the situation, and so on. Plus, if you add to that a couple of main characters who seemed intent on keeping something vital hidden, I would be lying if I said that I thought there was only ONE little lie.
Sam Carrington is very clever at teasing her readers and making them feel as though they’re onto a winner, before pulling out the carpet from underneath their feet. I’m not complaining at all, but you would think that after three books, I would be accustom to just how the author thinks, but I’m not! Far from it! In fact, I seem to be further away from that discovery with every new book Carrington releases.
I have to admit that I struggled to see things from Alice’s point of view, as I couldn’t grasp why she would go down the route that she did. Having said that, I think that Alice’s situation is one that people cannot really judge unless you’re in that predicament yourself. Same for Deborah to be honest, although I had more empathy towards that character, even if I did think that she was a bit of a dark horse. I couldn’t quite put my finger on why that was though!
Overall, Sam Carrington has delivered a cracking, psychologically twisted, engaging, and intense novel which had my brain close to popping like a balloon. Carrington’s story telling is one of a kind, and whilst I would love to know what goes through this authors mind at times, I just know that I would be scarred for life if she didn’t soften the blow by weaving her twisted concepts into her poor characters fictional lives. Highly recommended!
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